Aluminum spaceframe on new Corvette 30% lighter than steel design

Aug 10, 2005 | 01:33 PM | Philip Burgert

Automotive parts supplier Dana Corp., Toledo, Ohio, said an all-aluminum, ultra-lightweight spaceframe it is supplying for General Motors Corp.'s new Z06 Corvette is cutting the mass of the original all-steel design by more than 30 percent.

The weight reduction is helping GM surpass its target for lowering total frame weight of the sixth-generation Corvette, which with a 500-horsepower engine is described as the fastest, most powerful car ever produced by General Motors. The new model was introduced at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.....

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