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Drapò Project

Drapò Project
1/13/2016

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The DRAPO’ project, named after the Piedmont Regional flag, aims at achieving a new car concept with a minimal environmental impact based on a new generation of systems, components, technologies and materials that are at the cutting-edge of technology, energy-efficient and economically sustainable. The purpose of the project is to gua​rantee maximum efficiency for a vehicle with reduced dimensions, mass and costs, both on city streets as well as outside cities, with a driving profile marked by average speeds that are not too high, frequent accelerations and decelerations and relatively long stopping periods.

To achieve a 25% reduction in the vehicle consumption levels, the activity will focus on recovering and re-using the excess thermal and kinetic energy, and on efficient auxiliary systems and control strategies for the efficient management of the energy on board. In addition to making the vehicle lighter through the use of high-performance composite polymer materials for structural and styling applications, we shall opt for efficient and sustainable aerodynamic solutions for a reduction in the resistance to motion. 

As part of the project, the following will be developed: 

  • a prototype for the experimental approval of the technical contents 
  • application examples of the materials and technologies developed: bonnet, roof with photovoltaic cells, internal panelling, multi-material/-technology structures for modular and flexible conversions, multi-functional components. 
  • a technological demonstrator with the task of expressing the evolution of the car in the future, a carrier to promote the participants' activities.

The reduction in consumption levels and CO2 emissions from fossil fuels is the most important challenge for the automotive industry in the next 20 years, and it constitutes an opportunity for technological and economic growth both on a national and on an international scale.​​

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