Linen, precious as the future
Soul in hemp for parts of the car body of Romeo Ferraris’ Giulia ETCR
1 Jun 2021
HEMP | NEW MATERIALS | AUTOMOTIVE
The car body of Romeo Ferraris’ Giulia ETCR, which is due to take part in the PURE ETCR championship, has elements in hemp fibre composite material. These materials have been developed by Linificio e Canapificio Nazionale and FiberTech Group, working together once again for a project with an exceptionally high degree of technology, sustainability and Made in Italy excellence.
It is not enough to simply concentrate on the engine in reducing a car’s environmental footprint: it is also necessary to rethink the materials used for the car body, making them lighter to reduce emissions and more natural to impact less in the phases of production and end-of-life.
This is the philosophy behind an entirely Italian project that has hemp as its protagonist: the world’s most sustainable textile fibre together with linen, the only natural fibre of European origin.
Starting from the hemp plant, Linificio and Fibertech have created a composite material that boasts performance similar to synthetic fibres in terms of weight, elasticity and resistance, but which guarantees dramatically reduced environmental impact.
It is with this innovative material that Bercella – a company from Italy’s motor valley, leader in the application of composite materials for the automotive and aerospace sectors – has created the car body for the new Alfa Giulia ETCR from the visionary Romeo Ferraris team.
The occasion for the launch of the car that respects the future is the PURE ETCR final, the experimental car championship devoted to electric cars that took place in Pau-Arnos (France) over the 15-17 October weekend