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THE PEOPLE BEHIND LAND ROVER’S GREATEST INNOVATIONS L I G H T W E I G H T T E C H N O L O G Y At Jaguar Land Rover, developing industry-leading lightweight aluminium architecture is not simply desirable, it’s a necessity. Chief engineer Mark White explains its success A lighter car is a better car in every way. It uses less fuel, is faster, brakes better, has less wear and tear on its components and it rides better. There really is no downside to a lighter vehicle. This was our starting point when investing in lightweight aluminium technology across Land Rover and Jaguar. However, the material cost of raw aluminium is three times that of steel. That ought to make it an economic non-starter in terms of vehicle production, and yet Jaguar Land Rover is now an industry leader in the use of aluminium vehicle technology and the percentage of aluminium used in our vehicles is set to rise. Why? Well, aluminium may be a more expensive material, but it is also extremely strong, lightweight and versatile. That’s why it has always been used in the aerospace industry and it’s why some of the first Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles were built using it. Today, increasing fuel efficiency and reducing CO ² emissions are key requirements of our industry and aluminium is one element of our lightweight vehicle strategy that is allowing us to improve these figures, while constantly improving the driver experience for our customers. We’re not doing this just to be industry leaders – we focus on making premium SUVs that are Best In Class in every sense. Replacing a steel body with aluminium meant reconsidering the entire design and manufacturing process. One way we have achieved the results we have, despite the increased material cost of aluminium, is by creating an industry-first closed loop recycling strategy that reuses offcuts from the production process. This means that up to 50% of the aluminium used in our lightweight body architecture is made from recycled metal, requiring only 10% of the energy in the manufacturing process compared to primary metal production. We also adopted rivet-bonded technology from aerospace as another industry first. Spot-welding aluminium in the same way as steel is challenging. This automated riveting technique combined with adhesive bonding creates a joint that is actually stronger and more durable than a steel spot-welded joint. It also greatly reduces the amount of power needed to build a car and thus factory emissions. Riveting also reduces the number of joints required – this is part of a larger strategy of reducing the number of parts in the overall vehicle. The more parts we create, the higher the cost. Applying our strategy across the whole vehicle, we’ve been able to replace 30 or 40 steel parts with about 10 in aluminium. The challenge for us in producing highperformance premium vehicles is to significantly reduce the carbon footprint of our fleet while maintaining the capability, performance, refinement and comfort our customers expect. We take a holistic approach, looking not only at our vehicles, but also at our manufacturing process. In this way, combining both design and engineering, we are able to achieve greater efficiencies and lower emissions across our vehicles’ whole life cycle. Many of the next generation of Land Rover vehicles will be built using our lightweight technology strategy. For example, the new Range Rover weighs over 400kg less than the previous model – a reduction of over 40% or equivalent to the weight of five people. That includes weight savings of 200kg in the vehicle body weight, 70kg in the chassis weight and 130kg in the powertrain (depending on engine derivatives). For us, it’s not just about making an aluminium vehicle. We look at aluminium as just one way to reduce weight, while ensuring that we keep on improving on- and off-road performance. We want to give customers their cake and the opportunity to eat it. 66
THE LAND ROVER COLLECTION 2016 TRUST LAND ROVER TO OFFER YOU MORE landrover.com The new Land Rover collection is more extensive than it’s ever been. Designed with the whole family in mind, our carefully selected range encapsulates the spirit of our iconic brand with items that are versatile, durable, stylish and technically smart. From warm goose down jackets to Swiss-made chronograph watches this high quality collection offers something for everyone and this season we’ve introduced an even bigger selection of items. As well as t-shirts, we’ve got jerseys, hoodies, leather weekender bags and more besides. Designed especially for children, we have colourful backpacks and lunchboxes. And because everything carries our name you know you can rely on it to deliver. New Land Rover Collection, our best yet. For more information visit your local Land Rover Retailer.
Land Rover Magazine showcases stories from around the world that celebrate inner strength and the drive to go Above and Beyond.
In this issue, New Defender is put through its paces by two inspirational young adventurers as they prepare for an expedition to the South Pole. We also celebrate 50 years of Range Rover by taking a journey of discovery to Dubai. As well as looking back, we look to future as a group of visionaries explain the technologies that could change the future for all of us.