Exhausts lose weight for the new year

Exhausts are getting a makeover by cutting their weight in half which could save on petrol costs and reduce emissions. Experts are working with Coventry University on a six month […]

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By Taryn Nixon

Exhausts are getting a makeover by cutting their weight in half which could save on petrol costs and reduce emissions.

Experts are working with Coventry University on a six month intense programme to design and make exhaust systems to just 20 kilograms. The weight of an exhaust pipe is normally around 40 kilos.

Marcus Henry, a principal engineer at Unipart Eberspacher Exhaust Systems, who are working with the university on the project said: “We have a vision for the future with lightweight exhausts and that future means they can reduce the overall vehicle mass by over one per cent, which is very significant in vehicle terms.”

The systems could be used in cars as early as 2016.