December 5, 2014
Arbath has launched its production of the Abarth 695 Biposto. The car features SABIC polycarbonate glazing solutions and resins. It is the road version of the Abarth 695 Assetto Corse, which competes on racetracks throughout Europe.
The car maker used SABIC’s EXATEC glazing system. This involves applying protective coating layers on LEXAN resin-based windows. After being applied, it can protect against UV exposure and abrasions. These solutions can also make it possible for a 40% weight reduction for the front fixed window and siding panel. With this coating, the Biposto weighed in at 2,198 pounds.
“It is rewarding for us at SABIC anytime one of our customers is able to achieve ambitions that would not otherwise be possible without our materials,” said Scott Fallon, general manager, Automotive, SABIC. “In this case, our EXATEC coating technology proved vital to the task of creating a road-ready racing car without compromising the design. This vehicle is another in a line of good examples of what PC glazing can do to help automakers’ develop and deliver lighter, better performing and differentiated vehicles for their customers.”
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.