Bugatti is trying out basalt composites

Bugatti is trying out basalt composites
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Germany-located startup Alpha Sigma customized components for a new Bugatti Chiron automobile.

Bugatti Chiron, a new sports car, is expected to be available just in 500 units valued at 3 million euros each.

Alpha Sigma GmbH from Zwickau, Germany, designed several basalt composite components and developed a technology for small series production.

For the Bugatti project, the startup used about 50 square meters of basalt fabric to reinforce thermosets. The components turned out to be aesthetic, lightweight and durable, capable of being exposed to 1200 C.

“I learned about this material in 2010, and soon I realized that this was my future,” said Michael Jacob, Alpha Sigma co-founder in the interview to FreiePresse.

Fabian Lish, startup co-founder, brought his expertise in economics. They both are graduates of the University of Western Saxony, where they jointly worked on mass production of basalt composite products.

The idea to produce low-cost and eco-friendly structural elements from basalt composites led to the decision of launching a joint business in 2013. In November 2015, with the support of the Saxon Development Bank, they founded Alpha Sigma, which has been continuously growing since then, offering engineering and consulting services in the composites production.

Michael Jacob does not focus on the development of basalt composite solutions exclusively for the automotive industry, stating that basalt fiber application scope can be much wider.

One could hardly disagree with this statement, being aware of the implemented projects, such as an eco-bridge made of basalt composite that was built in the logistics business park Schiphol (Holland), a line of modern basalt composite prostheses that Coyote Design (USA) produces, and the construction of pontoons from basalt fiber-reinforced concrete by SF Pontona, Sweden.

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