Even when automotive design was still a young science, the engineers strove to reduce the weight of their vehicles in order to make better use of the available power from the engine. Even today, the topic of weight reduction remains as important as ever, and has acquired new urgency in view of the additional weight involved in satisfying customers’ comfort and convenience requirements.
Wooden BodyworkDKW cars built between 1928 and 1942 mostly had a wooden-framed body covered with imitation leather.
Grand-Prix Racing CarsBernd Rosemeyer in the Auto Union 16-cylinder Grand Prix racing car, at the Nürburg Ring in 1937. Auto Union racing cars had extremely light aluminium bodies.
DKW F 8 Sport coupéIn 1938, DKW built eight of its Meisterklasse models with a light alloy body for motorsport purposes; they had a 700 cc, 20 hp twin-cylinder, two-stroke engine and a top speed of 115 km/h.
DKW 3=6 MonzaIn December 1956 this DKW 3=6 with a lightweight plastic body set up several world speed records on the Monza track in Italy.
Audi Avus quattro®At the Tokyo Motor Show in the autumn of 1991, Audi earned the admiration of the automobile world by exhibiting a futuristic sports car design study.
ASF-Audi Space Frame The ASF (Audi Space FrameAudi Space FrameThe Audi Space Frame is a high-strength aluminium frame structure into which all panels are integrated so that they also perform a load-bearing function.Audi Space Frame ) aluminium-bodies design study was exhibited at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 1993; in 1994 the Audi A8, using this construction principle, was introduced.