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October 23, 2008
Alcoa Supplies Spaceframe for Ferrari California
Lightweight Solution Latest in Alcoa and Ferrari Innovation in
CLEVELAND--Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products announced today that it has been
selected by Ferrari S.p.A. to supply the all-aluminum spaceframe for the
upcoming Ferrari California. The California, recently unveiled at the
Paris International Motor Show, is the latest performance vehicle from
The strength and lightweight advantages of Alcoa’s
aluminum technologies allow Ferrari to maximize performance, strength
and structural rigidity of the California to meet customer expectations.
Alcoa’s aluminum spaceframe is a key component
to delivering another new Ferrari with legendary world-class performance.
in the aluminum industry and a close working relationship with Ferrari,
has enabled aluminum solutions to match the legendary performance of
each Ferrari. We are dedicated to providing aluminum spaceframe
technologies that allow Ferrari to meet all performance, safety and
passenger comfort measurements for the new California,”
explains Kevin B. Kramer, President, Alcoa Wheel and Transportation
“Working closely with Ferrari from the start
of the project allowed Alcoa to maximize strength on an open-top two
seat sports car while reducing mass and weight to increase performance
and deliver a superb driving experience,” said
Alcoa’s optimized aluminum solutions for the
new Ferrari California help increase performance while lowering vehicle
weight to deliver increased fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions.
Particular attention was paid to fuel consumption levels which in the
case of the ECE combined cycle is 13.2 l/100 km with CO2 emission levels
of around 310 g/km.
Alcoa’s spaceframe manufacturing facility is
located in Modena, Italy, very close to the Ferrari plant.
About Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products
Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products, headquartered in Cleveland,
Ohio, serves the commercial vehicle, automotive, and defense markets
with products used in a range of applications including cast and forged
aluminum wheels, aluminum space frames, specialized vacuum die cast
products, niche products such as Dura-Bright®
and Dura-Flange® wheels and M-Series™
medium truck wheels, as well as a variety of other aluminum components
for these markets. AWTP is composed of three divisions: Transportation
Products, Commercial Vehicle Wheels, and Automotive Wheels. It employs
2,800 people at 30 locations worldwide.
Alcoa (NYSE:AA) is the world leader in the production and management of
primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum and alumina combined through its
active and growing participation in all major aspects of the industry.
Alcoa serves the aerospace, automotive, packaging, building and
construction, commercial transportation and industrial markets, bringing
design, engineering, production and other capabilities of Alcoa's
businesses to customers. In addition to aluminum products and components
including flat-rolled products, hard alloy extrusions, and forgings,
Alcoa also markets Alcoa® wheels, fastening
systems, precision and investment castings, structures and building
systems. The Company has 97,000 employees in 34 countries and has been
named one of the top most sustainable corporations in the world at the
World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. More information can be
found at www.alcoa.com.