Titanium Gleams in the Automobile Industry

    Posted by Ben Davidson about 3 months ago

    The use of titanium in the global automotive market is expected to grow with a CAGR of 3.3% by 2023, according to a new marketing report published by Lucintel. The worldwide demand for titanium is booming in the construction sector, though this material is also making its presence felt in other industries, including aircraft, electronics, and the automotive industry. Titanium’s strength, light weight, and high survival rate is making it a top choice for cutting edge cars and in this post, we will highlight just a few of its most cutting edge uses.

    Titanium Suspension Springs

    VW’s Lupo 1.4FSI is the first production vehicle to use titanium suspension springs, though the Ferrari Challenge Stradale was the first vehicle to use titanium springs on all four corners of its suspension (the Lupo only had two fitted in the vehicle’s rear). Titanium springs enable cars to significantly reduce their weight without having to make dramatic changes to the engine. Each spring weighs approximately half of its steel equivalent and considering that four are necessary, titanium springs alone can remove 16kg from a car's total weight. These days, titanium is also used in other types of springs, including valve springs.

    Titanium TUbing for Exhaust Pipes and Mufflers

    Because it supplies good elongation and weighs so little, titanium tubing is a popular choice for exhaust pipe systems in motorcycles and race and sports cars. The reasons include its light weight, affordability, reliability, and its modern appearance. Titanium exhausts usually contain blueing along the tailpipe, which makes for a contemporary look.

    Titanium in Formula One Racing

    In March this year, Formula One cars took on a brand new feature: a titanium ‘halo’, which essentially is a T-shaped ‘safety cage’ positioned directly in front of the driver’s eyeline. The aim is to protect the driver’s head in the case of a crash, by deflecting flying objects that can cause trauma - the kind that killed Henry Surtees in a Formula Two race in 2009 and injured Formula Driver Felipe Massa in 2009. Titanium was chosen owing to its light weight; in Formula One, every pound counts when it comes to speed. The new halo weighs 30 pounds in total.

    Exhaust systems, connective rods, suspension brings, valve springs, brake calipers and retainers are just a few components currently being manufactured in titanium. The resilience and appearance of this material are increasingly making it an interesting substitution for steel. Although Europe is currently the largest consumer of titanium in the automotive industry, the U.S. is fast catching up, with electric and other vehicles increasingly relying on this material for everything from tubing to connecting rods.


    Latest Articles

    See All
    • From Four Wheels To Two: Here's Why You Should Ditch Your Car For A Motorbike
      From Four Wheels To Two: Here's Why You Should Dit...

      November 14, 2018 - Have a look below, and then follow our beginner tips at the end of this piece if you do decide to say au revoir to your car and bonjour to your brand new motorbike. These are the reasons to opt for the two-wheeled motorbike experience.

    • Things To Do Before Selling Your Car
      Things To Do Before Selling Your Car

      November 14, 2018 - If you are thinking about selling your car, you will want to make sure that you get the best possible price while securing a quick sale. After all, that is what we all want when we sell a vehicle, right?

    • Customize Your Diesel Truck Using These Enhancing Changes
      Customize Your Diesel Truck Using These Enhancing ...

      November 14, 2018 - Sometimes they need a little tweaking to improve their performance or appearance so that you can be even more proud of your truck. If you want to improve your already beautiful diesel truck, here's a few ways to do it.

    • How To Put the Fun Back in Driving
      How To Put the Fun Back in Driving

      November 13, 2018 - If you’re doing the same old, same old every day then, of course, it’s going to become a little boring. Below, we take a look at six ways you can increase the fun when it comes to your vehicle.

    • What To Do Immediately After A Car Accident
      What To Do Immediately After A Car Accident

      November 9, 2018 - Car accidents can be incredibly scary and stressful for all involved, and if you are ever in one yourself it can be a horrible and harrowing experience

    • Dealing With The Inevitability Of The Road Accident
      Dealing With The Inevitability Of The Road Acciden...

      November 4, 2018 - It’s a scary thought that accidents are considered a statistical inevitability. The vast majority of drivers will be in at least one accident in their lifetime.

    • Stay Safe On The Road
      Stay Safe On The Road

      October 27, 2018 - It's the little things like approaching a junction and keeping an eye on any oncoming vehicles before you even think about continuing - that way you're ready to stop if need be. Driving isn't something that should ever be taken lightly. It's a privil

    • Safe Driving Tips Everyone Should Follow
      Safe Driving Tips Everyone Should Follow

      October 27, 2018 - However, a lot of drivers take the roads for granted and so many people end up with petty accidents each year which could be been easily prevented with the simple safety on the roads. Here are some examples of the things you can do this week when dri

    • Overcoming the Fear Of Getting Back in the Road
      Overcoming the Fear Of Getting Back in the Road

      October 27, 2018 - Before, driving was all easy and straightforward, and now it seems like there’s danger lurking at every turn, like your vehicle is less than a convenient machine for getting around, and more a threat. Below, we take a look at some useful tips for get

    • What To Do in a Car Accident
      What To Do in a Car Accident

      October 24, 2018 - At this point, you come back down to Earth and as the panic creeps in, your heart starts racing, adrenaline starts pumping, and the world speeds up as if to compensate for the slow motion effect that took place only moments ago.

    Share This!