Bonjour, iglide car!

Unfortunately, we have had problems with our website the past few days, making updates very difficult. While the blog was on break, however, there was no rest for iglide on tour, which has made it’s way through England and onto France!

The first day in France, we made our way to Paris, where we visited the Eiffel Tower. Unfortunately, the car couldn’t make it to the top!

Bonjour, iglide car!

The Eiffel Tower is over 1,000 feet tall, and was built as the gateway arch to the 1889 World’s Fair. The iglide car was just one of the more than 7 million that will visit the landmark, one of the world’s most famous, this year alone.

While the car couldn’t climb the more than 600 stairs to the second level of the tower, we took the dry-tech box up to enjoy the view instead.

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From the second level, we had an amazing view of Paris’ Champ de Mars, the park where the Eiffel Tower stands.

While we were in Paris, we were all lucky enough to meet the godfather of the iglide tour – Sascha! After leaving the tour in August, Sascha has been attending school in Paris, so it was the perfect chance to meet him.

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We traded tour gifts from both our travels during our meeting at the Place de la Concorde – Paris’ largest public square.

At the end of the day, we made one last stop at the world famous Notre Dame Cathedral.

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The cathedral is enormous – it can hold up to 10,000 people, and took nearly 200 years to build (1163-1365)!

The “City of Light,” as Paris is often called, is quite a beautiful city, but much too large for us to visit in only one day!

Until next time,

Karl

Photos of the Day

Over the weekend, the iglide car took part in a smart car rally, which coinsided with The UK’s Remembrance Sunday, which is held on the second Sunday each November to commemorate the contributions of British and Commonweath militaries, as well as civil service men and women.  Remembrance Sunday, which is marked by ceremonies in most cities and towns, also takes times to pay their respects during a two-minute moment of silence across the region, when church bells ring out across the otherwise silent country.

Coincidentally, today is also Veterans Day in the United States, and Remembrance Day in Canada, so igus and the members of iglide on tour would like to thank all service members who have dedicated their lives to their countries.

Photos of the Day.22A two-minute moment of silence at the smart car rally, held in Hampshire, United Kingdom

Can you spot the iglide car? At the Simply Smart Rally, United Kingdom. 

Customer Applications – KTM Technologies GmbH

Last week, iglide on tour visited KTM Technologies GmbH in Salzburg/Anif, Austria. KTM is a service company, focused on concept development, design, simulation, consulting, and prototyping for a range of industries. One of their more well-known developments is the carbon-fiber reinforced plastic, or CFRP, sports car, named the “X-Bow.”

Customer Applications - KTM Technologies GmbHThe CFRP sports car “X-Bow” (photo credit KTM Technologies)

KTM Technology’s aim in the development of the X-Bow was the create a two-seat roadster with the best power to weight ratio possible. Therefore, A lightweight design was essential. Lighter vehicles require less energy to accelerate to a certain velocity than a heavier vehicle, and for that reason, lightweight materials like plastics have become more and more popular. iglide bearings more than seven times lighter than similar metal components, which helped KTM Technology achieve their goal of the lightest possible vehicle design.

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Inside the X-Bow, KTM chose a number of dry-tech bearings to perform in several different applications, including in the steering system, where iglide bearings were used to support the steering wheel and the door. These self-lubricating components ensure low-friction rotation of the steering wheel and door opening. igubalspherical bearings are also used, including to help connect the car’s body with the door joints. Because the spherical bearings allow for angular movement, a smooth motion occurs from the door spring.

Customer Applications - KTM Technologies GmbH.3igus’ dry-tech solutions are used throughout the X-Bow by KTM Technologies.

The X-Bow is available in a limited production only, limited at this time to 100 cars. The starting price of the X-Bow is $62,000. The car has approxomately 40 horsepower, and accelerates from 0-62.5 mph (100 km/h) in 3.9 seconds.

The iglide car meets is man-powered match!

While traveling through the Netherlands, the iglide car came across a new friend – a velomobile!

A velomobile is a human powered vehicle, many, like the example above use three wheels, and the frame is usually covered by a weather-protective shell.

Very similar to bicycles (which we went over in this post), velomobiles are able to take advantage of iglide bearing’s unique characteristics that set them apart from their competitors. In a weight comparison, an iglide® plastic bushing weighs approximately 80 percent less than a PTFE-lined bushing.

  •  iglide® G300 plastic bushing = 0.0144 pounds per piece
  •  PTFE-lined bushing = 0.0750 pounds per piece

Because of this weight reduction, less force is required by the velomobile’s driver in order to power the vehicle. Low coefficients of friction, coupled the the ability to absorb shocks from uneven terrain make iglide bearings a unique component solution for a very unique vehicle!

Learn more about iglide bearings with this free white paper, available here.

Photo(s) of the day!

Does a collage count as one photo, or four? Either way, here’s a look at Friday’s Open House at igus Headquarters in Cologne, Germany!

Top Left: A donation of 25,000 Euros was made to Tatort-Straßen der Welt, an organization that helps disadvantaged children; Left: Sascha Laufenberg (Former “iglide on tour” driver) with Klaus J. Behrendt and Dietmar Bär (Tatort – Team Cologne);Right – Selfie with Nils, Sandor, Frank Blase (CEO of igus GmbH), Gerhard Baus (General manager of iglide bearings), Felix (Host) and I; Bottom – Panorama with Cologne band Kasalla on stage. 

 

All about the iglide car

Some of you have asked about our small orange friend – the iglide car! Of course, it is a real member of the team and should have it’s own introduction as well.

All about the iglide carHere is the iglide car in front of the Ars Electronica Center in Linz, Austria. 

Our car is a normal compact vehicle – but with a few modifications. Most noteably, it was painted that distinctive orange hue, and given some official igus logos. With the outside ready to catch everyone’s eye, we had to make the inner-workings just as exciting. Along with the University of Applied Science in Cologne, Germany, the German Technical Inspection Association, and igus team members, the car was completely deconstructed. Using results from millions of bearing test cycles over 30 years of development, igus bearings were retrofit one by one, each chosen for specific characteristics in the automotive application.

All in all, 56 iglide bearings were exchanged in the following areas:

  • Seat adjustment
  • Brake pedal
  • Gear shifter
  • Emergency brake
  • Window regulator
  • Convertible roof pivot points
  • Windshield wiper mechanics
  • Alternator
  • Throttle Valve

All about the iglide car.2Some of the iglide bearings retrofit inside the car

After being reassembled, it was time for the car to hit the road, traveling through India, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil, United States and Canada – more than 30,000 miles so far!

All about the iglide car.3Just a glimpse of all that the iglide car has experienced the past several months

Now, it is time for the car to conquer Europe, starting here in Austria!