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.
Here 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
- Throttle Valve
Some 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!
Just 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!