October 28, 2016 @ 04:59 PM

​Ford demonstrates how going lighter improves our daily lives

Going lighter is just for race cars? Not necessarily as it takes a great load off our daily activities as well

Generally, if we talk about shaving off unnecessary weight or going lighter, such topics are usually related to motorsports as the race cars are always going the extra mile to get rid of those unwanted grams to shave a couple of milliseconds off their lap times. But such concept also works in our daily lives as well and it also improves the things that we use every day whether you realise it or not.

Take for example, a pair of running shoes. Back in the late 70’s and early 80’s could you imagine going for a run while lugging a pair of shoes that were still made out of leather and rubber, and some even used metal spikes? Take those materials together and you have a total of an extra 300 grams on your feet. 

Thanks to the advancement of technology and scientific findings that each 100 grams increased aerobic demand by 1 per cent, an array of lightweight materials such as carbon fiber and cushioned foams has been developed, bringing the weight down to a pair that weighs less than 70 grams.

The same goes to the gadgets that we use today. Today’s laptops weigh close to nothing, can fit in almost any backpacks and has incredible computing power. But back in the 80’s, one would have to have a strong back and great stamina to lug a laptop around as it tips the scale at around 10-12 kgs and contained a mere 64kb of memory; far from enough to store even one mp3 file.

The cars that we drive daily have also improved a lot from the ones roaming the streets 30 years back. One of the most memorable things of cars back in the 80’s was their sheer size and weight where a typical 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine weighed around 140kg and took a lot of space under the hood. Not to mention that they also carried a lot of unnecessary trims like chrome finishing and hunks of steel that did not really offer much more than looks.

But now, “bigger is better” is definitely out of the picture as Ford’s 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine comes in a very compact package. Could you imagine an engine block with a size of an A4 piece of paper? Despite the size and being obviously lighter, the engine puts out equivalent power to some engines with larger displacements. Not to forget, it returns a better fuel consumption figure as well.

This is all made possible by Ford through the usage of lightweight components made with high-strength steels, aluminium, magnesium, natural fibers and nano-based materials. By reducing the overall car weight, the car now sips lesser fuel and enables us to go further for less.

Hussein Zain

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