IFR’s uncompromised approach to automotive research is essentially directed towards developing sustainable transportation systems and protecting society’s desire for mobility.
Automotive engineers have known for years that the size and in particular the weight of a vehicle has the most impact on fuel economy and tailpipe emissions. No matter how efficient the powertrain and no matter what powertrain alternatives are considered, ultimately it comes down a question of do we move more or less vehicle mass. And the smaller, more compact and more lightweight the vehicle the better it is for the environment. The key focus therefore of IFR Automotive is to develop ultra-lightweight technologies.
Safety and reliability are equally paramount, so the company’s patents are also aimed at fulfilling the top automotive engineering criteria of excellent vehicle dynamics for optimal active safety, as well as achieving the robustness necessary for durable operation throughout the life of the vehicle. Finally, no matter how innovative the design it has to be commercially affordable and viable for industrialisation and high volume series production.
It is intended that these mission attributes will help ensure for the company a leading position in vehicle concept design, prototyping and production validation – making it the first choice candidate as a technology partner for leading vehicle OEMs and their Tier1 and Tier 2 suppliers.