Orange City, IA -- August 10, 2007 -- Quatro Composites, a leader in carbon fiber design and manufacturing, has become the latest Technology Partner to support DiMora Motorcar's development of the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. Their design parameter analysis enabled DiMora to refine the design of its radical chassis—based upon carbon fiber technology—that will be far lighter and stronger than those used in other luxury automobiles.
A series of Finite Element Analysis (FEA) tests were performed on the Natalia's chassis design at Quatro's Technical Development Center in Poway, California. The proprietary OptiPart™ methodology was used to develop an optimum product design for improved performance characteristics for the world's first hand-built, $2 million, 16-cylinder production automobile.
"The primary goal of the analysis was to achieve optimal torsional and bending stiffness of Natalia's revolutionary chassis, while also minimizing weight," explains Quatro's Development Engineering Manager. "Our OptiPart™ design process helps identify areas where the stiffness, strength, vibration characteristics, and crash performance properties can be improved."
DiMora Motorcar Founder and CEO Alfred DiMora notes that "Quatro Composites has an impressive understanding of the properties of carbon fiber technologies and the innovations they facilitate. Their experience in aircraft design is directly applicable to the Natalia SLS 2, as we integrate aerospace technology developments as much as automotive innovations. Their analysis both validated our design and identified places where a minor change would yield a major improvement in stiffness or other characteristics. They are an important part of the DiMora design development team."
Quatro's OptiPart™ design service allows customers to optimize a product's carbon fiber design and composite manufacturability. Quatro designs and manufactures carbon fiber composite components for a variety of industries. Corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities are located in Orange City, Iowa.
About Quatro Composites
Quatro Composites, a division of Tec Industries LLC, is an Iowa-based contract manufacturer offering a full line of services from design, analysis, prototyping and production of advanced composite structures. Quatro manufactures and engineers parts of complex geometry using bladder molding, compression molding, autoclave and ultraclave™ processes. The business operates in two locations, Orange City, Iowa, (Headquarters, Manufacturing & Distribution) and Poway, California (Technical Development Center). Please visit www.quatrocomposites.com.
About DiMora Motorcar
Based in Palm Springs, California, DiMora Motorcar crafts automobiles designed to exceed expectations for safety, performance, technology, ecology, beauty, comfort, and luxury. It reveals the design, production, and testing of these automobiles via the Internet so that people around the world can participate in and learn from the process.
The founder, CEO, and driving force behind DiMora Motorcar is Alfred J. DiMora, who produced two of America's finest luxury automobiles, the Clenet (as owner) and the Sceptre (as co-founder). He and the Clenet were inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame in 1986 for the Centennial Year of the Gasoline-powered Automobile. He also founded Starbridge Systems, Inc., where he developed the world's fastest FPGA supercomputer. With his technological and automotive backgrounds, Alfred DiMora blends the two worlds together to create this new experience in automotive history, the Natalia SLS 2 sport luxury sedan. Please visit www.dimoramotorcar.com for more information.