The “flying car”, reinforced by easy HRC solutions, stuns the market


As eVTOL has become a hot topic around the world, all proven mobile providers or beginners have shown great interest or have already dedicated themselves to researching and developing the latest generation eVTOL product.

At the stand of the X21 model flying car CIIE (China International Import Expo) 2021, HRC officially announced close cooperation with XPeng HT Aero, one of the boldest and leading manufacturers of eVTOL in China. The presence of a flying car aroused great interest on the site from spectators who were interested in its unusual functions and features, especially with the lightness achieved by the carbon fiber composite.

X2 with carbon fiber structure


X2 in the spotlight

As the exclusive manufacturer of carbon fiber parts for the X2, HRC has successfully developed and supplied over 100 types of carbon fiber parts for this futuristic flying car. To obtain the correct material, designed properly, the technical team identified the materials and finally formed the seat frame and control panel using certain types of carbon fiber SMC. In addition, the details have been painted in gloss to achieve a classy finish. A team of engineers solved the complex lamination problems in time before all the details of the interior were cured in an autoclave.

The HRC team was fully engaged in the successful completion of the precise placement, installation and assembly of carbon fiber parts, including cabins, seats, mechanical levers and other structural, interior and exterior parts, as well as more than 200 metal and plastic parts and more 1,000 standard parts, not to mention a 3.8-meter large floor covering, and mastered composite know-how from writing to innovation.

The development of structural parts as well as technology was important to achieve specific technical objectives. HRC conducted mass production with optimized tooling of complex structural parts such as the AB column, which was quite a challenge. The big A-shaped part of a full column AB is executed in the form of a hollow design, and two ends – continuous designs. The process is a combination of pressing and autoclave initiated by HRC. Due to the uniform wall thickness and precise forming of the part has passed aviation ultrasonic non-destructive testing. For the support lever, HRC engineers developed a special positioning mechanism that could meet the requirements for high precision positioning of metal pre-built parts. The X2 carbon fiber structure weighs only 560 kg with batteries and can carry two passengers with a maximum load of 200 kg.


X2 carbon fiber cab and seats


The X2 control panels are made of SMC carbon fiber

As an all-electric “flying car,” the X2 won’t emit carbon dioxide into the blue sky. However, HRC together with its industrial partners is moving forward in the development and implementation of other low-carbon, green strategies, focusing on sustainable and renewable composite solutions to accelerate the adaptation of modern composite technologies in transport. . As Erich Fries, HRC’s Director of Global Business Development, said: “HRC uses synergistic innovations that are believed to benefit more industry participants with a common interest, generally to implement robust solutions for building clean energy systems.”

The “flying car”, reinforced by easy HRC solutions, stuns the market

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