A record £15m order for supercar composite body structures and trim is beginning production at Prodrive.
In the largest composites supply contract in the companies history, Prodrive is to supply most of the composite components for a new supercar now entering production with one of the world’s most prestigious vehicle manufacturers. To support this, and other recent orders, Prodrive has recruited and is training another 40 production technicians.
Prodrive Composites managing director, Dominic Cartwright explains;
The combination of component complexity, size and finish means there are only a handful of companies globally that could deliver the high-precision and superb surface finish required by this highly-demanding vehicle manufacturer, our long term relationship with this customer and successful track record of high component quality, technical support and reliable delivery timing on previous programmes led to our selection as a key technology partner.
The most complex component in the new contract is the front body assembly which integrates the parts from 16 separate pieces of tooling into a single structure. The greatest challenge for component finish is on the interior parts, which use a uniquely tactile surface that required a considerable development programme (leading to a new, proprietary technology) and is a first for a production vehicle interior.