Additive Industries, Eindhoven, the Netherlands, has reported that the recently-unveiled Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen F1 race car features 143 metal additively manufactured parts. Introduced at the Barcelona F1 race track in Spain on February 19, 2020, the C39 race car is currently undergoing on-circuit testing prior to the start of the 2020 F1 season .
Of the 143 metal additively manufactured parts, fifty-eight are made from titanium, nineteen from a high-performance aluminium alloy and sixty-six from AlSi10Mg. Parts were produced by Sauber Engineering on Additive Industries MetalFAB1 systems. Sauber Motorsport AG, which manages and operates the Alfa Romeo Racing Orlen team, operates four MetalFAB1 systems at its Sauber Engineering facility and is a Technology Partner of Additive Industries.
The additively manufactured parts include chassis inserts, cooling circuit piping, safety structures, electronic component installations and more. Using Additive Manufacturing, Additive Industries stated that a 2% weight saving was achieved, said to be highly beneficial to the car’s performance.