Issue: Sep 2015


Alcantara® Featured On Steering Wheels And Motorcycle Seats



by Jon Knox

Many of the world's premier auto makers offer Alcantara(®) materials on seating, instrument panels and headliners, but a growing number of vehicle makers are finding other uses for Alcantara as well.

 

Ducati, for example, recently introduced Alcantara seating on one of its high-end motorcycles, while more and more car companies are equipping their steering wheels with the material.

 

Today the Italian-made material is featured on the seats of Ducati's new Diavel Titanium motorcycle, and Alcantara-clad steering wheels can be found on vehicles sprinting down the racetrack or on the road.

 

Alcantara is up to 50 percent lighter than leather, is more breathable and provides additional "grip" regardless of temperature and extreme driving conditions. The material also is scratch-proof, less sensitive to variations in temperature and classified as Carbon Neutral.

 

Car buyers today can find Alcantara-wrapped steering wheels on the Porsche Cayman GT4 and GT3 RS, BMW's 5 Series and M performance range, and all of Audi's RS models in addition to a host of other luxury sports cars.

 

Designed to guarantee the best driving experience possible, the environmentally friendly material also adds value to vehicles such as Lincoln's Black Label models, the Ford Edge, Dodge's Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio and Peugeot's 2008 Castagna special edition, as well as Peugeot's RCZ racing Cup Replica and RCZ R Bimota.

 

In addition, Alcantara is the material of choice on top-of-the-line sports cars such as the Aston Martin V12, Vantage GT and Vulcan; Ferrari FF; Lamborghini Gallardo LP 570-4, Aventador SV and Pirelli Edition; Lotus Evora 400; McLaren 675 LT; Honda NSX; Maserati GranTurismo MC, and the Nissan Juke Nismo RS.

 

Alcantara S.p.A. - www.alcantara.com

 

Founded in 1972, Alcantara represents one of the leading Made in Italy brands. Registered trademark of Alcantara S.p.A. and the result of unique and proprietary technology, Alcantara(®) is a highly innovative material offering an unparalleled combination of sensory, aesthetic, and functional qualities. Thanks to its extraordinary versatility, Alcantara(®) is the chosen material for leading brands in numerous specialist fields: fashion and accessories, the automotive industry, interior design, home decor and consumer-electronics. These characteristics, together with a serious and proven commitment to the use of sustainable materials, allow Alcantara to express and define contemporary lifestyle: the lifestyles of those who love to enjoy everyday products to the full whilst respecting the environment.

Having analysed, reduced and offset all CO2 emissions linked to the company, in 2009 Alcantara(®)  was certified "Carbon Neutral". In 2011 this report was extended to include the entire life cycles of Alcantara(®) products in a "cradle to grave" analysis including use and disposal. To document the company's journey in this field, Alcantara conducts and publishes an annual Sustainability Report, certified by the international service corporation TUV SUD and available for consultation on the company website.

Headquartered in Milan, Alcantara also have production facilities and a research department in Nera Montoro in the heart of Italy's Umbria region (Terni).

 



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