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Ford Unveils 1,195-KG Lightweight Fusion Concept


Almost 25 percent lighter than a stock Fusion.

Ford has demonstrated how it intends to keep future models' weight down with the reveal of a new lightweight concept variant of the Fusion. Using lightweight materials, Ford has stripped 363 kg from the weight of a stock 2013 Fusion. Normally tipping the scales at 1,558 kg, the featherweight concept was made 23 percent lighter thanks to the application of aluminum, magnesium, high-strength steel and carbon fiber, as well as materials found on modern cellphones such as lightweight plastics and chemically-toughened glass.

At 1,195 kg, it now weighs the same as a Fiesta and benefits from improved acceleration and fuel economy, as well as better load capacity. Under the hood, a 1.0-liter turbo-three has been modified with aluminum connecting rods and a front cover, oil pan and cam carrier all made from carbon fiber.

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19-inch carbon-fiber alloys are wrapped in slim rubber and house cast aluminum disc brakes coated in stainless steel. Increasingly strict emissions regulations means its inevitable most of these materials used in the concept will make their way to future Ford production cars. Head of Ford product development Raj Nair said: "Consumers today want better fuel efficiency, but they also want more technology and features in the car, which usually adds weight to the vehicle. A focus on light-weighting will be fundamental to our industry for years to come, and we are investigating many advanced materials applications as possible solutions for weight reduction in our vehicles.”