Although electric vehicles are beginning to gain popularity, automobile manufacturers are examining more efficient methods to reduce the need for gasoline. Not only may this reduce the emissions of various vehicles, but it may improve the overall price in oil as the demand decreases. While developers are examining what can be done to the engine in order to make it more efficient, others are looking at ways to reduce the weight of the automobile itself.
It’s no secret that lighter cars and trucks perform more efficiently while increasing power to acceleration and top speed. It’s this theory that prompted Pontiac to build the Fiero using a plastic body and why many Corvettes are skinned with fiberglass. The lighter the vehicle, the less torque is needed in order to drive it forward. Many of you may have experienced how much more gasoline a cargo truck will consume if it’s full of stuff when you moved into your new home. By using lightweighting, strong metal alloys are used that are specially designed to create less weight while providing the same structural integrity of the part.
If an automobile weighs less than what the engine requires in order to drive, smaller blocks may be used to create the same effect. For example, how far are you able to throw a golf ball when compared to a 16 pound bowling ball? More force is required by your arm to hurl the heavier object thus consuming more of your personal energy. Engines in a vehicle work in a similar fashion. By reducing the weight of a car or truck, less energy is needed thus decreasing the demand for gasoline.