Design of Velozzi Spidey Uses Spider Silk

Spidey Tek is ready to show the possibilities of using promising material.

The American biotech company Spidey Tec will build a supercar that uses natural spider silk, a heavy-duty natural material obtained by genetic engineering. The company will turn it into fibers and other raw materials and use them to make exterior panels, interior elements, and even glass.

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Spidey Tek says it has found a way to isolate the genes responsible for the production of spider silk fibrillar protein and was even able to transplant them to alfalfa, which is grown as a forage plant. Alfalfa is planted on hundreds of thousands of farmland hectares in the Western United States, which means that the company potentially has access to hundreds of tons of raw materials at almost zero cost.

Genetically modified alfalfa can be harvested 8-10 times a year for five years. Then, using a completely environmentally friendly process, it is possible to separate the protein, clean it and turn it into powder. And it, in turn, in other materials: fibers, film, hydrogels, foam, or special wear-resistant coatings. Some of them can later be used for car interior elements, as well as external body panels, windows, headlights, and even wheels.

The Velozzi Spidey is designed to demonstrate the potential of spider silk, which is promised to be used for many things. Spidey Tek and Velozzi CEO Roberto Velozzi intends to create the lightest, strongest and safest production car that can compete with Formula One cars and LMP1 prototypes. But so far, judging by the single image, the new supercar looks like a 2007 concept designed by Velozzi for the Automotive X Prize competition.

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There is nothing unusual in Spidey Tek’s idea because experimental materials are increasingly making their way into the automotive industry. We have become accustomed to by carbon fiber monocoque with different degrees of hardness and the composites with the addition of graphene. Next in line are niobium-based alloys, amorphous metals, magnesium-based composites and the thermosetting polymer Zylon, the tensile strength of which is 1.6 times higher than that of Kevlar.

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