The Jaguar Land Rover group is looking to aerospace technology to advance its lightweight vehicle development. This tech will be repurposed to accelerate the brand’s testing and development programmes.

As part of a two-year project, the company will be looking at technology used by the aerospace industry to better understand how materials respond to corrosive environments over severe terrains.

Samples from this research are planned to be used on future Jaguar and Land Rover products. Aerospace-grade sensors will be put to the test in extreme physical conditions over 400 000 km across North America.

The sensors used will continually measure the performance of the materials and provide data to JLR’s product development team in the UK. Using this, the engineers will be able to forecast how the materials behave when developing future products. This will allow the next generation of lightweight materials to meet the British manufacturer’s stringent standards to deliver a longer-lasting high quality finish.

The research forms part of Gesamtverband der Aluminiumindustrie (GDA), a consortium of aluminium manufacturers and car makers that are researching the longevity of materials and how they can be made lighter and more durable.