ContiTech is presenting two components for trucks and related vehicles made from natural rubber derived from dandelion roots. A prototype for an engine mount that links the powertrain with the chassis had been recently showcased at the CV expo. This insulates the structure-borne noise from the engine, thereby enhancing ride quality and driver safety. The second sampled product will be the first example of an intermediate propeller shaft bearing made from the new material. This stabilises and minimises the transmission of vibrations to the chassis.
Dandelions have the potential, as an agricultural crop, to become an alternative, environmentally friendly raw material source and could thus help in reducing dependency on traditionally produced natural rubber.
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