Advanced manufacturing provider APWorks has produced a 3D-printed exhaust tailpipe for Bugatti’s latest track-focused car, the Chiron Pur Sport. Developed to be lightweight and highly temperature-resistant, the tailpipe is made of titanium.
The use of advanced manufacturing gives the component very thin walls, helping to save weight. “We could only realize this innovative tailpipe by pushing additive manufacturing technology to the limit. The wall thickness of below 0.5mm enables the extremely lightweight design,” said Joachim Zettler, managing director for APWorks.
The low mass of the tailpipe also contributes to the new aerodynamic configuration of the car, while the use of titanium allows a combination of strength and heat resistance.
“By cutting the weight by 50kg, while simultaneously boosting downforce and the suspension setup, the Chiron Pur Sport boasts improved grip, acceleration and accurate handling,” explained Stephan Winkelmann, president of Bugatti.
Zettler added: “We are proud to be part of this development. It is the first visible metal 3D printed part to receive road homologation.”