The selected material for the shift paddle application is INEOS Styrolution’s carbon composite
StyLight Aesthetic S C245-1-060, backmoulded with PC/SAN GF30. It was specifically
developed for automotive interior and exterior applications and a range of applications in the
electronics as well as the sports and leisure industries.
In addition to its aesthetic appearance, StyLight offers a high chemical resistance. The StyLight
solution meets all high BMW M standards.
A significant benefit of the solution is its cost-effectiveness. For example, StyLight can be used
without coating (compared to a PC based composite) and no extra compression moulding step
is required since the high surface appearance is achieved directly by the backmoulding step.
Martin Köhler, Business Development Manager Composites at INEOS Styrolution comments: “I
am excited about the collaboration with BMW M. This is the kind of application we developed
Shift paddles allow drivers of cars with automatic transmission to manually shift gears. While
automatic transmissions are very advanced, some drivers still prefer to shift gears manually to
anticipate bends in the road, to select a more responsive gear or taking advantage of the engine
speed to slow the car, particularly in bad weather or slippery descents.
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