Cadillac Teaches Us Why Chemistry is Important for the ATS
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Silicon is used for the ‘acoustically laminated front windshield’, which is lighter than tempered glass and reduces wind noise at high speed, while aluminium, which makes up 23% of the entire vehicle, is very effective at cutting down the curb weight.
The car also uses magnesium engine mounts, which are predictably lighter and stronger than regular steel ones. High strength steel accounts for 10% of the total structure of the car, while mild steel makes up 32% of the ATS, and it is used to (in Cadillac’s words) “allow for crisp lines and high quality styled surfaces”.
Cadillac’s ATS is a surprisingly good cars, according to the reviews, and while it is not best in class, the modern philosophy behind it means it is definitely not far off, and it is by far the closest they have come to the top of the class in a long time.
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