The automotive sector and in particular its design centres work at an incessant pace and the need for reliable partners able to offer innovative solutions is fundamental.
The avant-garde technologies that Viraver offers have made the company the first port of call for car-company designers and engineers, and also for racing teams seeking extreme solutions for competition cars.
Viraver has long collaborated with automotive design centres and coachbuilders that require often-extreme glass shapes for car prototypes, the lifeblood of new automotive forms. Viraver is able to supply these magnificent “tailors” of four wheels with glass that is complex shaped and reduced thickness but still of impeccable optical quality.
Viraver is one of the most important players in this particular sector of bespoke realizations, thanks to its chemical strengthening treatment and the ability to produce glass with complex curvatures.
Different techniques, but identical attention to quality, are used for polycarbonate products intended for racing and rally cars.
Here, the fundamental factors are not only extreme curvatures, but also lightness, resilience and optical quality. With these qualities, Viraver polycarbonate is an essential ingredient of any winning car.
Turnkey Project Management
As a first step in the management of a new project, Viraver elaborates and does an attentive analysis of all the technical details supplied by the customer.
The scope is to better define the required performance objectives, translating them into standards which reflect the demands of the project and the technical specifcictions as well as respecting the constraints imposed by regulations and the available technology. Viraver however, works with a two way approach where it offers different solutions which best adapt to the project, leaving the decision to the customer this way creating a strong relationship of collaboration, evaluation and analysis of the project.
To achieve the best results, the turnkey approach is entrusted to highly experienced professionals who address different aspects, ranging from technical analysis, to pre-design, to planning, to the execution of tests imposed by specific norms to the use of specialized laboratories in case of bespoke products.
The development of Polycarbonate was born from a request with strict parameters to be respected. It was a challenge that effectively required the search for a product that combined lightness, typical of a racing product, with an optical quality that would allow pilots the best visibility even in extreme conditions and always in the compliance with FIA regulations, and with a high level of safety.
This is the challenge that in 2012 Viraver was set to solve by one of the leading Italian car manufacturers, to develop the transparent surfaces of their GT3 championship car.
The important and careful research and development phase carried out on this product has been an important asset that has allowed us to capitalize on the experience of producing a very high-quality product that is still used today on cars competing in European and world championships.
Viraver has increased this specific product range, using microfilm heating systems, required in endurance races or in case of rain, and by producing sliding side windows.
All of Viraver’s products are always made of aeronautical quality transparent polycarbonate, treated with its anti-scratch process performed after the bending of the part to guarantee maximum duration.
The new design course that is affecting the world of cars sees in many cases the extremism of lines and shapes that are fitted on prototypes that are the source of inspiration for the cars of the future. Some elements thus become active parts of the design and this is no exception for the glass parts, which stand as an element of functional design and strongly affect shape. The result is a demand for larger seamless transparent parts, an increase in the size of the surfaces and more complex glass curvatures, in compliance with the optical and aesthetic requirements demanded by the automotive world.
Traditional technologies had their limits and could not deliver a product that fitted all of the technical specifications and Viraver was thus faced with a new challenge.
Viraver, in collaboration with its primary technological partners set out to develop innovative technologies and machinery that has revolutionized on the one hand and given answers on the other to the demands of an ever-changing industry. It also took advantage and benefitted from all the experience gained in the various sectors in which traditionally Viraver operates: Yachting, Architecture and Industry, Armoured and Security.
Working on products as ideas or tested and discarded, Viraver develops a chain of equipment of which the results can be admired in the most important automotive shows, where they express the design philosophy of the most prestigious international brands’ products.