How to make a body?

The overwhelming majority of modern car bodies are made from the same material that Henry Ford used to produce his famous Model T. But in order to reduce the weight of the vehicle, manufacturers not only use such well-known metals as aluminum, various alloys, magnesium, but also embark on the development of new materials, including various options for carbon-fiber plastic and fiberglass. Solving the question of how to make a car body, you need to consider the most basic modern materials.

Body Material: Carbon

In the structure of cars the most advanced, from a technological point of view, of the material used today, is carbon. This is the name of the composite material, translated from the Latin "carbonis", means "coal". The carbon fiber is based on carbon filaments, possessing such outstanding features as a characteristic of resistance to compression and tension, as in basic steels. At the same time, the density, and hence the mass, is lower than that of aluminum alloy (for example, at the same strength level, carbon is 39% lighter than steel and 19% aluminum).Carbon also has a minimum parameter expansion when heated, resistant to chemical attack, high wear resistance. But the carbon material cannot be perfect - its threads are designed only for tensile force, therefore, it is used only as a reinforcing material. When used in panels and car bodies, an alloy is used, or rather modified fiber - rubber fibers are interwoven with carbon fiber threads. Such carbon fibers are still used to produce clutch discs and carbon-ceramic brake discs because they have the ability to maintain performance properties at higher temperatures than steel discs. For example, they started to use carbon in the Formula 1 in the seventies (Porsche Carrera GT, Mercedes McLaren).

Plastic body

In the production of many machines are widely used all kinds of plastic. Very elastic and durable plastic used in the manufacture of body panels, in many models (Chevrolet Corvette for example) - completely the outer part of the body parts. In this car, the supporting structure is made in the form of a frame on which a decorative body and its accessories are hung.


A multifilament or fiber that is formed from glass is called fiberglass. In this form, the material exhibits unusual properties: it does not break and does not beat, but simply bends easily without being damaged. What can make of him fiberglass used in the automotive industry.

Due to the fact that the fabric of glass has the ability to take any form, it is used in the manufacture of aerodynamic skirts. With the help of a glass fiber layout, it is given the necessary shape (frame), and for its fixation, resin compositions are used. This results in a durable and lightweight body kit for a sports car.

How to make a car body: instruction

Before you make the body, you need to clearly calculate everything and think it over. The layout begins with the construction of a two-dimensional template corresponding to the size of those who will operate the machine. To determine the location of the seats, the driver pattern is placed in the contour of the cabin, in which a straight line of the floor and partition walls of the engine compartment is applied. The height of the seat cushion influences the length of the car. In the low seat position is required to lengthen the interior.The minimum distance between the floor level and the compressed seat cushion should be about 100 mm. When landing the driver, the angles between the various elements of the patterns do not go beyond the given limits: 74 ... 129 ° between the elements of the foot and lower leg. The height of the driver’s seat back is 440 ... 490 mm. The thickness of the crumpled cushion above the propeller shaft tunnel is assumed to be 48 mm.

Next, you need to place the contour line of the back side of the seat on the sketch and position the template of passengers and driver. At the same time try to place them so as not to interfere with each other. The found position of the template is fixed on the drawing. Noting the height of the ceiling above the heads of the passenger and the driver and the total thickness of the roof, equal to 14 ... 23 mm, we can calculate the total height of the car. Even if you decide the question of how to make a body on a KAMAZ or Ferrari, you need to take into account that the width of the cushions of the two passengers must fit in 1100 mm.