Plastic Under the Hood

You’re looking at a picture of what is claimed to be a global first: a catalytic converter bracket engineered for the Volkswagen Golf, a component that’s ordinarily a metal/rubber assembly, but which is now an all-plastic design, utilizing DuPont Zytel nylon resin ( Not only does the bracket have to withstand dynamic forces and chemical exposure, given its proximity to the engine, it experiences temperatures up to 175°C. Compared to the previous component, not only is assembly reduced, but weight is cut by nearly 50%.