mono·​coque | \ˈmä-nə-ˌkōk, -ˌkäk\

Definition of monocoque 

1 : a type of construction (as of a fuselage) in which the outer skin carries all or a major part of the stresses

2 : a type of vehicle construction (as of an automobile) in which the body is integral with the chassis

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And crossover vehicles are just that, a crossover from a car to a utility vehicle with a monocoque or unibody construction. Bob Weber,, "Most SUVs are built more like cars than pickups, except Toyota 4Runner," 28 Jan. 2018 Genesis says the packaging versatility of the lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque and electric powertrain allowed its designers to create a car with a low profile and classic GT proportions. Andrew Wendler, Car and Driver, "Genesis Essentia Concept: High-Tech Coupe Dreams," 29 Mar. 2018 In addition to the carbon body, the Ren RS uses a carbon-fiber monocoque and claims a 4087-pound dry weight. Tony Markovich, Car and Driver, "Techrules’ Track-Running Ren RS Turbine-Hybrid Supercar Has 1287 HP and One Seat," 6 Mar. 2018 This two seat coupe is designed for light weight as well, boasting a carbon fiber monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin's body partner Multimatic. Terry Troy,, "Local GMC dealers embrace "Like a Pro"," 8 Oct. 2017 The airplane-like cockpit, tucked inside an all-carbon-fiber monocoque shell, brings everything within easy reach of the pilot. Charles Fleming, Detroit Free Press, "2017 Lamborghini Aventador S: How does 145 m.p.h. feel in a $483K car?," 5 Oct. 2017 The body is crafted from carbon fiber, forming a lightweight and rigid monocoque structure. Csaba Csere, Car and Driver, "Mercedes-AMG Project One," 11 Sep. 2017 At the top end of the market, Qoros is pushing forward with the K-EV sedan, a fully electric, 870-hp performance luxury sedan with an extremely stiff carbon-fiber monocoque. Jens Meiners, Car and Driver, "Forever Young: Qoros Unveils Crossover and More at Chengdu Show," 28 Aug. 2017 The car’s 3,000-pound curb weight — due in large part to the carbotanium monocoque — contributes to that utterly bonkers straight-line performance. Wes Siler, WIRED, "Pagani’s Latest Lustworthy Car Comes to America," 10 Aug. 2011

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First Known Use of monocoque

1913, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for monocoque

French, from mon- + coque shell, probably from Latin coccum kermes — more at cocoon

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