space frame


: a usually open three-dimensional framework of struts and braces (as in buildings and racing cars) which defines a structure and distributes its weight evenly in all directions compare monocoque, unibody

Examples of space frame in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Each of the coach built V-12s has an all-new aluminum space frame chassis, makes extensive use of wood trim, and comes with its own custom timepiece that doubles as a watch. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 26 Apr. 2024 The 356 used a tubular space frame chassis with an elegant roadster body designed by Erwin Komenda. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 3 Oct. 2023 Its structure is composed of an aluminum space frame with steel, magnesium, and carbon-fiber elements, and overall dimensions have increased slightly over its predecessor. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, 18 Aug. 2023 The Wild One Max, as it’s being called, has a full-size space frame that measures 141.7 inches (nearly 12 feet) in length and 74.8 inches in width. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 10 July 2023 The Icon Engineering space frame is a little over twice as heavy as the original Porsche chassis since it's made with much stronger steel tubing. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 For maximum track safety, the model’s bodywork is primarily composed on high-tensile steel that’s bolted to an aluminum space frame, and there’s an extraction hatch located on the roof. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 23 Mar. 2022 Made from a lightweight space frame with fiberglass body panels, the 917 was powered by a 4.5 L flat-12 engine that generated 520 hp (388 kW). Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 24 Mar. 2022 Arguably the first modern supercar from the US, the Ford GT was built up from a lightweight aluminum space frame with aluminum bodywork; notably a passenger cell bookended by two clamshells. Robert Ross, Robb Report, 10 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of space frame was in 1912

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“Space frame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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