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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web 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 The iX’s aluminum-space frame also incorporates carbon-fiber reinforced elements around the roof rails and door pillars, which serves to lower the iX’s center of gravity. Dan Neil, WSJ, 1 Oct. 2021 The car’s body and space frame had to be tweaked and refined to account for such the modification. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 11 Oct. 2021 Constructed on a steel-tube space frame, the gull-wing coupe is powered by a midmounted Cadillac V8. New York Times, 19 Aug. 2021 The front and rear suspension plus elements of the all-aluminum space frame chassis came courtesy of the GT. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 June 2021 See More

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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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Cite this Entry

“Space frame.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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