With the development of the Subaru Global Platform (SGP), the basis of the all new Subaru range, Subaru Australia decided to collaborate with TAFE NSW and invite a group of students to get “up close and personal” with the latest Impreza.
The project was the brainchild of Andrew Minns, Subaru Australia Business Development Manager, Collision and I-CAR board member, who teamed up with Garry Clear and Rainer Malkki, Head Teachers in Automotive Body Repair, Refinishing and Trimming Technology at TAFE NSW Ultimo campus, to make it happen.
Subaru Corporation Japan (SBR) delivered the actual Subaru Impreza used in the ANCAP side impact test (minus trim and mechanicals) to the Ultimo campus, where the team of students worked to strip back the vehicle to a structural shell. They then proceeded to highlight the types of high strength steels used, their locations and performance, colour-coded for easy reference to the Subaru Body Repair Information, thus creating a display and training chassis.
The SGP is the fundamental technology that underpins next-generation models, together with the core technologies of the horizontally-opposed boxer engine, symmetrical all-wheel drive and EyeSight driver assist system.
SBR said: “The platform offers ‘dynamic quality’ that goes beyond high-performance to engage emotionally with vehicle occupants. Body and chassis rigidity are increased significantly between 1.7 and 2 times that of the superseded model, and huge improvements have been made to the suspension and associated systems.”
The body structure has been optimised and high-rigidity steel panels have been arranged in the most logical layout to limit increases in weight, while improvements have been made to all aspects of front, side and rear collision safety.
“We were thrilled by the support of the team at TAFE NSW and the way the students embraced the project. It was so great to see the engagement of the next generation of technicians working with the next generation Subaru technology, and it’s this sort of collaboration that reinforces the health of the collision repair industry,” said Minns.