ASF® utilizes state-of-the-art technology to create an aluminum body frame that offers increased stiffness, reduced weight, and enhanced handling.
The third generation ASF®ASF®The Audi A8 is the first North American car with an aluminum body built according to the Audi Space Frame® principle. ASF® is an all-aluminum frame structure that offers the dual benefits of being both lighter and stronger than steel. Compared to its hand-constructed predecessor, the A8 model's build process is now 75% automated — paying dividends in both quality and efficiency — and the combination of new robotics and joining processes delivers a level of precision those working in steel can only dream about. The number of parts has also been greatly reduced, resulting in a 60% increase in frame rigidityRigiditySufficiently high static and dynamic body stiffness are prerequisites for many desirable vehicle characteristics.Rigidity . Ride comfort, handling, and all-around road behavior all benefit as a result, demonstrating yet again that less can sometimes be more.