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July 8, 2016 | Bloomberg

Hyperloop and Flying Cars Add Hype to Slovakia’s Startup Craze

C2i, the 11-year-old company started by Patrick Hessel, is one of dozens of on-the-edge firms popping up in recent years in the central European nation that is now seeing entrepreneurs trained abroad return to their homeland. They are taking advantage of cheap land and skilled workers to develop products from the Hyperloop capsule and plasma drills to flying cars.
June 20, 2016 | The Irish Times

From F1 track to elite hatchback: the carbon fibre revolution

When it comes to performance car design, weight is everything. The heavier the vehicle, the slower the speed, the more fuel it consumes. Carbon fibre is lighter than aluminium but stronger than steel, making it potentially faster and more fuel efficient. The material’s chief drawback is that it can be expensive to make. In F1, the carbon fibre is moulded by hand, an extremely labour intensive process. Now the race is on to industrialise the process for the mass market.This is where Patrick Hessel, founder and chief executive of Slovak firm c2i, comes in.
June 7, 2016 | Financial Times

How a wheelchair led to fast cars, aeroplanes and the Hyperloop

When Patrick Hessel was a teenager he remembers standing on the corner of the street in New York behind a man in a wheelchair. The man was struggling to get something out of the backpack that was hung behind his seat. “The poor guy was trapped,” Mr Hessel, now 34, recalls. “He was vulnerable because the only storage space was behind his seat. He had no control. It was not practical.” Mr Hessel, who was announced as the Slovak country winner of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year earlier this year, set about designing a new type of wheelchair with a spokeless wheel that made it possible to access storage space underneath the seat. He designed it using carbon fibre which made the wheelchair stronger and lighter as well as much easier to fold up. Mr Hessel entered his innovative wheelchair design in a competition and came second.
June 1, 2016 | Jec Composites Magazine

JEC Composites nr. 105: Interview with Patrick Hessel

Founded in 2005 by Patrick Hessel, c2i is specialised in carbon-fibre components manufacturing and assemblies. The company has grown rapidly in the aeronautics and automotive fields due to a brand new equipment and a unique technology concentration in Slovakia. Located at the cross of western and eastern Europe, Patrick Hessel introduces for us his strategy and vision on composites.
June 1, 2016 | Jec Composites

Hyperloop will use carbon fiber skin material for capsule safety

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies announces a base technology of the Hyperloop System: Vibranium, a smart material specifically developed for the Hyperloop application with C2i, a slovakian carbon-fibre components manufacturer.
May 24, 2016 | New York Daily News

Hyperloop to use ‘Vibranium’ in new pods, the same material used in Captain America’s shield

If it protects Captain America, then it should protect those riding the Hyperloop. Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT), the company that's creating a high-speed tube capable of transporting people at speeds up to 760mph, announced Tuesday that its transportation pods will be made out of "Vibranium" in order to provide passengers more protection.
May 24, 2016 | CNBC

If it’s good enough for Captain America, it’s good enough for the Hyperloop

If the Hyperloop succeeds at sending people and cargo through tubes at up to 760 mph, one company says the capsules zipping along at close to the speed of sound should be smart enough to immediately detect any problems.
May 24, 2016 | Engadget

Hyperloop pods will be coated in Vibranium. No, really.

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies has announced a new technology that's going to raise the hackles of Marvel's lawyers. The company, in collaboration with Slovakian materials firm c2i, has created a carbon fiber composite that'll cover the inside and outside of its capsules. The only issue is that some bright spark decided to call this wonder material Vibranium. As in the Wakandan rare earth metal that helps Captain America and Black Panther beat down their foes.
May 24, 2016 | The Verge

Hyperloop startup selects Vibranium for pods because it’s good enough for Captain America

Hyperloop Transportation Technologies (HTT) announced today that it will be using a new type of sensor-embedded carbon fiber to make its capsules, capable of transporting passengers through a nearly airless tube at speeds up to 760 mph, safer than ever. The company is calling this new material "Vibranium," which may sound familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of Marvel Comics and its wildly popular Cinematic Universe.
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