One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aircraft or vehicle structure in which the chassis is integral with the body.
- ‘Although companies have used aluminium bodies for years, the XJ's bodyshell is a first, being effectively an aluminium monocoque constructed using aerospace rivet-bonding technology.’
- ‘Car safety regulations have been refined constantly in recent years, with further improvements introduced this season to strengthen the monocoque and give the driver more protection.’
- ‘The V - 12 Vanquish is built around a central monocoque of bonded and riveted extruded aluminum sections attached to a large carbon fiber transmission tunnel.’
- ‘It featured an aluminum monocoque with plastic body panels, possibly attached with adhesives.’
- ‘A stamped-and-welded steel monocoque may have been well ahead of the welded tube racing car spaceframes of the day, but it's nothing special today.’
Early 20th century: from French, from mono- ‘single’ + coque ‘shell’.
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