Carbon Fiber in Cars
What is Carbon Fiber?
It is a material that is flexible, a little fabric-like, stronger and lighter than today’s steel and aluminum parts. However, not many car uses the material because the material itself takes longer production time and the manufacturing cost is higher. On the bright side, the material is commonly used in racing cars since 1980’s. Today, most of the supercars have carbon fibers inlay in em! Some love the sporty looks of it, some love the feel of the material, but many love the function and durability of it.
Carbon Fiber makes cars lighter, fuel efficient and is safer. It is also slightly stiffer than steel and has a low density. The Maserati GranTurismo MC features a lightweight carbon fiber bonnet with an aggressive central air intake. The McLaren 675LT uses carbon fiber for its bumpers, rear fenders, read decks, bonnet, and side skirts. This car is the epitome of light-weight in carbon fiber glory.
This year, Chevrolet announced its new 2018 Corvette Carbon 65 edition, commemorating its 65th anniversary. The edition package consists of carbon fiber hood section and roof, spoiler, logo, badges, outside mirrors, steering wheel rim, interior trim, and plates.
During the 2016 SEMA show, Ford and SpeedKore created a Carbon Fiber Ford Mustang. What is so crazy about it? It is not just wrapped around the body; it has a real carbon fiber body.
BMW is the first automaker to make extensive use of the material in their cars. The BMW i8 electric supercar uses a fully carbon fiber chassis and is one of a kind. The special edition i8 Red Edition Model was featured in the 2016 Geneva Motor show and inside the car, it features double-stitching and applications in high grade carbon fiber and ceramic trim.
Here is to naming a few cars with Carbon Fiber; 2017 Audi R8, 2017 Lexus LC 500, 2016 Nissan GT-R, Koenigsegg, Ferrari LaFerrari, Pagani Huayra and many more. Carbon Fiber is the future for automobile models.