BMW Wants To Make The 3 Series Out Of Carbon Fiber, But Can't Just Yet

I sat down with BMW's Head of Design Adrian van Hooydonk at the Geneva Motor Show. We chatted about the BMW i cars and X6Ms wearing the same logo, smaller Minis, and the future of the brand. One thing was clear: BMW plans to go all the way with carbon fiber. But it's going to take a while. » 3/06/15 7:35pm 3/06/15 7:35pm

Ford Invests In Carbon Fiber To Try And Make Everything Lightweight

Ford will be part of the U.S. Government-created Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, aiming to accelerate research and development of low-cost, high-volume carbon fiber for its future products. Watch out BMW, you won't be alone soon. » 2/12/15 9:22am 2/12/15 9:22am

Take your Lego car up a notch with these carbon fiber tiles

Mark Carpenter and his children have developed Lego compatible carbon fiber tiles for use with your new or existing models. Made from 3mm sheets of high gloss carbon fiber, these would be a perfect addition to the upcoming Speed Champions theme or any of your existing Lego automotive, aerospace or nautical vehicles. » 12/19/14 1:33pm 12/19/14 1:33pm

​What Would You Do With Programmable Carbon Fiber?

Making intricate carbon fiber forms is an arduous, expensive process. And when they're complete, they stay that shape forever. But scientists at MIT have managed to literally bend carbon fiber – along with wood and plastic – to their will, and do it on-demand. » 10/14/14 6:02pm 10/14/14 6:02pm

Boeing's Carbon Fiber Is Helping Protect Football Players

When industries form a symbiotic collaboration, that's always a good thing. Especially when it's environmentally friendly and helps protect athletes from debilitating injuries. Russell Athletic is developing new football shoulder pads, made from recycled carbon fiber used in Boeing's 787 Dreamliners. » 9/10/14 3:44pm 9/10/14 3:44pm

BMW Is Tripling Carbon Fiber Production For The Next 7 Series

The factory BMW uses to supply carbon fiber for the i3 and i8 just got a $200 million infusion to triple its capacity. Norbert Reithofer says the next 7 Series will set an "example in terms of weight reduction." Coincidence? » 5/12/14 4:19pm 5/12/14 4:19pm

How Washington-Made Carbon Fiber Turns Into A BMW i3 In Germany

The Moses Lake Reservoir in Washington is pretty important for BMW: all the sustainable carbon fiber they use for their i cars is made there. But the material's journey ends in Germany. That's a long way to go, and this is how it's done. » 4/25/14 2:20pm 4/25/14 2:20pm

Why BMW Wants To Sell You Their Glorious Carbon Fiber Wheel

What has been developed for the electric i sub-brand is now on the edge of becoming an option for regular BMWs too. EU bureaucracy is the biggest obstacle standing between you and carbon fiber wheels, but not for long. BMW needs to make some of its investment back. » 2/24/14 2:45pm 2/24/14 2:45pm

Who Just Spent $24 Million To Build A Mysterious Supercar?

The British company Prodrive just secured a record $24 million contract for making supercar composite body structures and trim for "one of the world’s most prestigious vehicle manufacturers." Problem is, I don't know who would that be, although I have my guesses. » 10/16/13 9:10am 10/16/13 9:10am

The Most Important Aspect of Alfa Romeo's New 4C

While Alfa's latest creation may seem to pin consumers between power and price, the Italians have hid something quite special under the 4C's bonnet. To date, carbon fiber monocoque chassis have been reserved for supercar manufactures because of the extreme cost associated with their creation. » 9/25/13 3:20pm 9/25/13 3:20pm

Lexus LFA's Carbon Fiber Tech Heads To The London Design Museum

One of the most amazing things about the Lexus LFA wasn't even a part of the car. It was the massive, state of the art loom Toyota created to weave the carbon fiber that comprised the LFA's body. Now, if you're in England, you can get a glimpse of it at the London Design Museum. » 7/28/13 3:00pm 7/28/13 3:00pm

Ferrari Will Charge You $3,533 For A Carbon Fiber Cupholder

What you're looking at is an order form for a $380,668 Ferrari F12. And $3,533 of that price is for the cupholder alone. » 7/24/13 3:28pm 7/24/13 3:28pm

This Is How The Alfa Romeo 4C Is Built

This sports car powered by a mid-mounted turbo four is the first mass produced Alfa Romeo to be offered in the US since 1995. No wonder they use carbon fiber and lasers during its production! » 6/13/13 1:15pm 6/13/13 1:15pm

This Colorful Carbon Fiber Is The Lightweight Way To Be Really Flashy

We've seen colored carbon fiber bodies rolling out of high-end European supercar maker's gates before, but rally legend engineering group Prodrive came up with something even better. » 4/23/13 9:30am 4/23/13 9:30am

Mercedes Will Paint Your Terrifying SLS AMG Black Series Yellow For…

The Mercedes SLS AMG Black is the Four Loko of supercars: A hyped up adrenaline beast that will definitely kill you if you use it incorrectly. » 1/24/13 2:40pm 1/24/13 2:40pm

Wood Nanocrystals Are Like Carbon FIber Only Lighter, Stronger, And…

The US Forest Products Laboratory, taking a break from their lucrative pinecone-powered robotics projects, have opened a new $1.7 million pilot plant around Madison, WI to develop new nanocellulose materials. The new wood-based materials can be stronger and lighter than both Kevlar and carbon fiber, at about ten… » 9/04/12 3:00pm 9/04/12 3:00pm

The Mansory Carbonado Is An Evil Carbon Fiber Lamborghini Aventador

Mansory, the tuning house with a penchant for ruining nearly everything it touches, may have finally made something cool that doesn't burn out people's retinas. The car, called the Carbonado, is a carbon fiber Lamborghini Aventador that will be limited to a production run of just six units. » 7/18/12 12:40pm 7/18/12 12:40pm

Hot rodders turn Nissan GT-R into a carbon fiber Godzilla

Nissan's GT-R does an impressive job of using monster power and tech to compensate for its considerable mass, but one California speed shop's decided that Godzilla could benefit from a radical course of liposuction anyway. » 11/18/11 10:00am 11/18/11 10:00am