Last year at Tokyo Auto Salon, Lexus had a pretty large booth that mimicked some kind of Nordic dance club bar one might see in Oslo or Stockholm, all white and glass and steel, with flashing lights, dancers, and Lexus staffers in thin, crisp reflective suits. This year? Carbon fiber race cars. That’s it.
You’d expect carbon fiber—the ultra light, hard-as-steel composite—to shatter or something when you crush it with a hydraulic press. Not. At. All.
If you know anything about cars, you probably salivate a little bit when you hear that something is made out of carbon fiber. It’s highly valued in aviation and automotive use for its lightness and strength. But, unlike aluminum, plastics and steel, it’s also very difficult to recycle. Until now!
Man, I am just so tired of my furniture resting on something as predictable as the floor. Sick of conventional couches and daybeds on which to have boring naps. Good thing these mini robots weavers that can build gravity-defying structures exist.
Ever since it heard that Ford across town started selling a performance car with ultra-light carbon fiber wheels, GM has been jealous. Like, so jealous.
In 1981, McLaren won the British Grand Prix with the world’s first carbon fiber monocoque race car, the MP4/1. Today, all high-end road cars use the same technology, and we can thank John Barnard (and Salt Lake City) for that.
If you want McLaren Special Operations to convert your “regular” McLaren P1 into something like you see above, the company will charge you approximately £220,000. Not that it matters, but for the price of those body panels and MSO’s time, you could also buy an open top 650S. Worth it?
Every time a car reviewer calls some new 3,000+ pound sports car “light,” think of this new Suzuki Ignis hatchback. It’s lighter than them all. In fact, the upcoming Ignis lighter than any carbon fiber hypercar available today.
Not long after Gordon Murray revealed his new iStream Carbon chassis structure with Yamaha’s tasty concept car, TVR announced that the full carbon package will be a no cost option on its Launch Edition cars expected later this year. And there’s more.
The first production Lamborghini featuring carbon fiber components was the Countach Quattrovalvole in 1985. eGarage shows how three decades later, Lamborghini’s Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory is still busy making everything lighter and stronger right here in America.
Sounds like BMW has just patented designs for two carbon fiber motorcycle frames, along with plans for efficient assembly. Apparently one would fit sport bikes specifically, while the other could be worked into a more diverse range of body styles.
If I could pick out one material to adorn as many surfaces as possible, it would probably be carbon fiber. Carbon fiber trim. Carbon fiber knobs. Carbon fiber seat backs. Carbon fiber toilets. Carbon fiber everything. Lucky for us, Alfa Romeo’s gorgeous new Giulia sports sedan has carbon fiber everywhere inside.
The 2016 Ford Mustang GT350R is the first proper production car to come standard with carbon fiber wheels, and the front pair uses the same ceramic plasma arc spray-on heat protection what NASA put on the original Space Shuttle’s main fuel pump turbine blades. That should do it!
Remember when Audi introduced its hybrid carbon-aluminum chassis with the Lamborghini Huracan? Well, looking at the new BMW 7-Series and its “carbon core,” that feels rather last year.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.