What is 10 times stronger and 5 times lighter than steel? If it sounds like a futuristic space technology, it’s because this cutting-edge material has actually been used in the aerospace industry. It’s also been used in military and high-end race vehicle manufacturing.
Carbon fiber is akin to space-age material. Integrating it into high-performance and luxury vehicles has given birth to a legion of fans and it’s easy to see why. This material improves the handling, braking, and acceleration when it comes to vehicle driving dynamics. It also enhances frame and body frame.
Another great thing about carbon fiber is that it provides better impact protection for the rider in the event of a crash. And it’s fuel efficient to boot!
If carbon fiber is such an awesome material, then why isn’t the auto industry clambering to make more of it for manufacturing?
For one, it costs a lot to make. Not only are the raw materials for making ultra lightweight carbon fiber sheets expensive, production is time-consuming and the manufacturing process complex. Thus, carbon fiber can cost from 7 dollars to several hundred dollars per pound. The price is highly dependent on variation.
Carbon fiber is the reason why luxury cars like the McLaren F1 and the Lamborghini Centenario costs more or less $1,900,000. The cheapest of the lot is the BMW 13, which costs $47, 245.
Since carbon fiber is expensive, how long does it really last and how should one care for it? This infographic by Carbon Fiber Gear will tell you that along with other interesting in-depth information about this space-age material.
Suhail is a journalist who loves everything about technology driven cars. He keeps a keen eye on the latest developments in automotive industry and shares the news as it breaks.
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