For decades now carbon fibre has been used in the production of everything from aircraft to racing cars – due its incredibly high strength and extremely low weight.
The all-new Ford GT – which makes extensive use of lightweight materials including carbon fibre – will boast one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any production car.
The result? It will be more fun-to-drive and use less fuel.
So why don’t we do that with all our cars?
Well, until now the use of carbon fibre in mass production has been prohibitively expensive.
But that could be about to change.
As part of a U.S. Government-created initiative, we will work with specialists DowAksa to develop techniques for manufacturing carbon fibre in high volumes.
“We have a true alliance of highly talented people working to take automotive materials to the next level,” said Ken Washington, Ford vice president, Research and Advanced Engineering. “Our collaboration with DowAksa and participation in this organisation significantly boosts what we are able to achieve.”
Creating lighter vehicles also is a major part of Ford’s Blueprint for Sustainability, which aims to reduce fuel consumption and exhaust emissions.
Our best-selling Fiesta already uses high-strength, lightweight boron steel.