Carbon Fiber

  • 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 CarbonPro Edition

    Carbon fiber has long been a material of choice for the world's supercars, but this year it's going into a pickup truck. The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 CarbonPro Edition ushers in the truck's available carbon-fiber composite bed ahead of expanded availability in the near future. GMC said in a Thursday announcement the limited-edition pickups will be the first with the carbon-composite bed, which hosts numerous benefits according to the brand. Since the carbon-fiber composite is incredibly moldable, engineers were able to push the truck's sidewalls out further and that gives the Sierra 1500...

  • 2020 Toyota Supra TRD concept (Edit)
    Toyota Supra TRD concept adds dashes of carbon-fiber

    The 2020 Toyota Supra is fresh off of its reveal at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the brand is keen to show off potential performance upgrades to its banner sports car. At the 2019 Osaka Auto Messe in Japan on Saturday, Toyota revealed the Supra Performance Line...

  • Carbon fiber structural battery
    Future electric cars could store energy in carbon-fiber bodies instead of batteries

    One day, electric cars may actually store their energy in carbon-fiber bodies and replace the need for heavy batteries. Research published in October from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden shows carbon fiber can operate as electrodes in a lithium-ion battery. A car could feature a...

  • McLaren Composites Technology Center in Yorkshire
    McLaren opens its new carbon fiber center, with some royal help

    For decades, McLaren has only operated one main production facility at its headquarters in Woking, England. That changed on Wednesday as the supercar manufacturer and race team officially opened its new McLaren Composites Technology Center. The new facility is settled in Yorkshire, England, and it...

  • Carbon Revolution carbon-fiber wheel production
    Discover how carbon-fiber wheels are made

    We've already shown readers how carbon-ceramic brakes are made, so now let's take a look at how carbon-fiber wheels come to life. The video above comes from Australian-based company Carbon Revolution. The company, which has rocketed to success thanks to its innovative one-piece carbon-fiber wheels...

  • Bugatti builds a Chiron with an exposed carbon fiber body
    A London dealer built a Bugatti Chiron in fully exposed carbon fiber

    The United Kingdom has an official Bugatti dealership, and it's no surprise that it should fall under the reins of H.R. Owen. As a means of advertising its wares in the best way possible, the dealership has crafted a Chiron with a special body. Instead of insane colors or a crazy livery, the H.R...

  • 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

    General Motors has made efforts to slash weight from its vehicles, and its next-generation full-size pickup trucks might get the most surprising lightweight solution yet. They might be in line for a carbon-fiber-induced diet. The automaker might use the strong, lightweight material in the beds of the next-generation Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. The use of carbon fiber is often reserved for high-end vehicles, whose pricing can absorb the materials cost. But, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal published on Wednesday, GM could incorporate the material in high-end versions...

  • 2013 BMW M3 CRT for sale
    How can a 2013 BMW M3 be worth $299,950?

    This is essentially a brand-new 2013 BMW M3. It shows just 250 miles on its odometer and it's not registered. That's all well and good, but how the heck does someone think they're going to get 50 bucks shy of $300,000 for this car? It all comes down to rarity. This isn't a standard M3, it's the M3...

  • Magna International carbon fiber subframe for Ford
    Ford and Magna team up on prototype carbon fiber subframe

    Carbon fiber is becoming more commonplace than ever, and in the name of weight savings, the material may be making its way into more and more components in more and more common cars. One of those components is future Ford subframes. A collaborative effort between Ford and the automotive supplier...

  • John and Table carbon fiber office furniture
    Race-Inspired Carbon Fiber Table & Chair Are The Supercars Of Furniture

    The John & Table Race is made of carbon fiber and trimmed in leather and Alcantara, just like many high-performance cars.

  • Red Bull Racing at the 2013 Formula One Belgian Grand Prix
    Red Bull's How To Make An F1 Car, Part 4: Video

    Infiniti Red Bull Racing's video series on how to make an F1 car has finally gotten to the good part. Previous installments explained design and the manufacturing of carbon fiber components, but now it's finally time to put everything together and get on the grid. Turning thousands of...

  • 2014 Rolls-Royce Wraith
    Rolls-Royce SUV Still A Ways Off, But Carbon Fiber Bodies Possible

    Rolls-Royce may build limited numbers of cars with custom carbon fiber bodywork.

  • Mercedes AMG 2013 Formula One car

    Mercedes F1 team's new video series takes viewers through the process of building an F1 car.

  • Audi Le Mans prototypes, lightness through carbon fiber
    Audi: Carbon Fiber Too Expensive; Future Is In Mixing Materials

    BMW just yesterday began production of its carbon-fiber-bodied i3—a vehicle that makes some major advances in the way lightweight, mass-produced vehicles are made. But for now, BMW appears to be going it alone. For Audi, which was a leader in the development of aluminum-bodied cars 20 years...

  • 2014 BMW i3, 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show
    BMW i3 Begins Production, Carbon Process Plays Key Role

    Carbon fiber is nothing new to the upper end of the high-performance car world, whether from OEMs or from the aftermarket. It's old hat in racing. But in mass-market vehicles, extensive use of carbon fiber just hasn't taken off yet. BMW hopes to change that with the i3. Entering production today...

  • 2015 Volkswagen Golf, at 2013 New York Auto Show
    Volkswagen Golf Drops Weight With Optional Carbon Fiber Roof

    The Biggest Loser has proven that weight-loss shows can draw serious attention. Volkswagen must be watching because the German automaker is looking for lower numbers on the scales with the Golf. According to Edmunds, VW is nearly ready to offer up an optional extra that will help the popular...

  • Toyota Mark X G Sports concept
    Toyota Previews Future Carbon Fiber Construction In Mark X Concept: Video

    Toyota invested significant money in developing a carbon fiber manufacturing business to construct the Lexus LFA. Originally, its goal was to streamline the process, in hopes of reducing the cost to produce carbon fiber components. As Toyota soon learned, carbon fiber component manufacturing...

  • Porsche 911 with Carbon Revolution CR-9 carbon-fiber wheels
    World's First 'One-Piece' Carbon Fiber Wheels Now Available In U.S.

    A few weeks back we told you about the revolutionary one-piece carbon fiber wheels developed by Australia’s Carbon Revolution. Built first for the Porsche 911, the 19x8.5 (front) and 19x12 (rear) wheels save some ten pounds of unsprung weight per corner, delivering noticeable gains in...

  • Screen capture from Drive's Inside Koenigsegg, episode 1

    If you're anything like us (and we think you are), it's pretty easy to lose a few hours in any given day down a web-searching rabbit hole like the production, use, and benefits of a material like carbon fiber--particularly as it applies to supercars and race cars. Here, we see exactly such a rabbit hole--produced in glorious HD and packaged in a day-saving 8.5 minutes. You can thank the geniuses at Drive and the man behind Koenigsegg himself, Christian Von Koenigsegg, for this excursion into exotica. Best of all, this is just the first episode of a nine-part series that will go behind the...

  • Lexus LFA build #500
    Lexus LFA’s Complex Carbon Fiber Production Process To Be Used For Other Models

    As much as we’d like to see a direct successor for the Lexus LFA supercar, Toyota has no plans to build such a car. Despite costing an exorbitant $375,000, the LFA was a money-losing project and Toyota officials aren’t keen to repeat the process, at least for now. “At one time...

  • The Boeing Dreamliner and the Lamborghini Aventador show their family tree
    The Lamborghini Aventador And The Boeing 787: Video

    Cousins rarely, if ever, look alike. As the family tree branches out, relatives grow farther and farther apart from their genetic starting point, which Charles Darwin would point out is necessary for a species to adapt and thrive. The same can be said for non-biological cousins as well, such as the...

  • BMW i3 Concept MkII
    BMW And Boeing Sign Deal To Develop And Recycle Carbon Fiber

    While automaker BMW currently uses carbon fiber components in cars like the M3, M5 and M6, it will soon begin producing full carbon fiber passenger cells for the i3 electric car and the i8 plug-in hybrid-electric sports car. The carbon fiber that ultimately forms these cells will be manufactured in...

  • An experimental CFRP hood developed for the Ford Focus
    Ford Developing Cost-Effective Methods Of Carbon Fiber Production

    Shaving pounds and even ounces off new vehicles helps to improve performance while simultaneously boosting fuel economy. While materials like aluminum, titanium and carbon fiber are both strong and light, their inherently high cost has generally excluded or limited their use in mainstream vehicles...

  • Oven used to bake carbon fiber components
    Ford And Dow Team To Develop Low Cost Carbon Fiber

    Shaving pounds off of new vehicles is essential to meeting upcoming fuel economy standards, and the best way to reduce weight without compromising strength is via the use of advanced materials. Carbon fiber, for example, is both light and incredibly strong; the downside to carbon fiber is that...

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