Carbon fiber has been a major material in the automotive industry for years, particularly in the building of racing cars and supercars.
Unfortunately, it’s rarely used in everyday production vehicles, usually limited to fake accents that only give the illusion of being carbon fiber.
Ford is going to change that, though. The company has just announced a formal agreement with DowAska, a major carbon fiber manufacturer, which aims to “advance the adoption of cost-effective carbon fiber components.”
The ultimate goal is fairly obvious: to reduce vehicle weight. Weight reduction is one of the most tried-and-true methods of making a car better at just about everything, including fuel economy, acceleration, handling—you name it. The same kind of reasoning behind Ford’s efforts to make the 2015 F-150 all in aluminum.
The bonus of using carbon fiber is that the car won’t lose any strength, either (aluminum doesn’t either, but carbon fiber provides an even better weight-to-strength ratio).
No word yet as to when we might expect carbon fiber production cars at Sanderson Ford, but we’ll keep you updated!