Ford Has Created Cheap Carbon for Cars

January 24, 2013 at 9:05 am

The European Research Center of Ford has recently showed a prototype hood created from inexpensive to manufacture carbon-fiber material, which in the future could be used on massive cars production. According to developers, the item received is by about 50 percent lighter and five times tougher than steel counterpart.

newly developed Ford car

Image of the newly developed Ford car

“It’s no secret that the weight reduction of the machine improves fuel economy, but the process of fast and affordable production in large quantities of the carbon automotive parts, has never been available – said a top manager of the research center of the American company Ford Inga Veymeyer. – But now Ford and its partners are preparing a solution that will lead to the production of low-cost carbon fiber car parts.”

Ford white new car

Picture of the Ford white new car

As partners in the “Ford” project of the development of prototype parts participate the automotive engineering institute of the University of Aachen, and the company Henkel, Evonik, IKV, Composite Impulse, Toho Tenax and Hightech.NRW. As Ford noted that carbon hood meets all requirements for rigidity and strength. Also this part performed well in crash test on pedestrian safety. Experts noted a high degree of pedestrian head protection thanks to a special layer of foam, which is located between two carbon plates above and below the hood.

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