Tuesday 13 October 2015

Carbon Fibre: cars!

A round up of all the latest carbon developments in the world of very-fast-cars.

First up, we've got the special edition 650S Can-Am from McLaren. Developed to mark the 50th anniversary of the first race of the Canadian-American series. If you've never seen one of those races, this video from 1971 will give you an idea. So much vintagey goodness!

Anyway, on to the car itself...

The roof and bonnet panel are full carbon, along with a carbon airbrake and rear bumper. Even the brakes are carbon-ceramic.

For only £255,580 (only), you'll get a top speed of 204mph and 0-62 in 3 seconds. Plus, it comes in a choice of three colours!

See more at TopGear.com 


Next, we've got a history of carbon fibre at Lamborghini.

From its first performance in the Countach Quattrovalvole in 1985, Lambo has utilised carbon for its weight-minimising properties and sleek good looks.

In this video, you'll see that they've moved on to forged composites. 

"Instead of traditional woven carbon fibre sheets impregnated with resin it uses a malleable paste of carbon and resin which makes it incredibly strong." 

Read more at compositestoday.com


Cambridge University Eco Racing has developed the sleek EVA, ahead of the World Solar Challenge which kicks off in Australia on October 18th.
The car's chassis is 100% carbon fibre, making it less that 1/4 of the weight of a standard small car - even with a driver inside!

The race covers 3,000km over 7 days, staring in Darwin and heading south to the finish line in Adelaide. 

Teams from across the world (mainly universities) have been developing their solar vehicles with hopes of winning the prestigious title.

You can learn more about the race and other teams at http://worldsolarchallenge.org 


And to round this all off - here's a video of an awesome, BLUE carbon fibre Koenigsegg just revving its little heart out. Enjoy!

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