It’s no surprise that higher fuel-efficiency standards are impacting the way the American automotive industry manufacturers it’s vehicles. As more designers are looking for newer ways to lightweight car designs, composite parts are fast becoming an attractive solution. Here are three supercars that, according to Eric Tingwell at Automobile Magazine, are leading the industry and implementing interesting composite usages:
McLaren MP4-12C: The MP4-12C is the first car completely designed and manufactured by McLaren Automotive. The most impressive composite feature is the one-piece carbon fiber tub, or Carbon MonoCell, the company can manufacture in four hours. McLaren is using a patented process to produce the tub in a single press with multiaxial fabrics produced by Formax UK. When the company first started, the MonoCell for McLaren’s F1 cars took 3,000 hours to manufacture.
Lexus LFA: Over 65 percent of this supercar is made of carbon fiber, saving Lexus 220 pounds of excess weight. The frame is manufactured in-house using a special carbon fiber material woven by a laser monitored circular loom.
Lamborghini Aventador: You’ve heard it before, Lamborghini is doing some incredible research on carbon fiber composite engineering in collaboration with Boeing Aerospace. For example, the special edition Aventador J that recently premiered at the 2012 Geneva Auto Show uses an advanced carbon fiber in the seats called Carbonskin and many other carbon fiber parts throughout the body to demonstrate the many new ways that the company can implement ultra-light components at an extraordinarily fast rate.