The Truth About Cars » Carbon Fiber http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Thu, 11 Feb 2016 18:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Carbon Fiber http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com McLaren Will Not Go Further Down Market From the 540S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/mclaren-will-not-go-market-540s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/mclaren-will-not-go-market-540s/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 11:00:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1057778   It sounds funny to say a car that costs almost $185,000 is a move downmarket, but the new McLaren 570S introduced at the recent New York Auto Show, and the detuned 540S version of the same “Sport Series” chassis (~$150K), are exactly that. The first McLarens to cost less than a quarter of a […]

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  It sounds funny to say a car that costs almost $185,000 is a move downmarket, but the new McLaren 570S introduced at the recent New York Auto Show, and the detuned 540S version of the same “Sport Series” chassis (~$150K), are exactly that. The first McLarens to cost less than a quarter of a […]

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Review: 2015 BMW i3 Range Extender aka i3 REx (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-bmw-i3-range-extender-aka-i3-rex-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/review-2015-bmw-i3-range-extender-aka-i3-rex-video/#comments Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:24:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1018290 Some call it a hybrid, some call it an EV. Some have called it a REx, a BEVx, a landmark vehicle in EV production, and others simply call it ugly. One things is for sure however, the 2015 BMW i3 turns more heads in Northern California than a Tesla Model S. Not since I last […]

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Some call it a hybrid, some call it an EV. Some have called it a REx, a BEVx, a landmark vehicle in EV production, and others simply call it ugly. One things is for sure however, the 2015 BMW i3 turns more heads in Northern California than a Tesla Model S. Not since I last […]

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BMW: We’re Not Working With Tesla On Anything http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/bmw-working-tesla-anything/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/12/bmw-working-tesla-anything/#comments Wed, 03 Dec 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=954977 Were you hoping BMW and Tesla would join forces for the future of electrification? Not so fast. According to Wirtschafts Woche, a BMW representative stated the company will not be buying shares in the California-based automaker, nor offering much more than its carbon fiber technology, which BMW states is open to all comers. The Bavarians […]

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Were you hoping BMW and Tesla would join forces for the future of electrification? Not so fast. According to Wirtschafts Woche, a BMW representative stated the company will not be buying shares in the California-based automaker, nor offering much more than its carbon fiber technology, which BMW states is open to all comers. The Bavarians […]

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Projects In Germany, US Closer To Low-Cost Carbon Fiber Manufacturing http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/projects-germany-us-closer-low-cost-carbon-fiber-manufacturing/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/projects-germany-us-closer-low-cost-carbon-fiber-manufacturing/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 10:00:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=931938 Though carbon fiber is being used more extensively in new vehicles, the high costs associated with building a vehicle out of the material have kept it to the likes of the Lexus LFA and BMW i Series. This could soon change, however. Bloomberg reports MAI Carbon Cluster Management GmbH, with financial backing from BMW, Audi, […]

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Though carbon fiber is being used more extensively in new vehicles, the high costs associated with building a vehicle out of the material have kept it to the likes of the Lexus LFA and BMW i Series. This could soon change, however. Bloomberg reports MAI Carbon Cluster Management GmbH, with financial backing from BMW, Audi, […]

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BMW Investing In A Carbon-Fiber Future Beyond i, M Brands http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-investing-in-a-carbon-fiber-future-beyond-i-m-brands/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/05/bmw-investing-in-a-carbon-fiber-future-beyond-i-m-brands/#comments Wed, 14 May 2014 10:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=820330 On the success of a first-year sell-out of the i8 and high demand for the i3, BMW is making an additional investment into its joint venture with SGL Group, with the intention of introducing carbon fiber into models beyond the i and M collections. Autoblog reports the automaker will inject $200 million into SGL Automotive […]

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On the success of a first-year sell-out of the i8 and high demand for the i3, BMW is making an additional investment into its joint venture with SGL Group, with the intention of introducing carbon fiber into models beyond the i and M collections. Autoblog reports the automaker will inject $200 million into SGL Automotive […]

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2014 Beijing Auto Show: BMW’s “Vision Future Luxury” 9-Series Concept http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/2014-beijing-auto-show-bmws-vision-future-luxury-9-series-concept/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/2014-beijing-auto-show-bmws-vision-future-luxury-9-series-concept/#comments Mon, 21 Apr 2014 17:15:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=805714 Few companies are as competitive with each other as the German luxury brands. Now that Mercedes-Benz will be making the S600 Maybach edition of their S-Class fullsize sedan, BMW is responding wtih their own flagship, the Vision Future Luxury concept, introduced at the Beijing auto show on Sunday. Since Vision Future Luxury doesn’t quite fit BMW’s […]

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Few companies are as competitive with each other as the German luxury brands. Now that Mercedes-Benz will be making the S600 Maybach edition of their S-Class fullsize sedan, BMW is responding wtih their own flagship, the Vision Future Luxury concept, introduced at the Beijing auto show on Sunday. Since Vision Future Luxury doesn’t quite fit BMW’s […]

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Volvo Capacitive Carbon Fiber Panels Could Replace Batteries, Save Weight In EVs & Conventional Cars http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/volvo-capacitive-carbon-fiber-panels-could-replace-batteries-save-weight-in-evs-conventional-cars/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/volvo-capacitive-carbon-fiber-panels-could-replace-batteries-save-weight-in-evs-conventional-cars/#comments Thu, 24 Oct 2013 10:30:51 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=632762 BMW is using carbon fiber composite unibodies for the electric i3 and i8 models to reduce their weight, thereby increasing their range. Now, Volvo is using carbon fiber in a novel way for EVs. Using carbon fiber it has developed a composite material that acts as a capacitor, storing electrical energy, so theoretically body panels […]

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BMW is using carbon fiber composite unibodies for the electric i3 and i8 models to reduce their weight, thereby increasing their range. Now, Volvo is using carbon fiber in a novel way for EVs. Using carbon fiber it has developed a composite material that acts as a capacitor, storing electrical energy, so theoretically body panels […]

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A Look at BMW Carbon Fiber Production for the i3 Electric Car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/a-look-at-bmw-carbon-fiber-production-for-the-i3-electric-car/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/a-look-at-bmw-carbon-fiber-production-for-the-i3-electric-car/#comments Thu, 17 Oct 2013 13:00:40 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=625113 One of our readers, Noble713, commenting on a news items about the BMW i3, asked if TTAC could provide more coverage on BMW’s carbon fiber productions methods. The i3 EV, and upcoming i8, are built upon CFRP structures. Weight is the enemy of electric vehicles. The more weight you can take out of the actual […]

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One of our readers, Noble713, commenting on a news items about the BMW i3, asked if TTAC could provide more coverage on BMW’s carbon fiber productions methods. The i3 EV, and upcoming i8, are built upon CFRP structures. Weight is the enemy of electric vehicles. The more weight you can take out of the actual […]

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Strong Demand Has BMW Considering Increase in i3 EV Production as Carbon Fiber Problems Delay Builds http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/strong-demand-has-bmw-considering-increase-in-i3-ev-production-as-carbon-fiber-problems-delay-builds/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/strong-demand-has-bmw-considering-increase-in-i3-ev-production-as-carbon-fiber-problems-delay-builds/#comments Tue, 15 Oct 2013 17:46:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=624177 With demand for its i3 EV surpassing BMW’s expectations, the company’s chief financial officer, Friedrich Eichiner, told Bloomberg that the company is considering increasing production of the electric car. Though retail deliveries will not start until next month, over 8,000 orders have been booked so far. Originally, BMW hoped to sell about 10,000 i3s in 2014, but […]

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With demand for its i3 EV surpassing BMW’s expectations, the company’s chief financial officer, Friedrich Eichiner, told Bloomberg that the company is considering increasing production of the electric car. Though retail deliveries will not start until next month, over 8,000 orders have been booked so far. Originally, BMW hoped to sell about 10,000 i3s in 2014, but […]

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Alfa Romeo 4C Narrowly Avoids The Ton http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/alfa-romeo-4c-narrowly-avoids-the-ton/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/alfa-romeo-4c-narrowly-avoids-the-ton/#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 19:18:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=491656 We all knew that the Alfa Romeo 4C was going to be light, but the recently announced curb  (looks like it’s the dry weight) weight of 1969 lbs is unprecedentedly svelte in this era. That’s the same weight as a Lotus Elise or a Volkswagen Up! That  237 horsepower turbo 4-cylinder doesn’t seem so puny anymore, […]

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We all knew that the Alfa Romeo 4C was going to be light, but the recently announced curb  (looks like it’s the dry weight) weight of 1969 lbs is unprecedentedly svelte in this era. That’s the same weight as a Lotus Elise or a Volkswagen Up! That  237 horsepower turbo 4-cylinder doesn’t seem so puny anymore, […]

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Fiber Fever: Carbon Goes Mainstream http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/fiber-fever-carbon-goes-mainstream/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/fiber-fever-carbon-goes-mainstream/#comments Thu, 12 Apr 2012 13:51:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=439563 For a long time, carbon fiber was a high tech, high cost product. Slowly, carbon fiber is going mainstream. From Volkswagen to Toyota and GM, large automakers have carbon fiber projects in the works. Now, Ford is joining the bandwagon made from lightweight fiber. Ford  joined up with fiber specialist Dow Chemical “to develop cost-effective […]

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For a long time, carbon fiber was a high tech, high cost product. Slowly, carbon fiber is going mainstream. From Volkswagen to Toyota and GM, large automakers have carbon fiber projects in the works. Now, Ford is joining the bandwagon made from lightweight fiber. Ford  joined up with fiber specialist Dow Chemical “to develop cost-effective […]

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Review: 2012 Jaguar XKR-S http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/review-2012-jaguar-xkr-s/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/03/review-2012-jaguar-xkr-s/#comments Thu, 15 Mar 2012 16:02:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=434160 At 7 years old, the XK isn’t a kitten anymore – but with a rumored 3 years until the next redesign, what’s a luxury marque to do? Make special editions, of course. On the surface, the XKR-S looks like a baby-boomer dressed like a teenager, or as the Brits put it: mutton dressed as lamb. […]

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At 7 years old, the XK isn’t a kitten anymore – but with a rumored 3 years until the next redesign, what’s a luxury marque to do? Make special editions, of course. On the surface, the XKR-S looks like a baby-boomer dressed like a teenager, or as the Brits put it: mutton dressed as lamb. […]

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Steel Industry: Replace Tailpipe Emissions Testing With Lifecycle Analysis http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/steel-industry-replace-tailpipe-emissions/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/steel-industry-replace-tailpipe-emissions/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 17:00:43 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=414737 Light-weight materials such as carbon-fiber, aluminum and magnesium are widely touted as key components of the drive towards greater fuel economy. Which explains why the automotive steel supplier industry is suddenly calling for an end to tailpipe emissions testing and a switch to the more holistic life cycle analysis testing. According to a press release from WorldAutoSteel, […]

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Light-weight materials such as carbon-fiber, aluminum and magnesium are widely touted as key components of the drive towards greater fuel economy. Which explains why the automotive steel supplier industry is suddenly calling for an end to tailpipe emissions testing and a switch to the more holistic life cycle analysis testing. According to a press release from WorldAutoSteel, […]

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Carbon Fiber Vs. Carbon Dioxide: German Car Maker Risks A Big Gamble http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/carbon-fiber-vs-carbon-dioxide-german-car-maker-risks-a-big-gamble/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/11/carbon-fiber-vs-carbon-dioxide-german-car-maker-risks-a-big-gamble/#comments Sun, 07 Nov 2010 05:38:17 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=371709 Except for a lot of green talk, my German compatriots are not known for enthusiastically embracing the EV idea. Japan, even China is way ahead of them. Despite high gasoline costs (taxes, taxes), even hybrids are everything but runaway successes in the Fatherland. If Germans want to save, they buy a Diesel, or take the […]

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Except for a lot of green talk, my German compatriots are not known for enthusiastically embracing the EV idea. Japan, even China is way ahead of them. Despite high gasoline costs (taxes, taxes), even hybrids are everything but runaway successes in the Fatherland. If Germans want to save, they buy a Diesel, or take the […]

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And Now For The Carbon Fiber Age http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/and-now-for-the-carbon-fiber-age/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/10/and-now-for-the-carbon-fiber-age/#comments Sun, 10 Oct 2010 07:58:24 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=368087 Producers of rolled steel and car manufacturers alike are casting a wary eye towards Japan. There, Toray Industries has developed technology, that, for the first time, allows carbon fiber to be used for mass produced auto bodies. According to The Nikkei [sub], Toray will start supplying Toyota and Fuji Heavy with carbon fiber for car […]

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Producers of rolled steel and car manufacturers alike are casting a wary eye towards Japan. There, Toray Industries has developed technology, that, for the first time, allows carbon fiber to be used for mass produced auto bodies. According to The Nikkei [sub], Toray will start supplying Toyota and Fuji Heavy with carbon fiber for car […]

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BMW MegaCity EV Hides Much Bigger Find: Affordable Carbon Fiber http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/bmw-megacity-ev-hides-much-bigger-find-affordable-carbon-fiber/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/07/bmw-megacity-ev-hides-much-bigger-find-affordable-carbon-fiber/#comments Sat, 03 Jul 2010 12:27:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=360189 When word of the BMW EV called „MegaCity“ first made the rounds, our Ed Niedermeyer called it  “BMW’s long-rumored Neo-Isetta EV.” Now, BMW opened the first button of their electric blouse. At a presentation in the BMW museum, BMW showed first MegaCity drawings. The sketches were shown by BMWs chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk,  and […]

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When word of the BMW EV called „MegaCity“ first made the rounds, our Ed Niedermeyer called it  “BMW’s long-rumored Neo-Isetta EV.” Now, BMW opened the first button of their electric blouse. At a presentation in the BMW museum, BMW showed first MegaCity drawings. The sketches were shown by BMWs chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk,  and […]

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Ferrari Fights The Future http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/ferrari-fights-the-future/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/05/ferrari-fights-the-future/#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 15:46:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=355665 Despite breaking new ground in the field of brand leverage with its Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, Ferrari does seem to have lost the plot a bit in relation to its “other” business building expensive sportscars. Ferrari’s abandonment of the manual transmission might be justified by faster lap times at Fiorano, and the lightning-fast, […]

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Despite breaking new ground in the field of brand leverage with its Ferrari World Abu Dhabi theme park, Ferrari does seem to have lost the plot a bit in relation to its “other” business building expensive sportscars. Ferrari’s abandonment of the manual transmission might be justified by faster lap times at Fiorano, and the lightning-fast, […]

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Let There Be Light. Weight http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/let-there-be-light-weight/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/04/let-there-be-light-weight/#comments Wed, 28 Apr 2010 07:09:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=354515 When I was a kid copywriter on the Volkswagen account, grumpy but thorough VW engineers drummed one tenet of green into me: You don’t save gas with secret carburetors which the oil companies hide. You save by shedding weight. The less weight to push around, the less energy is needed to do the pushing. From […]

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When I was a kid copywriter on the Volkswagen account, grumpy but thorough VW engineers drummed one tenet of green into me: You don’t save gas with secret carburetors which the oil companies hide. You save by shedding weight. The less weight to push around, the less energy is needed to do the pushing. From […]

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What’s Wrong With This Picture: Can “Mansory” Be A Verb Now Edition? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-can-mansory-be-a-verb-now/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2010/03/whats-wrong-with-this-picture-can-mansory-be-a-verb-now/#comments Fri, 12 Mar 2010 01:10:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=348672 The post What’s Wrong With This Picture: Can “Mansory” Be A Verb Now Edition? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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