By on December 17, 2015

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Ford Motor Company has announced that, in partnership with the Corning glass works, the new Ford GT supercar will have a windshield and engine cover made of what they call Gorilla Glass Hybrid.

In case you don’t know, Gorilla Glass is Corning’s brand name for the ion-exchange-strengthened glass used in smartphones and tablets. Instead of two sheets of annealed glass laminated with a middle sheet of clear polymer — as in conventional safety glass — Gorilla Glass Hybrid replaces the inner layer with Gorilla Glass.

The reason why Ford is using it in the GT is to save weight. “Light weighting” is quickly becoming a meme in the industry. Ford is trying to sell a supercar with a V6 engine so making it as light as possible is critical. Gorilla Glass is significantly thinner than annealed glass of similar strength, it has a much higher strength-to-weight ratio, and the result is something that weighs a third less than conventional glass.

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While this is the first use of Gorilla Glass-branded product for a car’s exterior glass, faithful readers of TTAC will recall that this is not the first time a Detroit automaker has turned to Corning and used ion-exchange glass to save weight.

Three years ago, Jack Baruth wrote about how Corning helped Chrysler lighten the factory “stock” lightweight NHRA A body drag racers they made in 1965. Back then, the thin ion-exchange glass was called Chemcor. Corning publicity for Gorilla Glass makes it sound as if it’s a whole new thing, saying that it uses a completely different formulation than Chemcor, but I’d be willing to make at least a small bet that there’s a chain of patents between Chemcor and Gorilla Glass.

[Photos: Ford Motor Company and Texas Thunder Performance]

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