The Lamborghini Aventador hosts a family reunion.
Lamborghini will replace the Gallardo and add a third model range.
Nuance just ain’t its thing.
but wouldnt it be easyer to jut seal the crack with a strong ressin?
Great article, Eric Tingwall! I absolutely agree with you that the cars of tomorrow will be made of strong, lightweight carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP), and thanks to research and new developments, this won't be nearly as costly or time consuming as once thought. In fact, it was recently announced at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Conference that long GLASS fiber can now be modeled in Moldflow for plastics engineers, resulting in even more lightweight structural parts without the expense of carbon, and even more possibilities for the use of CFRP in automobiles.For more on CFRP car parts, visit: http://www.facebook.com/plasticcar and http://www.plastics-car.com/Resources/Resource-Library/Long-Glass-Fiber-Molding.html Rob Krebs, Market Innovations, American Chemistry Council
I also remain a tad skeptical. I am an Audi Quattro aficionado, and Audi has certainly built a lot of A8s and R8s, but I hear that body repairs are expensive and must be done at special places.Carbon fiber??? I think NOT for street cars---as it's even worse than aluminum.BTW---we're leasing a Subie Impreza with four doors, room for four real sized people and AWD for the snowy MI where I live. It weighs 3050 pounds! It is composed of rally proven, tough, high strength steel---not even exotic aluminum is required.
Disagree with this article. I have carbon fiber wheels and frame on my bike. When it crashes and have any crack or damage, the frame/wheel has to be replaced. There is no fixing on carbon. For exotic car, the owner can afford a replacement. For regular joe, it's too expansive to replace a car just becase there is a small damage to one part of the car. Like a fender bender will probably make your car unsafe if it's carbon. Plus it's hard to find damage since the crack could be under the clear coat, making it structurally unsafe.
I can see it already. Plastic burns quite well. Regardless of the added plastic, fasteners will be of steel that corrodes. Many a mechanic gets out the torch to cut or heat stubborn corroded fasteners to make repairs or do replacements. Play that torch on or near plastic components and burn they will, and quite rapidly at that, quickly making a pile of ash, hot steel parts and melted/warped aluminum wheels behind.