Ford Motor unveils prototype carbon fiber hood


The carbon fiber-reinforced plastic Ford Focus hood displayed at the Composites Europe event in Dusseldorf, Germany is constructed from the super-strong material usually associated with bespoke racing vehicles or high-performance sports cars.

The prototype hood weighs more than 50% less than a standard steel version. As a result of progress made during an ongoing research project involving engineers from the Ford European Research Centre, production time for an individual carbon fiber bonnet is fast enough to be employed on a production line—a significant step towards increased usage of lightweight materials in Ford vehicles.
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