Volume 89 Issue 39 | pp. 10-14
Issue Date: September 26, 2011

Cover Story

Getting The Steel Out

Automakers push ahead on energy-saving carbon fiber composites despite questions of economic viability
Department: Business | Collection: Economy
News Channels: Materials SCENE
Keywords: carbon fiber, composites, epoxy, cars

The Lamborghini Sesto Elemento sports car, set to go into limited production late next year, will harness a powerful V10 engine to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds. Its cousin, the Gallardo LP 560-4 Spyder, takes 1.5 seconds longer to get up to that speed. The biggest difference between the two is that the Sesto is a carbon fiber car weighing in at just 2,200 lb. The aluminum-framed Spyder weighs a hefty . . .

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