Carbon Fibre is a holy Material for industries like Automobile and Aviation. It has been utilized for decades to build racecars, as a means to cut weight while maintaining the necessary strength. However, until recently, the space-age material has been largely absent from the streets on anything but supercars because of the expense to use it.
But a good news for all the manufacturers who are looking for this superstong lightweight material has arrived. A German research organization, MAI Carbon Cluster Management GmbH, together with the support of the industry ginats like BMW, Audi, Airbus, the German government, and many other organizations as supporters, is researching on how to make carbon fiber cheaper to produce.
According to a report published in the Automotive News Europe, the company thinks, it can reduce the cost of the Carbon fibre by 90 percent in the near future and they are already halfway in achieving the target. "We've certainly reached a halfway point on our cost-cutting target for suitable carbon-fiber parts," said project head Klaus Drechsler to Automotive News Europe.
Recently, BMW signalled a major shift in the trend of using carbon fibre in small projects when they started using carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels on the i3 and i8. This relatively small-scale start might be just the beginning and at present, the industry in Europe is using carbon fibre along with other materials. The applications of carbon fibre in cheaper vehicles will develop over time says BMW’s head of development, Herbert Diess.
On the contrary, the German research firm believes that a breakthrough to manufacture inexpensive lightweight stuff is just around the horizon. We certainly hope that such low cost material is manufactured as soon as possible so that the technology may help reduce the weight of the car considerably.