European carmakers such as Lamborghini, Ferrari, Bentley and McLaren made carbon-fiber composites the standard for high-end supercars. Now they're taking carbon fiber even further, creating new ways to reduce molding time and get more of the material into structural parts.
Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A made its new technology the centerpiece of its Sesto Elemento concept, which was introduced Sept. 30 at the Paris auto show.
The car uses carbon fiber for the passenger compartment, the front and rear-end structures, suspension components, the interior, all exterior panels and suspension components.
Even the tailpipe is made from a carbon and glass-ceramic composite.
The new thrust, said Stephan Winkelmann, CEO of Lamborghini, is part of an effort to slash weight and push performance.
"The Sesto Elemento shows how the future of the super sports car can look," Winkelmann said. "Extreme lightweight engineering, combined with extreme performance, results in extreme driving fun.
"It is our abilities in carbon-fiber technology that have facilitated such a forward-thinking concept."