31 Dec '12, 11pm

Carbon-Fiber Cars: Rumpelstiltskin famously spun straw into gold, and until recently, the idea of weaving superl...

Carbon-Fiber Cars: Rumpelstiltskin famously spun straw into gold, and until recently, the idea of weaving superl...

Rumpelstiltskin famously spun straw into gold, and until recently, the idea of weaving superlight carbon fiber into mainstream cars also seemed a fairy tale. The reason? Carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, or CFRP, is expensive. Back in 1992 the cost was insanely high—U.K.-based McLaren Automotive needed 3000 man-hours to hand-layer, mold, and cure the material into the bones of the US $1 million F1 , the world’s first street-legal carbon car. And even though McLaren now builds the 75-kilogram carbon chassis of its MP4-12C supercar in just 4 hours and sells the car for $225 000, that’s still too steep for the average buyer. But now BMW is unveiling a technology that it says can mold a woven sheet of carbon fiber into a completed car part in less than 10 minutes. Those parts will go into the groundbreaking BMW i3 , a plug-in hybrid that analysts estimate will cost just $40 000...

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