We've brought you stories before about the commitments by BMW and Mercedes to utilize carbon fiber as much as possible in future vehicles. We've also provided a study by Toyota which concludes that carbon fiber may not be as green as we think. Into the debate steps McLaren Automotive with its claimed, largest-ever carbon monocoque order for a series-production vehicle in automotive history. The $184 million (U.S.) order has been placed through Carbo Tech and the material will be utilized on the McLaren MP4-12C supercar.
McLaren realizes the benefit of utilizing this advanced material, and the company issued a statement that said:
The MP4-12C's carbon monocoque weighs a mere 176 pounds, which is absolutely amazing. While we understand McLaren's drive to reduce weight, we would've never imagined that a supercar producer would discuss reducing CO2 emissions as a driving factor behind some of its decisions, at least not until recently. Follow the jump for more info from Carbo Tech.Carbon monocoques are particularly light and thus reduce the CO2 emissions of the vehicles while at the same time offering improved strength, structural rigidity and engineering predictability, resulting in better driving dynamics.