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    Official: BMW invests in carbon fiber for use beyond i and M models
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    The immense amount of resources BMW has poured into its i brand program hasn't stopped, and recent developments indicate it's likely to pay off for BMW and BMW buyers outside the i brand. The i8 has already sold out its first year run, the i3 racked up 10,000 orders before it even went on sale ...

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    Report: BMW to offer carbon fiber wheels in a year or two
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    The Citroën SM sat on the first set of production glass fiber and resin wheels in 1972 when parent company Michelin developed the exotic hoops in order to take the SM rallying. It wasn't until 2008 that we got the first all-carbon-fiber wheel for passenger cars in the form of a prototype ...

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    Official: Volvo finds a way to turn body panels into batteries [w/video]
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    One of the problems with designing an electric vehicle is figuring out where to fit the battery pack. Volvo – as a part of a European Union research project – is working on a way around this issue by replacing standard parts with lightweight components that double as batteries on both ...

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    Report: Rolls-Royce considering carbon coachbuilding?
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    There's any number of applications in which you might expect to find carbon fiber on an automobile, but a Rolls-Royce is not one of them. That could change in the near future, however, as the super-luxe auto marque is reportedly looking into using the lightweight material on a range of special ...

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    Geneva: Spania GTA Spano packs 900 hp, acres of carbon fiber
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    Spania landed at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show with its GTA Spano. The latest take on the company's supercar packs a 900 horsepower twin-turbocharged 8.4-liter V10 with a similarly impressive 737 pound-feet of torque. With just 2,976 pounds to move around, that big mill has no trouble hustling the ...

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    Geneva: Koenigsegg Agera S Hundra is a carbon fiber and gold leaf party
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    Koenigsegg took to the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to celebrate a milestone in the company's history. The Swedish supercar manufacturer has officially built 100 units over the past ten years, and to mark the occasion, designers whipped up the Agera S Hundra. Swedish for – you guessed it – ...

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    Official: BMW, Boeing weave agreement on carbon fiber recycling research
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    BMW has been at the forefront of volume automakers looking to invest in carbon fiber technology. The latest development in the German automaker's efforts is in the form of a joint venture with aircraft giant Boeing. According to a joint press release, the two companies will collaborate on further ...

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    Opinion: Manufacturing advances bring carbon fiber closer to mass production
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    There's no one single breakthrough, but rather a combination of improvements that make this possible. Automakers have dreamed of using carbon fiber in mass production for decades. But sky-high raw material prices and painfully slow manufacturing cycle times meant that dream was always more ...

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    Report: Caterham to expand beyond sports cars; city cars, CUVs possible
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    Caterham may be looking to expand its product scope beyond its current offerings. After the company announced an alliance with Renault yesterday, Caterham Chairman Tony Fernandes was quoted as saying the partnership is "the start of a line of products from Caterham." Fernandes went on to say the ...

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    SEMA: HRE carbon fiber wheels for all your customizing desires
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    HRE has brought some pretty excellent wheels to market in the past, such as the retro-tastic Vintage Series, bridging old and new in fantastic fashion. The wheel-maker's latest offering is the Carbon Series CF2 Concept, now on display at SEMA. The wheels are not entirely made up of carbon fiber, ...

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    Official: Ford working on mass-market carbon fiber components to save weight, improve efficiency
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    Carbon fiber has been in use for many years in the automotive industry in the name of performance, but Ford is trying to bring this lightweight material to the masses in the name of fuel economy. As a part of the German-funded Hightech.NRW project that began in 2010, Ford and Dow Automotive ...

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    Official: Historic Ermini brand relaunching with Barchetta Sport
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    It's been fifty years since Italian automaker Ermini shuttered its doors, but it looks as if that hiatus has come to an end. The Florence-based sportscar manufacturer plans to launch a new creation, possibly called Seiottosei or 686, by the end of next year. The rear-engine, rear-wheel drive ...

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    Paris: Ferrari's Enzo successor laid bare with carbon fiber chassis display
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    Ferrari is quick to point out that while output across its lineup has jumped roughly 100 horsepower in the last four years, fuel consumption and emissions are down nearly 30 percent. Such gains in efficiency are made through a holistic approach, including engine tuning, aerodynamics, tires, and ...

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    Official: Aston Martin V12 Zagato production cut from 150 to 101
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    One of the most exclusive upcoming supercars has just become a little bit more... exclusive. Aston Martin has announced that the production run of its stunningly badass V12 Zagato will be cut from 150 to 101 units. Whether or not this is in response to low demand is not known, but for those who ...

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    Report: BMW banking on carbon fiber costs to broaden M range
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    There once was a time when BMW only produced a handful of its models in high-performance M guise. There was the M3, the M5, and that was pretty much it. Now, however, it offers M models based on the 1 Series, 3 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, X5 and X6. And that's only expected to grow. The first on ...

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    Official: Renault Alpine A110-50 concept does its papa proud
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    Renault has officially released details on its Alpine A110-50 Concept. Designed to pay homage to the original Alpine A110, the machine wears a body crafted from carbon fiber and dipped in a shade of the same iconic Alpine Blue we all know and love. Up front, designers worked in a set of half-ring ...

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    Official: Ford, Dow Chemical partner on carbon fiber composites, hope to shed up to 750 pounds
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    Ford is getting religion when it comes to light-weighting its vehicles. The company has entered into a new partnership with Dow Chemical to develop carbon fiber that can be manufactured at affordable prices for high-volume applications. That, of course, is the holy grail of weight reduction, ...

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    Geneva: Pagani Huayra Carbon Edition is all things right in the world
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    When American automakers release Carbon editions of their sports cars, buyers are treated to a few carbon fiber veneers, some fancy wheels and a few badges. When Pagani builds a Huayra Carbon Edition, the Italian manufacturer simply constructs every last piece of body work out of the composite ...

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    Geneva: 2012 GTA Spano steals the show
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    The Spanish automaker GTA has returned to the Geneva Motor Show, this time with a production version of the company's Spano supercar. The coupe boasts a laundry list of exotic materials on hand, including a unibody shell constructed of titanium, kevlar and carbon fiber. All told, the package tips ...

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    Report: Next gen. BMW 7 Series to use carbon fiber
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    The next BMW 7 Series, said to be arriving in 2015, will reportedly use more CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) in its build. In two interviews R&D head Dr. Klaus Draeger said the big sedan will introduce the expanded use of CFRP components into the mainstream BMW line. Draeger made sure ...

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