Nanotube technology could be coming to Formula 1 as soon as next year, says a researcher at Rice University. The school has apparently developed a process to produce sheets of carbon nanotube material at the rate of about 12 square feet per minute, which probably isn't going to keep a Camry production line going but certainly represents a big improvement over previous laboratory manufacturing methods. This would go a long ways towards maintaining F1 racing's reputation for technological advancement, and would be a logical step in getting such technology brought to the mass-production market. Such material could do far more than just provide for superlight structures, as it shows semiconductive, electromechanical, and photoelectric effects, and can be made transparently as well. Expect it to make for a killer window defroster, if nothing else. [Hat tip - FollowF1.com podcast]
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