With the backing of BMW, though, it seems that the time may finally have come for carbon fiber to come to the fore of automotive technologies. Now, another German company, automotive supplier ZF, is looking to get in on the front line of composite technology with a new carbon fiber MacPherson strut assembly.
According to the manufacturer, this new suspension component cuts up to nine pounds at each corner through the use of an integrated wheel carrier, a piston rod of carbon fiber, a fiberglass spring (seen on cars such as the Corvette for years) and a plastic top mounting plate. While this unit is initially designed for the upcoming wave of small cars, ZF says the technology can be applied to larger offerings as well.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]