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Quick as lightning after all that lightening.

The exposed weave looks good.

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Automakers learn from their partnerships in areas like carbon fiber.

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Now you're cooking with science.

Open Road

Industry insider George Wand portrays the automobile's changing shapes and various materials used during its 125 year history.

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The Camaro ZL1 has been upgraded with the newly introduced 1LE performance package.

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Watch a hydraulic press completely destroy carbon-fiber components.

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Less weight and a smaller engine could be in the future.

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We take a look inside the new Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory.

Lambo has come a long way since the experimental carbon-fiber Countach Evoluzione of 1985.

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Rollout timing is unclear.

The Ford GT and Mustang Shelby GT350R are about to get company in the fancy wheel department.

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The lightweight wheels will be available in two finishes that let the weave shine through.

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The first of four new models that TVR will launch over the course of the next decade will offer a carbon-fiber structure made using Gordon Murray's iStream process.

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An Australian report claims that the Ford GT is getting carbon fiber wheels from Carbon Revolution, the same supplier as the Shelby Mustang GT350R. Ford says that there's no final decision whether to offer them... yet.

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Pininfarina is moving to two wheels with its latest creation, the De Rosa SK Pininfarina racing bicycle. It's made almost entirely from carbon fiber and is wind-tunnel tested to reduce drag.

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Ford and Dow Chemical will work together to speed up carbon-fiber research and manufacturing capabilities.

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We catch up with Ford design vice president Moray Callum to get the scoop on the interior of the upcoming GT supercar.

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Ford has given Canadian firm Multimatic the nod to build the carbon fiber body on the new Ford GT, "because they have specialized equipment for carbon fiber production and expertise in carbon fiber assembly." Multimatic Motorsports had worked on the Mustang FR500C race car and the current Boss 302R.

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Carbon fiber has been utilized for decades to build racecars, as a means to cut weight while maintaining strength. But until recently, the space-age material has been largely absent from the street on anything but supercars because of the expense to use it. Recently, BMW signaled a major shift in that trend when it starting using carbon fiber reinforced plastic panels on the i3 and i8. This relatively small scale start might be just the beginning; the German company believes that a breakthrough

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H2 Tanks Will Likely Need To Be Inspected Every Few Years

Turns out, Toyota had a surprising ace in the hole when it came to building the new fuel tanks for the FCV hydrogen fuel cell car, which is coming next year. Well before Toyota became the Toyota Motor Company, it was the Toyota Industries Corporation and it made textile looms. This is important because the main structure of the hydrogen tank is wound carbon fiber. When Toyota set out to increase the strength of the tanks to hold hydrogen stored at 10,000 psi (up from 5,000 in the previous tanks)

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Jay Leno's Garage usually focuses on looking at cars new and old, speaking to their owners and then Jay taking a drive to see what he thinks. However, Leno throws his usual shtick to the curb this week to do a full product test of the carbon fiber wheels from a company called Carbon Revolution. If you're not interested in hearing about wheels for 18 minutes, don't worry. They get mounted on a Porsche and are tested back-to-back with stock wheels, and Leno takes the 911 for a track test, too.

Two Wheels

Bicycling is a great, environmentally friendly way to get around town, but, let's face it, sometimes pedaling sucks. E-bikes are a wonderful compromise, especially for those uphill climbs, offering a bit of electronic assistance when you need it. Combine that with smart technology, a rear-view camera and gears that shift on their own, and you've got quite the two-wheel package. Build that all onto a sexy carbon fiber frame, and suddenly that four-wheeled hunk of metal sitting in your driveway se