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Toray will start supplying Toyota and Fuji Heavy with carbon fiber

Later this year, Toray Industries Inc. will begin supplying Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) and Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. (FHI) with carbon fiber for car bodies. This marks the first time that carbon fiber will be used for auto bodies mass-produced in Japan.

Reports indicate that Toyota will use carbon fiber for the hood and roof of the Lexus LFA, a luxury sports car that will start production in December.

Fuji Heavy will offer carbonfiber roofs, which would be an option for its standard-class sports car. Toray’s new production technology has made these new uses of carbon fiber possible because it cuts the costs for dies in half.

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Bmw and SGL Group will build a $100 million carbon fiber manufacturing plant

With the purpose of supplying parts for a new BMW electric vehicle, BMW AG and the SGL Group plan to build a $100 million carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Washington.

This greenfield factory, which will start operating in the third-quarter of 2011, will produce ultra-lightweight carbonfiber reinforced plastics exclusively for BMW's first vehicle under a new sub-brand. 

BMW has named this project as the "megacity" vehicle, which will be electric-powered and is set to arrive before 2015. There actually isn't much information out there about this project.

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Bmw sees wider applications for carbon fiber

We will soon be seeing more carbonfiber in BMW vehicles as the carmaker sees broader applications for this extremely strong but lightweight material. BMW announced that carbonfiber will be used more extensively in the forthcoming Megacity electric vehicle.

But according to an interview with global sales head Ian Robertson at the Beijing motor show, BMW plans to be the first carmaker to "take carbon fiber to effectively high volume." 

Robertson cited that with the many uses for carbonfiber outside of the electric car project, better economies of scale could be generated by the venture. In fact, BMW and its partner, SGL Group, intended to construct a $100 million carbon fiber manufacturing plant that would supply parts of the new electric car.

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Bmw betting on carbon fiber used in Formula 1

In BMW AG's battery-powered city car, the same lightweight material used to protect Formula One drivers will be used for the passenger-safety cell. BMW regards this fabric to be used on the small electric vehicle to be the auto industry's biggest bet so far on carbon fiber.

Klaus Draeger, BMW's development chief, said that combining carbon fiber and aluminum will offset up to 772 pounds of added weight from battery and electronic components. Christoph Stuermer, an analyst at IHS Automotive in Frankfurt, said that the economics is balanced on a "razor blade." 

He said that this method of using lots of carbon fiber and breaking them into smaller pieces could be the "magic trick" to cut costs and make the frame only twice as expensive as aluminum.

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The Carbon Concept, another version of the Evora, is featured at the Lotus booth at the Geneva Motor Show. This concept car was created to "emphasize Lotus" motorsport pedigree." With that in mind, only exterior modifications have been done on this car.

The engine remains untouched. The car is painted white and is finished in advanced water based pearlescent paint, contrasting with the carbon fiber panels.

Carbon is used on the roof as well as on the Lotus Motorsport inspired diffuser and splitter. The car rides on 9-inch alloy wheels front and rear, wrapped with Pirelli P-Zero Corsa tires (235/35 wide front and 285/30 wide rear).

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