Why Carbon Fiber Supercars Like Koenigsegg Are Built From Carbon Fiber
Wednesday, 20 January 2021

The relationship between carbon fiber and supercars did not start today; it dates to the ’80s. Initially few parts of the car were made from carbon fiber parts. Today, we have supercars whose exteriors are completely made from premium carbon fiber sheets. Although the process of making these sheets is incredibly tedious, expensive, and time-consuming, carbon fiber supercars offer high-performance and are worth every penny tagged on them.

Head to head, carbon fiber supercars outperforms the regular steel and aluminium supercars. Here are a few reasons why supercars are made from carbon fiber panels.

The Luxury

Modern carbon fiber cars are audaciously designed to redefine luxury and comfort. Top Car Designers like Anthony Jannarelly create a supercar that underlines the status of the driver and passenger. These are cars with a striking appearance and more eye-catching than the regular supercars. The latest Koenigsegg carbon fiber supercars have glossy carbon fiber appearance which is unique and peculiar to it. This car is an epitome of beauty and excellence with numerous fascinating and striking features. The Koenigsegg Regera for instance features a new system called ‘Autoskin’. This technology is the first in the industry, you can completely close all the body with the push of a button. This complete robotizing of the Regera adds a certain appeal of class and luxury in this carbon fiber supercar. In addition to this robot-effect, the wing mirrors and other openings are equipped with proximity sensors. These sensors protect the doors against objects while closing and opening. Interestingly, the hydraulic for the ‘Autoskin’ and proximity sensors adds a mere 5kg to the total weight which is negligible thanks to the use of carbon fiber parts.
Additionally, supercars are fitted with scissors doors. In the automotive industry, this door are prone challenges such as opening too high and sometimes difficult to reach. Latest carbon fiber supercar such as the Koenigsegg features the dihedral synchro-helix door mechanism. This technology allows the door to swing upward and outward simultaneously thereby creating a large opening space. The doors sweep high enough to avoid roofs and wide enough not to impact another parked car. This is only the beginning of the long list of elegance on display in carbon fiber supercars.

The Lightweight

Weight is a major consideration in making highspeed supercars. The lighter the car, the more speed it can achieve. High-performance sports car maker Koenigsegg (KNC) considered this weight factor in their car making process. The Swedish based sports car maker did something remarkable in the recent version of the Regera. The recent Regera has its whole body made from carbon fiber sheets. Remarkably, the carbon fiber Regera weighs 44 pounds less than the regular Regera with a full paint job. It is interesting to know that full-body painting can weigh that much.
More also, German brand carmaker BMW has a high-efficiency vehicle – BMW i3. Made from conventional steel and aluminium, this car weighs roughly 3,306 pounds. But if made from carbon fiber panels, it weighs 2,755 pounds which are about 20 per cent less. Other supercar brands like Mustang and Corvette also have complete carbon fiber cars which weigh far less than the conventional steel and aluminium.
Having achieved weight reduction by using carbon fiber panels for all the body and exterior components, one thing is left – the horsepower. The reduction in weight means more horsepower available for the engine. The power-to-weight ratio of a sports car is crucial for all supercars. A good example is the Koenigsegg Agera RS which weighs 3,075 lb with a massive 1,160 hp V8 engine. The body is made from premium impregnated carbon fiber which offers high lightweight reinforcements. Interestingly, the chassis is also made from carbon fibre with an addition of aluminium honeycomb. The engine also has a carbon fibre inlet manifold and most other parts are aluminium making it weigh only 434 lb (197 kg). This supercar can go from 0 to 100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.8 seconds with a record speed of 277.87mph (447 km/h).
One remarkable thing about carbon fiber supercars is the low centre of gravity. Meaning the cars make sharp bends and corner rapidly without tipping or turning over. Carbon fiber manufacturing companies would be glad they add this much value to supercars users.

The Strength

Undoubtedly, carbon fiber offers better strength and stiffness per density in comparison steel and aluminium. Supercars are highspeed cars which require strong parts that can withstand the high-energy forces which it faces while in use. Supercars made with carbon fiber parts offer an impressive strength-to-weight ratio. They are proven to be 10 times stronger than conventional steel and aluminium cars. The true measure of the strength of a material is the ability of it to resist deformation when it undergoes a pulling force or compression. The woven nature of carbon fiber composites creates a strong bond which is more effective than the chemical bonds in metals. For instance, a carbon-fiber driveshaft is about three times stronger than the regular steel shafts. Additionally, the stiffness of carbon fiber is far higher than steel and aluminium thus reducing the flax of carbon fiber supercars in a corner when in motion. The vehicle’s wheel stay firm to the ground while delivering top speeds. This factor is very important for the safety of the car and the driver also.

Better Texture and Resistant

The process of making carbon fiber panels is quite tedious and laborious. Making of carbon fiber panels from premium prepreg composites is a long and expensive process. After the initial stages of epoxy and autoclave processing, every single panel is polished and sanded by hand. KNC ensures every exterior carbon fiber part are finished by hand by experienced professionals with great precision. Nevertheless, the great texture and resistant to scratch makes up for the arduous making process. Carbon fiber supercars have an alluring visible texture very different from the regular paint job. It has a solid feel when touched like a fabric. Additionally, carbon fiber supercars have high resistant to scratch, unlike the conventional paint job. Carbon fiber is stronger than the regular epoxy which makes it more resistant to scratch and chip.
Finally, carbon fiber supercars combine lightweight, great strength, and better texture to deliver superlative speeds and horsepower. Combination of these advantages to make up for the heavy price tag labelled on them. Carbon fiber supercars are not just a luxury, they are built for comfort, longevity, and safety on the road.
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