NASCAR Automotive Technology Series: Carbon Fiber

NASCAR Automotive Technology Series: Carbon Fiber


throughout history a damaged stock car has required beating and hammering carbon fiber has evolved away at generation six cars repaired carbon fiber is is just that it’s actual fibers of carbon woven together carbon strands are extremely extremely thin strands of almost pure carbon looks like a you know piece of cloth and you pour resin a plastic resin in it and then you put it to an oven and it wants a cartons back up it forms a completely strong lightweight material that can replace steel or aluminum in a durability comparison of Sprint Cup deck legs the carbon fiber withstands the sledgehammer impact better than last year’s sheet metal the decklid is a carbon fiber the hood is park carbon fiber part Kevlar it’s a integrated mix of the two materials which makes a little more durable Kevlar is the same material used in police bulletproof vests high-temperature gloves cut resistant gloves it reduced the the weight of the deck load component by 50% compared to the deck lid raised on the previous generation car where always as racers want the lightest part on the car we can for instance you take a piece three pounds off the roof of the car and put a piece of carbon there that weighs you know a third of the weight and put that three pounds down on the left side frame rail at speed through the first nine races the carbon fiber elements have been put to the test on many occasions we’ve seen very positive performance of the carbon-fiber decklid and hoods during wrecks they’re more robust more resilient pros and cons when it comes to the carbon-fiber things fit nice but when you damage them it could be more difficult to repair carbon fiber by itself will splinter it’ll just crack and break apart in a wreck situation it will not be usable it will break and you won’t be able to bend it back like a steel part in the past we’ve been able to take a hammer and knock some things out Remo reshapes and things on the car this year you’re gonna see a lot of heart replacement because the trunks and the hood are gonna have to be just about replaced every time the benefits of carbon fiber in NASCAR are known the future of the material is endless well keep studying how it works on bigger components that are more susceptible to impact if we can expand it to other areas going forward you


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