Unlocking the potential of carbon fibre in the automotive industry

Recently, there's been a lot of news surrounding carbon fibre in the automotive industry. In June, we discussed General Motors plans for carbon fibre wheels and it was announced that Ford's limited-edition 2017 GT '66 features extensive use of carbon fibre. This month, Mercedes revealed a carbon-fibre 'golf car' and it came to light that BMW's 3 Series, that will utilise carbon fibre construction techniques, will feature an all-electric version that will rival Tesla.

However, the most intriguing news to come recently was the news that Lamborghini has opened a new carbon fibre research facility. The Advanced Composite Structures Laboratory (ACSL), is responsible for unlocking new potential in carbon fibre, paving the way for Lamborghini to use breakthroughs that take place at the facility in developing future Lamborghini models. Strategically located in Seattle due to the ACSL's collaboration Boeing, the facility promises to work towards carbon fibre innovations that are beneficial both in automotive and aerospace applications.

At such an exciting time for carbon fibre, we spoke to Jamie Shaw, Technical Specialist Whole Vehicle Sustainability at Jaguar Land Rover to get his view on why using carbon fibre can be beneficial in automotive applications. "My role requires forward thinking and predicting what impact occurs where, across the lifetime of the product. By predicting the impacts you can determine the best, environmentally sustainable material options for a given application. With the right level of weight save, re-use of materials and intelligent energy use, carbon fibre can play a significant role in continuing to improve whole vehicle environmental performance."

This year's GOCarbonFibre conference will examine carbon fibre applications in the automotive industry now and in the future, with presentations from Jamie on 'Less Weight or Light Weight - JLR's Life Cycle Approach' and Anthony Dodworth, a contractor for Bentley Motors, on 'A Platform for Novel Lightweight Automotive Composite Design'.

Representatives from Boeing (Tia Benson Tolle - Director of Advanced Materials) and Airbus Defence and Space (Abbie Hutty - Senior Spacecraft Structures Engineer) will also be speaking at the conference. You can view the full programme at http://www.gocarbonfibre.com/europe/programme

The Early Bird rate is currently in place until Friday 5th August. Make sure you book before this date to save €200 on your 2-day conference ticket. You can book your ticket at http://www.gocarbonfibre.com/price