2016 Corvette Z06: Lightweighting for Greater Performance

Prev Next Image A lightweighting strategy—using materials including carbon fiber composites, aluminum, and magnesium—is used for the Corvette Z06, a car that you can do this with—or that you can drive to the store in to pick up a gallon of milk. The Z06 has an LT4 V8 under its composite hood, a small-block engine […]

Carbon Fiber Comes to Performance Wheels

Prev Next Image Ford’s Shelby GT 350R Mustang is a track-oriented version of the street-focused GT 350. As such, it is 130 lb. lighter, of which 60 lb., or 46%, of the weight reduction is due to a switch from aluminum to carbon fiber for the wheels. Because Ford was very aggressive in its adoption […]

Lightweighting a Street-legal Honda Racing Motorcycle

Prev Next Image The RC213V-S is a street-legal version of the championship winning MotoGP racer. It is based on the lightweight approach to construction that the racing motorcycle uses. The RC213V-S is hand-built at a workshop within the Honda Kumamoto Factory. TIG welding is used throughout the bike. Related Topics: Automotive LIghtweighting Automotive Materials Honda […]