Ford Motor Company’s all-new GT Supercar might as well come with an S emblem on the hood as the Detroit automaker hooks up with Corning Incorporated to give it a nearly ‘impenetrable’ windshield.
Looking for a more ways to reduce the curb weight of the GT, Ford takes inspiration from consumer products that have been using Gorilla Glass in order to come up with a windshield and rear engine cover that will be a ‘tough, durable, scratch-resistant window’ while also being about 30 percent lighter than traditional glass.
Called the Gorilla Glass Hybrid Window, it is co-developed by Ford and Corning in order to work perfectly with the GT. It uses a multilayer approach, with the first being a pane of toughened automotive-grade formed hybrid that acts as the strengthened inner layer, an advanced noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer is in the center, and an annealed glass serves as the outer layer.
The whole product is 32% lighter while being 25-50% thinner, reducing the vehicle’s center of gravity to improve handling, fuel efficiency, braking performance and its toughness reduces the risk of damage.
"Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business. Ford GT is setting new standards for innovation through performance and light-weighting, and we're excited about exploring other applications for this great new technology," said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president, Global Purchasing.
"This successful collaboration is one of the reasons we spend R&D resources to develop new innovations and solve tough problems. Ford recognized the significant value of these innovative light-weighting technologies and committed significant resources to quickly get it qualified for production applications. We worked with Ford to develop a glass that successfully withstood thousands of hours of durability testing and is now being used in a Ford production vehicle. We are excited to introduce this game changing technology to the market," said Wendell Weeks, chief executive officer, Corning Incorporated.