The use of carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) has a lot of benefits such as the material's strength and light weight. That's why CFRP is used in airplanes, rockets, and even vehicles.
Despite the benefits, you don’t tend to see it on mass-market vehicles, as the material is exclusively reserved for sports cars and high-end models. The main reason? Cost.
Thanks to Nissan, we might soon see carbon fiber on more mass-market models in the future.
The Japanese automaker has announced that they will be able to speed up the production of carbon fiber parts thanks to a breakthrough with a method called Compression Resin Transfer Molding (C-RTM). The molding time that previously took 10 minutes can now be completed in just 2.
Apart from speeding up production, the cost of producing carbon fiber can also be reduced thanks to the use of computer-aided engineering (CAE), specifically mold development time. That means lower costs, allowing CFRP to be used on mass-market vehicles such as Almera and Kicks, not just sports cars like the GT-R and the Fairlady Z.
It’s actually interesting to see how Nissan makes their carbon fiber parts through this new process. If you’re interested, you can watch their new C-RTM method of producing carbon fiber parts in the video above.
The question now is which everyday vehicle should Nissan use CFRP parts on first? Let us know in the comments down below.