Have you seen the Lamborghini Huracan Performante up close? Did you ever notice how its carbon fiber pieces come out as some sort of marble-like finish? Apparently this is the tell-tale characteristic of a new type of Carbon Fiber. Dubbed ‘Forged Composites’ by Lamborghini, they’ve actually been creating and perfecting this new process of creating carbon fiber as early as 2013. Partnering up with the Callaway Golf Company, this technology was first seen on the Sesto Elemento concept that was released during that year.
The goal for this exercise is to create carbon fiber that has stronger load bearing capacity as well as the ability to mold into more sophisticated shapes. Since then Lamborghini have incorporated this tech onto their production vehicles – with the Huracan Performante being the latest to sport a healthy amount of the stuff. Now, however, it looks like this technology has trickled down even further, deep into the hands of the Japanese aftermarket.
Yes folks, it looks like we’re seeing a new trend in bodywork on the rise. Throughout the show floor of this year’s Tokyo Auto Salon we saw several vehicles already sporting this new material. Forged Carbon Fiber looks to be the latest venture for a fair number of reputable body shops, and it appears they’ve got the capital to spend on such exotic material with all the demo cars displayed.
One of the aftermarket shops at the forefront of this would be Varis. Known for their support with various Time Attack efforts, they know a thing or two about making proper aero. Now armed with Forged Carbon Fiber, they’ve taken this material towards their high-end ‘Magnum Opus’ line of kits. Cars like their 2017 Nissan GTR and Lexus LC500 demo cars are now adorned with various pieces from the Magnum Opus line made in Forged Carbon - meaning these pieces are up for grabs for the discerning GTR and/or LC500 owners.
A Nissan GTR from the Brixton Forged booth is also sporting a Forged Carbon widebody – this time modeled off the Pandem kit of the R35. According to a friend of ours, the owner spent a cool JPY 8 Million (around close to Php 4 Million) to make the whole kit into Forged Carbon. Talk about doubling the car’s value. It looks as if this process is still a rather expensive one, but only time will tell if costs can be driven lower in the long run.
Considering its supposedly better flexibility versus standard dry carbon, we can expect more intricate pieces to be crafted as the aftermarket learns to work with this material, for now though these pieces currently available from the aftermarket appear to be off to a good start.