McLaren/Carbon Fiber

As the industry is in the midst of what can only be described as a “Materials Revolution,” the concentration is mainly on advanced high-strength steel and aluminum, with some making consideration of carbon fiber composites, although this is still an outlier.

As the industry is in the midst of what can only be described as a “Materials Revolution,” the concentration is mainly on advanced high-strength steel and aluminum, with some making consideration of carbon fiber composites, although this is still an outlier.

Except at McLaren Automotive.

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Yes, that’s bona-fide carbon fiber on the McLaren 570S Coupe, which  is being introduced next week

The company first used carbon fiber into a racing chassis in 1981. The car was the McLaren MP4/1. It used the material for the chassis in a production car in 1993.

And it hasn’t built a car—racing or road—without a carbon fiber chassis since.

Next week McLaren will be introducing a new vehicle to its lineup, unveiling it at the New York Auto Show.

It is the 570S Coupe, a two-seat sports car. It is powered by a 562-hp V8. (The nomenclature actually contains that power rating: 570 is the metric horsepower rating.)

Yes, of course, the 570S Coupe has a carbon fiber chassis. And as that image shows, other elements made with the material, as well.