Carbon fiber is a material that has taken a while to come to the fore in the car industry, yet it has been used by airlines since the nineties. Carbon fiber is made from extremely small strands of pure carbon, but to give it additional strength it is usually combined with plastic resin and molded into the shape of the final product. The benefits of carbon fiber over normal materials is its strength to weight ratio, the parts are very lightweight and yet extremely strong, and this helps lighten the vehicle and that in turn increases fuel efficiency.
With the car industry now using this material more and more it was only a matter of time before Mercedes Benz use of carbon fiber appeared, and as well as the manufacturer having it in development many third parties have brought out numerous parts for those who like to personalize their Mercedes.
Mercedes Third Party Products
Customization plays a big part in the auto industry with a huge sum spent on it every year, in fact some people spend more on these extras than they did on the car, and so it is no surprise to see that hundreds of parts are available.
With the sleek look of this material car owners are installing it both inside and out of the vehicle, and they are all designed to blend in with the Mercedes Benz making the vehicle look even more stylish. If you want to add class and elegance to the inside of your Mercedes then the options are numerous including:
-Ventilation covers -Dashboard cover -Steering wheel -Instrument Panel -Armrest covers -Ashtray cover -Console cover
For the outside the options are also plentiful: -Wheel hubs -Bonnet -Diffuser -Spoiler
As you can see there are a lot of options available to make the car 100% unique.
Mercedes Benz Planned Use Of Carbon Fiber
As with many other manufactures in the car market Mercedes is now starting to use this wonder material along with other top-end companies like Lamborghini and BMW, and a lot of money is being spent on research and development these days. It is strange now that the car industry has now over taken the airline industry in the use of carbon fiber, although it did take them a long time to catch up, the usage of this material is now increasing around 10% a year.
News abounds about which parts and vehicles will be using carbon fiber in the future, but the one that looks most likely is the E-Class. It is reported that a number of body parts are being replaced with carbon fiber that is expected to cut just over 750 pounds from the vehicles weight, this is a lot and will certainly improve fuel efficiency quite dramatically. They are even considering making use of the saved weight by launching a hybrid gas and electric model.
The new version of the E-Class is expected to launch in 2015, and with carbon fiber being used more and more in the industry it shouldn’t be that long before all models include it in one way or another.
Ronald Billy is an automotive enthusiast. He loves european cars. He writes about car modification on his blog and he works part-time at Vorsteiner , a European Car Modification Studio in Irvine, California. Visit: vorsteiner.com/mercedes/