Ferarri CEO: Not so fast for carbon fiber

Ferarri CEO Amedeo Felisa says the company does not intend to switch to full carbon fiber composites in its cars, saying that the material lacks the mechanical characteristics that it seeks.

Automotive website i Motor Times reported on Aug. 20 during the past weekend's Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance that Ferrari CEO Amedeo Felisa announced, during the North American uveiling of the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, that Ferrari does not intend to switch to full carbon fiber structures. According to the report,  Felisa says carbon fiber technology won't be where the automaker needs it until 2020.

The report says Felisa believes that the current resins used in carbon fiber composites are still too heavy and lack the mechanical characteristics that Ferrari looks for in its vehicles. As for the F12 Berlinetta, a dozen different forms of aluminum have been used in the supercar's chassis and body. The result is a structure that's lighter and stiffer than its predecessor, the 599.

The F12 Berlinetta's engine delivers 730 hp from a 6.3-liter naturally aspirated V12. It accelerates from 0 ­to ­62 mph (­100 kmh) in 3.1 seconds.

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