Oxeon AB (Borås, Sweden) reports that its trademarked TeXtreme spread tow fabric has been successfully used for body panels on Formula 1 cars, with weight savings of 25 to 30 percent, says the company. By replacing traditional carbon fiber reinforcements with the spread tow fabric, several Formula 1 teams have been able to produce lighter composite parts because the spread tows result in lighter areal weight fabrics. Test projects are in progress to produce structural parts with the material as well. TeXtreme is available in areal weights starting as low as 76 gsm, and it also can be made from heavy tow (12K and higher) and several types of different carbon fibers, reports Andreas Josefsson, VP of business development at Oxeon AB, who points out that the product can be used in place of traditional fabrics made of 1K, 3K and 6K carbon tows. The company also produces spread-tow unidirectional tapes (TeXero).