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Published: 6/1/2011

Thermoplastic composites: Sustainable transport
Cyclic PBT oligomers used to mold Class 8 semitrailer bed via vacuum-bag processing.

Published: 1/31/2011

Low-volume thermoplastics: Differential pressure molding
Cost-effective tooling and presses enable semi-automated prototyping and low-volume production of thermoplastic composites.

Published: 8/31/2010

F1-inspired MonoCell: Racing safety for the road
Resin transfer molding makes CFRP passenger cell mass-producible for new model supercar.

Published: 1/13/2010

Gurit CBS for the Aston Martin DBS
Out-of-autoclave process mints Class A carbon composite body panels in one-hour mold cycle.

Published: 7/24/2009

ECO Elise concept: Lean, speedy and green
Focus on use of sustainable materials and cleaner manufacturing processes promises future Lotus customers “almost-guilt-free” performance.

Published: 7/20/2009

Corvette's carbon hood creates shock and awe
North America’s first mass-produced, all-CFRP hood raises the bar for production sports cars.

Published: 6/12/2009

Composite engine valves?
 HPC technical editor Sara Black reports progress on CFRP intake and exhaust valves for race car engines.

Published: 4/19/2009

Composite wing key to high-speed stability
First mass-produced CFRP wing helps supercar achieve downforce and lateral acceleration values superior to many GT racing cars.