Two new carbon fiber-intensive cars shown at New York International Auto Show

Introduced to the North American audience for the first time, the cutting-edge cars from Aston Martin and McLaren Automotive are loaded with carbon fiber.

The New York International Auto Show (April 3-12; New York, NY) features the latest state-of-the-art technology and innovation for the automotive industry, which means plenty of carbon fiber to be found in every direction.  

For instance, at the show, luxury British manufacturer Aston Martin is introducing to the North American audience its Aston Martin Vulcan, an all-carbon fiber supercar producing some 800-plus bhp.

Comprising cutting edge engineering including that sourced from the brand’s GT racing campaign, the car features a carbon fiber monocoque and body constructed by Aston Martin’s long-term specialist body engineering and manufacturing partner Multimatic. It also features an integral limited-slip differential, magnesium torque tube with carbon fiber propeller shaft and Brembo racing calipers acting on carbon ceramic racing disc brakes that measure 380mm in diameter at the front and 360mm at the rear.

McLaren Automotive has unveiled its McLaren 570S, which is part of the company's new Sports Series. It features lightweight construction including a carbon fiber chassis, which is the "heart of the Sports Series," according to the company. While similar to the chassis in the Super Series, the MonoCell II is unique to the Sports Series. It has been newly designed with more of a focus on day-to-day usability, with the narrower front sill, and height reduced by 80mm to offer improved ingress and egress from the cabin. It is strong and stiff yet weighs less than 80kg, according to the company. As part of this development, the front and rear aluminum structures have also been revised, fine tuning load paths into the new carbon structure, accommodating the new anti-roll bar positions, and to reduce complexity and inevitably weight.

The carbon fiber MonoCell II is 25% stiffer than a comparable aluminum chassis, the company stated.