NASCAR demonstrate benefits of composites

Composites World magazine has published an article on The evolution of composites in NASCAR by Scott Francis on the 25 March 2020.

In the article, Scott writes that:

"Lightweighting and improving a car’s speed go hand-in-hand, so naturally NASCAR vehicles have used composites for their inherent light weight, strength and stiffness for decades. A carbon fiber part manufactured at the same thickness as a steel part offers four times the strength at one third the weight...

"Tremendous heat is generated in brakes during racing, and under the hood temperatures can reach 300-400ºF. Carbon fiber’s heat-resistant qualities can help reduce fatigue on engine parts...

"The car’s hood and rear deck lid are made of carbon fiber with Kevlar incorporated to decrease splintering and shattering in the event of a crash..."

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