Ford has been taking up the challenge of lightweighting with the help of adhesives. Apart from using composites bonded with adhesives, it will become the first automotive manufacturer to make use of yet another technology made possible by adhesives: a Gorilla Glass hybrid.
This toughened glass from Corning is used on smart phones and tablets and is both stronger and lighter than ordinary glass. The variant that will be used as a windshield and engine cover for the new Ford GT consists of thin layers of soda lime glass with a crystal clear plastic adhesive sandwiched in between the layers. According to Ford, the Gorilla Glass hybrid will shave 12 pounds off the weight of the supercar, is 30% lighter than laminated glass and 25 – 50% thinner.
The new Ford GT will be released in 2017, and Ford is considering rolling out the lightweighting advantage to other models in its range.