Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Carbo Tech has received a 150 million euro order from McLaren Automotive

Carbo Tech has received a 150 million euro order from McLaren Automotive to produce the carbon fibre monocoques for McLaren's new range of sports cars.

Carbo Tech, a racing sport-oriented producer of composite components, will manufacture the McLaren designed carbon chassis (the MonoCell) for series production models of a new generation of McLaren Automotive road cars over the next 8 years. The first Carbo Tech carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) components will form the chassis of the McLaren MP4-12C, the first of McLaren Automotive’s new sports cars.

“Our clear advantage over the competition was our ability to produce large carbon fibre components in series for McLaren’s cars to McLaren’s design," says Karl Wagner, CEO and CTO of Carbo Tech. "Our skill at industrialising what has traditionally been a very labour-intensive process was decisive."

"Working with McLaren Automotive in taking this fundamental engineering step in carbon fibre engineering and production will, we believe, enable carbon technology to establish itself ever more in motor vehicle production," he adds. "Carbon has now achieved the breakthrough into industrial production."

Carbo Tech has also developed an in-house technology that allows it to offer its monocoques at far more economical cost, according to Dr Ernst Wustinger, CFO of Carbo Tech AG.

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