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Magna and Ford developing prototype carbon fiber composite subframe; mass reduction of 34%

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in cooperation with Ford Motor Company, developed a prototype carbon fiber composite subframe which reduces mass by 34% compared to making a stamped steel equivalent. The subframe is a key part of a vehicle’s structure, typically providing a place to attach the engine and wheels while also contributing rigidity and crash management.

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Ford’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels

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To source the new lightweight track-capable carbon fiber wheels that are standard on the new Shelby GT350R Mustang, Ford partnered with Australia-based Carbon Revolution. Carbon Revolution first began delivering composite wheels in 2004 for Formula SAE campaigns.

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Ford puts the pedal down on performance … but not with electric drive technology right now

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At the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit this week, Ford delivered first proof of that focus with the reveal of the new Ford GT carbon-fiber supercar, as well as the new F-150 Raptor based on the new aluminum F-150 and the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Shelby GT350R Mustang. —Raj Nair.

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Ford returning to Le Mans in 2016 with Ford GT

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Ford GT is company’s showcase for aerodynamics and lightweight carbon fiber construction, along with the new twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6. The Ford Performance lineup includes Ford GT, Focus RS, F-150 Raptor, Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R, Focus ST and Fiesta ST.

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Road Test: 2021 Ford Mustang EcoBoost Premium

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High-powered Mustang GT, Mach1 and Shelby GT500 versions are well-known, with the latter model pumping-out 760 pin-you-back-in-your-seat horsepower. The grip was excellent, thanks in a big part to the independent rear suspension that delivered a controlled driving experience. Shelby GT500 $74,095. Good grip from the rear.

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