McLaren places massive order of carbon monocoques for the the MP4-12C
Despite its gaudy price tag, we can’t say that the McLaren MP4-12C doesn’t come with some pretty high-end materials, one of which, as a matter of fact, are carbon monocoques.
We’ve just learned that McLaren has placed a massive order of carbon monocoques, which the company says, will be used for their new flagship supercar. The order was placed to Carbo Tech, a Salzburg-based company that specializes in producing the said lightweight material that is most commonly-used in aircrafts.
McLaren’s order - the overall price tag is believed to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 150 million euro or about $182.4 million - will also be a big boon for Carbo Tech. Because of the order, and the overall increase in demand for carbon monocoques, Carbo Tech will be opening a new factory in Salzburg and is also expected to ramp up on their manpower to be able to keep up with the increase of interest for the product.
For it’s part, McLaren will begin using carbon monocoques simply because, at a weight of only 80 kilograms, it’s light enough to reduce CO2 emissions while meeting current crash test legislations at the same time. In a statement, the Woking-based automaker said, "Carbon monocoques are particularly light and thus reduce the CO2 emissions of the vehicles while at the same time offering improved strength, structural rigidity and engineering predictability, resulting in better driving dynamics."
By the same token, Carbo Tech is excited about the prospect of supplying their top-grade product to such a distinctive and high-profile brand like McLaren. "The deal with McLaren will allow us to rapidly develop these unique monocoques," said Karl Wagner, Carbo Tech’s CEO. "Over time, we are expecting to develop the technology to build monocoques that are significantly reduced in cost over similar structures previously manufactured."
Source: Autocar UK