Ford GT Not Monkeying Around: Uses New Gorilla Glass Windshield
As if the upcoming Ford GT wasn’t technical enough, Ford has just released that the new supercar will be the first car to use the Corning Gorilla Glass for its windshield. The Gorilla glass hybrid windshield technology essentially allows Ford to reduce the mass of the glass, I swear I didn’t intend that to rhyme, and lower the car’s center of gravity, effectively making the car lighter, handle better, and have improved safety.
According to Hau Tahi-Tang, Ford Group’s VP of Global Purchasing, “Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business. Ford GT is setting new standards for innovation through performance and light-weighting, and we’re excited about exploring other applications for this great new technology.”
The press release states that, “A traditional automotive laminated windshield consists of two layers of annealed glass sandwiched around a clear, thermoplastic interlayer binding agent. Originally introduced in America by Henry Ford, the technology has been used in the auto industry for nearly a century.
The new hybrid glass uses a multilayer approach – a pane of toughened automotive-grade formed hybrid acts as the strengthened inner layer, an advanced noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer is in the center, and an annealed glass serves as the outer layer. The result is a windshield and rear engine cover approximately 32 percent lighter than competitive vehicles.”
The Ford GT keeps getting more interesting as we get closer to its launch. What do you all make of this and can you see Ford installing this technology on every car in the company’s lineup someday?
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