The 2017 Ford GT is one of those supercars that have quickly managed to grab a lot of attention, given the fact that it is termed to be one of “Ford’s most exclusive vehicles ever”, amongst other eye-catching offerings. To push up the car’s exclusivity and significantly upgrade its performance, Ford has teamed up with Corning to develop a special Gorilla Glass for the car. While we’ve heard of hand-held digital devices using the Gorilla Glass, this is the first time a mass-production vehicle will make use of Corning’s baby. The special Gorilla Glass developed for the car is a thin hybrid glass laminate that will be used for the windshield, rear engine cover and bulkhead.
From what we’ve heard, this glass is 30% lighter than the conventional automotive grade glass and will help the Ford GT shed 12 pounds. Apart from that, this glass is also tougher and more durable than conventional glass. To prove this, the folks at Ford used a canon with a 1.75-inch hail ball and fired it all into a piece of Gorilla Glass at 55mph. unlike conventional class, the Gorilla Glass did not blow apart, promising a shatter-proof performance. “The Ford GT will set new standards for innovation through performance and light-weighting, and we’re excited about exploring other applications for this great new technology,” said Hau Thai-Tang, group vice president, Global Purchasing, Ford Motor Company, in a press release from Corning.
[ Via : Autoblog ]