Ford presented at the Composites Europe event in Dusseldorf, Germany a carbon fiber reinforced plastic hood for the Focus.

Earlier this week at the Composites Europe event in Dusseldorf, Germany, Ford showcased a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) hood that weighs 50+ percent less in comparison to the regular steel bonnet.

This technology will soon be implemented on the production line and will bring more than just a weight saving advantage as carbon fiber is up to five times stronger than steel and at the same time it is twice as stiff. This technology is one of Ford’s measures for reaching its goal to lower the curb weight of their cars by 340 kg (750 lbs) by 2020.

This refined gap-impregnation process is achieved by introducing resin to pre-formed carbon fiber textile material in a “fast, stable and adaptable manner, with high quality results.” This CFRP hood mounted on the Focus has done well in pedestrian protection head impact tests due to a special foam core installed between two layers of CFRP.

More details are available in the press release below.

Gallery: Ford works on a new carbon fiber technology, could lead to more economical cars