The Carbon Fiber vs Fiberglass Debate – Worth the Extra Money?
In racing, there are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a car. Sure, ...
In racing, there are a lot of factors to consider when putting together a car. Sure, you wanted to be as light as possible but you don’t want the lightness to come at the expense of your structural integrity or other areas of necessary efficiency such as aerodynamics. Therefore, when you’re on the top of your game, in most situations, your choices for an aftermarket application will be narrowed down to just a couple of choices material wise, sometimes with a major price discrepancy between them.
In turn, when you have these different materials to pick from, all of which share certain characteristics, how do you go about picking one that gives you the best edge come race day because sometimes, racing gets so close that every last minute detail, no matter how small it seems, can fall into the equation as an important aspect. The savings of as little as 50-100 lbs could be the difference between winning and losing, especially when you consider which portion of the car is losing said weight.
This time, we take a good hard look at the differences between materials in carbon fiber and fiberglass to see how each one really benefits a design in a variety of situations and across multiple axises. Sometimes, it might not be worth going all out and spending all that extra money for a marginal gain but that’s the tough call that you’re going to have to make!
Check out the video down below that takes you inside of these materials and tells you what they’re all about and maybe you’ll be able to get a better understanding of which one could potentially be the perfect fit for your situation. When it comes down to selecting things like this, it’s really important to have an in-depth knowledge of the matter.
Tim explains the main differences between fiberglass and carbon fiber bodies and components.
Posted by Tim McAmis Performance Parts on Tuesday, October 23, 2018