The 2017 Ford GT will be the world’s first production vehicle to use Corning Gorilla Glass for its windshield.
Corning Gorilla Glass is most well known for being used in the majority of today’s smartphones and now the company has teamed up with the American automaker to create a hybrid windshield that will save more than 12 pounds on the supercar. Although 12 lbs may not sound like a lot, it will make a difference in the Ford GT’s acceleration, fuel economy and braking performance. The windshield itself is a three-layer hybrid window consisting of Corning Gorilla Glass for automotive, thermoplastic and annealed glass applications.
Thinner than traditional laminate glass, the Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield will also help improve the Ford GT’s handling by lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity.
Overall, the tough, durable and scratch-resistant windshield is about 30 percent lighter than traditional glass. Ford hopes that one day it will be able to use the technology across its entire model range.
Recently, Rinspeed revealed its Etos concept, which also uses Gorilla Glass for its roof and drone landing pad.
“Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president, Global Purchasing. “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.”
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