From F1 track to elite hatchback: the carbon fibre revolution

When it comes to performance car design, weight is everything. The heavier the vehicle, the slower the speed, the more fuel it consumes. Carbon fibre is lighter than aluminium but stronger than steel, making it potentially faster and more fuel efficient. The material’s chief drawback is that it can be expensive to make. In F1, the carbon fibre is moulded by hand, an extremely labour intensive process. Now the race is on to industrialise the process for the mass market.This is where Patrick Hessel, founder and chief executive of Slovak firm c2i, comes in.

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