Mercedes SL will be built using carbonfibre-reinforced plastics from 2012
28 April 2010

The Mercedes SL will be built using carbonfibre reinforced plastics from 2012.

Mercedes announced today that it has teamed up with Japanese textile maker Toray Industries to jointly develop carbonfibre car parts. Toray is the world's biggest maker of carbonfibre, and has previously supplied carbon yarn for Ferrari.

See the Mercedes SL spy pics

Toray and Daimler will develop reinforced plastic materials by using the carbonfibre produced at Toray's plant in France.

The deal mirrors BMW's partnership with SGL Automotive Carbon Fibers LLC, based in Moses Lake in the US, with which it is building a plant to produce carbonfibre.

See all the latest Mercedes reviews, news and video

Our Verdict

Mercedes-Benz SL

The Mercedes SL is perhaps the most splendid, single-minded luxury convertible in the world

Join the debate

Comments
9

28 April 2010

I still have an issue with all the Carbon Fibre. simply being, how easy is it to recycle?

28 April 2010

[quote Autocar]The Mercedes SL will be built using carbonfibre reinforced plastics from 2012.

[/quote]

Doubt it. The next SL is pretty well baked-in, signed-off, undergoing final testings etc, due to be launched next year and is making a song and dance over its read-across of some bits and tech base from the SLS AMG, which conspicuously does without lashings of carbon fibre, unlike its predecessor from McLaren. The fruit of this joint venture, Daimler/Toray, will come somewhat later.

28 April 2010

Vidge123

Im sure I have read somewhere that you cant recycle carbon fibre into anything useful so the industry could be creating a huge waste problem.

Dont understand what is wrong with polycarbonate apart from large expansion and contraction . Its cheap light and incredibly tough.

Be interesting to see which path manufacturers follow for weight savings ali chro mo steel or plastics . The aerospace industry would be a good place to get ideas from I suppose.

28 April 2010

Looking forward to the next SL, current model is good but has been out for a very long time now.

28 April 2010

Old Toad, thats rather what i was getting at. unlike steel you cant simply melt Carbon Fibre! Its made using a chemical reaction and is completely useless once its job is done! So all the car industry is doing is making lots and lots of landfill! Great, so it saves 0.002 mpg but its cant be reused, is energy expensive to produce and will not break down for about 5,000 years. but it looks good and stupid people buy cars with it fitted! (dont get me wrong there is a place for it in some cases) Give me a cast iron HUMMER with a 6l V8 its arguably better for the environment!

28 April 2010

[quote J400uk]Looking forward to the next SL, current model is good but has been out for a very long time now.[/quote]

10 years, relatively short for an SL.

28 April 2010

It should come as no surprise that companies such as BMW and MB are looking at using carbon fibre parts. The weight savings will benefit many areas (performance, handling, emissions etc) and the high cost can be justified on their high end cars. In addition, it will enhance their image as leading edge companies.

The good news is that it will eventually trickle down to ordinary cars in due course when volume production brings down costs.

28 April 2010

[quote Vidge 123]I still have an issue with all the Carbon Fibre. simply being, how easy is it to recycle?[/quote]

This might be of interest.

http://www.recycledcarbonfibre.com/

1 March 2013

Fiber optic networks need protection, rerouting and return work. This is especially true for field fibers such as erbium-doped fibers and dispersion compensating fibers.

http://www.naeembrothers.com/Fibercenter.php

 

Add your comment

Log in or register to post comments

Find an Autocar car review

Driven this week

  • Volvo V90
    First Drive
    19 October 2017
    The Volvo V90 is a big estate ploughing its own furrow. We’re about to see if it is refreshing or misguided
  • Kia Stonic
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Handsome entrant into the bulging small crossover market has a strong engine and agile handling, but isn’t as comfortable or complete as rivals
  • Hyundai Kona
    First Drive
    18 October 2017
    Hyundai's funky-looking Kona crossover with a peppy three-cylinder engine makes all the right noises for the car to be a success in a crowded segment
  • Citroën C3 Aircross
    First Drive
    17 October 2017
    The Citroen C3 Aircross has got funky looks and a charming interior, but it's another small SUV, and another dynamic miss. Numb steering is just one thing keeping it from class best
  • Skoda-Karoq 2.0 TDI 4x4
    First Drive
    16 October 2017
    Diesel version of Skoda’s junior SUV is unobtrusive and undemanding, but we’d still go for the silkier petrol version of the Karoq