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.
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.