Ford Motor Company has been named to the Detroit Free Press‘ 2016 list of “Automotive Difference Makers,” an annual list which honors the companies and individuals who made the biggest impact on the automotive landscape.
Ford Motor Co. has been named due to its pioneering work with carbon fiber – or more precisely, in attempting to bring the strong, lightweight, ultra-expensive material to attainable mass-market vehicles. To achieve that, Ford a year ago became partners with DowAksa – Dow Chemical’s carbon fiber joint venture with Turkey’s Aksa Akrilik Kimya Sanayii – in the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation.
The Institute is working to decrease the cost and manufacturing difficulties of carbon fiber to bring the material to more affordable automobiles, and is a participant in a new lightweight materials research facility being constructed in Detroit.
The forthcoming Ford GT supercar makes extensive use of carbon fiber, and is serving as sort of a low-volume test bed for the automaker’s research in the field, according to the Detroit Free Press. For that, Ford Motor Company is a 2016 “Automotive Difference Maker” in the eyes of the Free Press.