Corning’s Gorilla Glass, which has proven to be a popular technology in the smartphone market, has found its first application in the automotive world.
The glass manufacturer has teamed up with Ford to feature the product in the new Ford GT, a mid-engine two-seater super car. Gorilla Glass, which is known for its scratch and impact resistance, will allow Ford to reduce the amount of glass used in the vehicle by about 30%, which equates to about 12 pounds in weight savings.
The Gorilla Glass will be used as part of three layers in the windshield: an exterior layer of traditional automotive glass, a special acoustic layer in the middle, and an interior layer of Gorilla Glass. This same combination of materials will be used for the rear engine cover as well, but the cabin divider (which separates the passengers from the engine) will be composed entirely of Gorilla Glass.
Ford has ensured that the use of this new material will not affect glare or visibility, and while the strength of Gorilla Glass is superior to that of regular automotive glass, it will not impact any emergency rescue efforts in the event of collisions.
Ford has yet to indicate whether or not the use of Gorilla Glass will lead to an increase in the GT’s price, but at-present the technology is not intended to be used for any other vehicle in the Ford lineup.
Source: Automobile Magazine