Car­bon Fiber—ev­ery­where

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Car­bon fiber is used through­out the As­ton­doa 110 Cen­tury for struc­tural needs, such as the sky lounge and pi­lot­house soles, and as a dé­cor fea­ture (helm con­sole, cock­pit trim). The ma­te­rial brings three ben­e­fits: light weight, strength and stiff­ness. These prop­er­ties are what en­cour­aged Boe­ing to use car­bon fiber to build the Boe­ing 787 Dream­liner, cre­at­ing the fuse­lage and tail with it. When McLaren built the first car­bon fiber For­mula 1 car, it made the com­pe­ti­tion ob­so­lete. To­day’s As­ton Martin One-77 ($1.85 mil­lion) is all car­bon fiber, and the Lam­borgh­ini Ve­neno ($3.9 mil­lion) has a car­bon fiber trans­mis­sion ca­pa­ble of with­stand­ing speeds of 220 miles per hour. Even sail­boats have ben­e­fited from car­bon fiber, with the Amer­ica’s Cup cata­ma­rans hav­ing car­bon fiber hulls and masts. A down­side to car­bon fiber? It is hugely more ex­pen­sive than or­di­nary fiber­glass, but that doesn’t stop builders like As­ton­doa from us­ing the glossy black fiber to cre­ate a “cool fac­tor” that is price­less.

LOA: 109ft. 11in. (33.5m) BEAM: 23ft. 3in. (7.03m) DRAFT: 5ft. 11in. (1.8m) DIS­PLACE­MENT (full load): CON­STRUC­TION:

The sa­lon is serene and el­e­gant, with com­fort­able couches and ot­tomans cov­ered by cof­fee ta­bles. be­low: The pi­lot­house is sheathed in car­bon fiber from the dash­board to the sole. op­po­site at top: The spi­ral stair­case is a work of art, with in­ner il­lu­mi­nat

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