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: