Technically Speaking: On Composite Cars


MARKHAM, Ontario (April 21st, 2015) – Multimatic is proud to have been a major, albeit behind-the-scenes, partner in a host of premium vehicle unveilings at the world’s foremost auto shows during the first quarter of 2015, and the company’s carbon fibre expertise played key roles in their creation.

Ford led this parade of debuts at January’s North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, when it took the wraps off the jaw-dropping new GT supercar with its carbon fibre chassis tub and body. And when Geneva’s 85th annual International Motor Show opened its doors on March 5th, more examples of Multimatic’s composite-construction prowess shared the spotlight in Aston Martin’s display areas. Aston’s new Vulcan and Vantage GT12 coupes, as well as its previously unveiled Lagonda Taraf ‘super saloon’, benefit to varying degrees from Multimatic’s proven composites know-how.

Incomparable for its combination of strength and light weight – not to mention its ‘cool’ factor – carbon fibre has been an undeniably expensive proposition to date, but Multimatic is hard at work on reining in some of this manufacturing cost, as Multimatic VP of Engineering Larry Holt explains in his ‘Technically Speaking’ column for the April/May issue of Inside Track Motorsport News.