After unveiling the Ford GT Concept, fans can`t wait for the official launch of the production version. Expected to be introduced next year, the new Ford GT will feature many new technologies, never found on the car market.
On of these technologies is the Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windscreen – a more durable, scratch-resistant window that is about 30 per cent lighter than traditional glass.
Developed by Ford and Corning, the window will be used on both the windscreen and rear engine cover of the Ford GT, contributing to enhanced vehicle handling, improved fuel efficiency and reduced risk of glass damage.
The new hybrid glass uses a multilayer approach – a pane of toughened automotive-grade formed hybrid acts as the strengthened inner layer, an advanced noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer is in the centre, with toughened glass as the outer layer. The result is a windshield and rear engine cover approximately 32 per cent lighter than competitive vehicles.
The new Gorilla Glass hybrid window laminate is approximately 25 per cent to 50 per cent thinner, and has equal to, or greater strength than traditional laminate. Traditional laminate glass ranges from four millimetres to six millimetres in thickness, while Gorilla Glass hybrid window ranges from three to four millimetres.
Corning is a leader in material science that introduced light and durable Gorilla Glass to the consumer electronic market in 2007. Interested in further exploring potential automotive applications, Ford engaged Corning to help research and develop a unique formulation for exterior vehicle glass.