Ford GT to Use Lighter, Stronger Gorilla Glass Hybrid for Windshields
With a little more than two weeks left in the year, it’s probably safe to say that the Ford GT supercar is the most exciting car revealed in all of 2015. Not only is it gorgeous and dynamic and all of the other various buzz-adjectives one could possibly say about a car of this magnitude, but it’s also one of the most advanced in terms of its implementation of aluminum and carbon fiber materials.
Now, Ford has confirmed that the 2017 GT will also have the most advanced windshield possible thanks to the use of Corning® Gorilla® Glass® hybrid. Not only is the GT’s Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield tougher and more resistant than standard windshield glass, but it’s also about 30% lighter than traditional glass. Gorilla Glass hybrid will be used on both the windshield and the engine cover.
Watch: Development of Gorilla Glass hybrid windshields
“Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president, Global Purchasing. “Ford GT is setting new standards for innovation through performance and light-weighting, and we’re excited about exploring other applications for this great new technology.”
Gorilla Glass hybrid uses a tri-layer construction, including a pane of toughened automotive-grade formed hybrid as the inner layer, a noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer in the center center, and an annealed glass as the outer layer. This makes the GT’s windshield more durable and lighter than the typical windshield, aiding fuel efficiency, braking, and acceleration.