Mercedes-Benz might have a carbon-fiber body for its McLaren SLR, but it is a long way from using the material in cars with volumes higher than a few hundred units per year. McLaren SLR features carbon-fiber body. The problem is that the carbon fiber industry isn't oriented to the needs of the automotive industry, says Patrick Kim, the Mercedes engineer in charge of composites. "Just looking at past successes and trying to optimize existing solutions does not reveal a clear, ...

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