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Ford to use Gorilla Glass in GT sports car

ABR Staff Writer Published 18 December 2015

Ford is following the footsteps of BMW by using Corning Gorilla Glass in its Ford GT vehicle which is expected to reduce the weight of the car by 12 pounds.

The automaker along with the glass maker Corning has developed the hybrid window that will be used on both the windshield and rear engine cover.

The glass is expected to help the vehicle achieve better handling, improved fuel efficiency and reduced risk of glass damage.

The Glass is already used in some of the high end smartphones because the material is tough, durable, and scratch-resistant.

Unlike traditional laminated windshield glass, the new hybrid glass will have multiple layers which include a pane of toughened automotive-grade formed hybrid, that acts as the strengthened inner layer, an advanced noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer, and an annealed glass serves as the outer layer.

Ford highlighted that the Gorilla Glass hybrid window laminate is around 25-50% thinner, and has equal to, or greater strength than traditional laminate.

Ford body exteriors engineer Paul Linden said: "During development, we tried different glass variations before we found a combination that provided both weight savings and the durability needed for exterior automotive glass.

"We learned, somewhat counterintuitively, that the strengthened interior layer of the windshield is key to the success of the hybrid window."