Towards the latter part of the 19th century, world-renowned inventor Thomas Alba Edison invented incandescent bulbs by using cotton and bamboo that he carbonized. More than 50 years later, high tensile strength carbon fibers were first produced and they were commercially used ten years after. Because of their durability, light weight, and high performance, carbon fibers were used as major components for aircrafts. These aircrafts equipped with bodies made of carbon fiber were able to hold up to extremely high temperatures, thanks to the amazing heat resistance level of carbon fibers.


For three decades beginning in the 1960s, carbon fibers were extensively used for Department of Defense projects. After the fall of the Cold War, there was a minor lull in the applications of carbon fiber use until NASCAR and Formula 1 cars started using them to make cars that are efficient and light.


Since then, race cars and accessories like spoilers, side skirts, and a lot more car add-ons have been manufactured using carbon fiber. More and more car manufacturers are using carbon fiber reinforced plastics or CFRP in many car applications. Combinations of manufacturing enhancements and the use of raw materials have paved the way for carbon fibers to be used on almost every auto part imaginable. Because of their lightweight feature, carbon fibers aid in auto makers goals in creating cars that are more economical when it comes to fuel consumption.



Even high end carmakers such as German giant BMW have gone carbon fiber in their quest to provide cars that are not only durable but fuel-efficient and sleek as well. Their latest i3 electric car is 30% built from carbon fiber materials. As of present, car manufacturers are using a type of carbon fiber that goes beyond the engineering prerequisites that they need which makes the material a bit pricey. However, there is are ongoing experiments focused on creating carbon fiber materials that are less prohibitive in price, inexpensive materials such as lignin and polyethylene plastics.



Presently, there is a scramble for carbon fiber sources and big names such as Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, and Daimler are locked with Toray for carbon fiber supply. Toray, by the way, is the world’s biggest supplier of carbon fiber materials. And can you guess where does Scopione gets their carbon fiber material to make their quality carbon fiber parts, that's right Toray. Toray specializes in industrial products centered around technologies in Organic chemistry, Polymer chemistry, and biochemistry.



Even Lamborghini has pledged to the amplified utilization of carbon fiber in order to reduce their vehicles’ weight. Mercedes has set a 10% reduction on their car weights and they hope to achieve this by using more carbon fiber in many of their car parts.