Ford GT To Feature Industry-First Corning Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield Technology

Posted: Dec 16 2015, 6:56am CST | by , Updated: Dec 16 2015, 10:41pm CST, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Ford GT to Feature Industry-First Corning Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield Technology
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  • All-New Ford GT Supercar to industry-first feature Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield technology!

The light-weight and thin laminate glass lowers the Ford vehicle's center of gravity.

Ford just announced the use of the Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield Technology. This is the first time the Gorilla Glass Hybrid Windshield is being used in the automotive industry. The Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield will be used in the upcoming all new Ford GT Supercar.

Gorilla Glass is a light-weight technology glass which saves more than 12 pounds of weight. The innovative glass lowers the overall weight of a vehicle considerably. The loss of extra weight improves the acceleration, fuel economy and braking performance.

The upcoming Supercar Ford GT will benefit from all these qualities. The Gorilla Glass technology offers three-layers of hybrid window glass. The glass is thinner than conventional laminate glasses used for cars. The most valuable property of the glass is lowering the center of gravity of the vehicle.

According to Ford the Gorilla Glass is about 30 percent lighter than traditional glass used in cars. The Gorilla Glass will provide Ford with tough, durable and scratch-resistant windows.

“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.”

The glass was developed by the joint collaboration of Ford with Corning. In Ford, the Gorilla Glass will be applied to both the windshield and rear engine cover. The Gorilla Glass will improve the vehicle handling and fuel efficiency incredibly. In addition the Gorilla Glass also reduced the risk of glass damage.

“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,” said Paul Linden, Ford body exteriors engineer.

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

The Gorilla Glass was developed with a multilayer approach. The pane of the glass is toughened with automotive-grade formed hybrid. The hybrid is embedded in the inner layer of the glass and adds extra strength.

The central layer of the glass consists of a noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer. Annealed glass is used as the outer layer of the Gorilla Glass.

“In addition to the new hybrid technology for the exterior glass of Ford GT, we’re using a unique glass combination for the bulkhead panel between passenger cell and engine bay,” said Linden.

“We’re excited that we can use tailored glass applications to meet specific needs and provide maximum weight savings.”

“This successful collaboration is one of the reasons we spend R&D resources to develop new innovations and solve tough problems,” said Wendell Weeks, chief executive officer, Corning Incorporated.

“Ford recognized the significant value of these innovative light-weighting technology and committed significant resources to quickly get it qualified for production applications. We worked with Ford to develop a glass that successfully withstood thousands of hours of durability testing and is now being used in a Ford production vehicle. We are excited to introduce this game changing technology to the market.”

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