The 2017 Ford GT is set to use an advanced Gorilla Glass windshield, becoming the first car to do so.
Gorilla Glass is produced by Corning and perhaps best known as being used across all manner of smartphones and tablets. Gorilla Glass has proved game changing as it is not only lighter that traditional glass but it is also more durable and resistant to scratches. For the new Ford GT’s windshield, it will be 30 per cent lighter than traditional glass.
Alongside its use for the 700 hp supercar’s windshield, Corning’s tough glass will be used for its rear engine cover.
Gorilla Glass is made up of a toughened pane of automotive-grade formed hybrid acting as the inner layer. Meanwhile, a noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer sits at the centre of the glass while annealed glass then serves as the outer layer. Beyond being stronger than traditional glass, it is also thinner.
According to Ford group vice president of global purchasing, Hau Thai-Tang “Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business. 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.”
Chief executive of Corning Incorporated Wendell Weeks added to this by saying “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.”