F-150 owners may not have to worry about getting stone chips in their windshields any longer after Hyperformance and Corning announced a partnership to sell Gorilla Glass windshields for the U.S. market’s best-selling vehicle.
For those that don’t know, Gorilla Glass is used on your smartphone and is much more resistant to chips and scratches than normal glass. The idea is that using the same kind glass for a vehicle’s windshield will make that rock chips that are all too easy to get, whether on- or off-road, in any kind of vehicle, even more so in a pickup that, by its very nature, is meant to be used as a workhorse as well.
CNET notes that the price of a stock F-150 windshield from Ford will set customers back between $400 and $500 excluding installation fees and depending on whether or not the vehicle has automatic rain-sensing wipers. By comparison, the Gorilla Glass F-150 windshield being sold by Hyperformance and Corning costs $900 excluding installation.
That may sound like a lot of money, but if you drive an F-150 on a work site or, say, go off-roading with an F-150 Raptor, it could prove to be a wise investment if you ever need to replace your windscreen.
Ford has a bit of history with Corning’s Gorilla Glass, as the GT supercar actually leaves the Multimatic factory in Canada with a strengthened windshield as standard. FCA’s Mopar also offers a Gorilla Glass windshield for the Jeep Wrangler.