The Geneva Auto Show in March and New York Auto Show in April showcased stunning new su- percars and concepts like the Infiniti Emerg-E. However, the dearth of American supercars made Compos- ites Manufacturing reflect on the top American composite supercars and how they impacted the industry. So, here’s our list, in chronological order of the most composite-influenced American supercars of all time.
Chevrolet Corvette (1953-present)
The first Chevrolet Corvette de- buted at the 1953 General Motors (GM) Motorama show. The Corvette was not the first car to implement a fiberglass body but it was the first to mass produce fiberglass panels for automotive purposes. In order to do that, GM invited Robert Morrison from Molded Fiber Glass Corpora- tion (MFG), Ashtabula, Ohio, to help produce 300 Corvette bodies. With the help of supplier Owens Corning, To- ledo, Ohio, the team manufactured the fiberglass bodies for the first generation Corvette.
2013 marks the 60th anniversary of the Corvette. To celebrate, GM un- veiled the 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collectors’ Edition, which according to the company will be one of the fastest convertibles in the world. It uses composite body panels, raised hood, fenders, floor panels and optional front splitter and rocker panels to bring the weight down to 3,355 pounds.
DeLorean Electric Vehicle (1981-1982 and 2013)
Great Scott, the DeLorean is back! That’s right, this aluminum pop- culture icon was originally manu- factured in North Ireland, but this American composite remake is creating a huge splash in the indus- try. DeLorean Motor Car (DMC) claims the change from aluminum to composites is to ensure that the DeLorean stays “ahead of its time” just like the original design – well, at least in the second Back to the Future movie.