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10 cars with carbon bodywork: light, fast, and very expensive

Every time a manufacturer announces a new super sports car, everyone looks at the horsepower figures first. But what makes a good super sports car? Apart from performance, of course, good aerodynamics, a cornering chassis, but a very important factor is also weight. Making a modern car light is anything but light. And it costs money. They say that losing a kilo costs more than increasing the power by one horsepower. One possibility is to use carbon. In this list we have put together some sports cars where this expensive but also very light material is used for the bodywork. We have concentrated on ten models, leaving out some cars that use carbon only for some parts, such as the Lancia Delta Futurista, the Ford GT or the Mercedes

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro

As the data of the normal Aston Martin Valkyrie are not yet known, we are using the most radical version of the British super sports car: the Valkyrie AMR Pro. In collaboration with the Formula 1 team of Red Bull Racing, carbon was used for the body, but also for the chassis. This made it possible to reduce the weight to 1,000 kilos ... with 1,145 horsepower.

Hennessey Venom F5

If you don't know the Hennessey Venom F5, be careful admitting it, because this American super sports car is supposed to be the fastest car in the world. To achieve this, it has a 7.4-litre biturbo V8 under the bonnet that develops no less than 1,622 hp and 1,762 Newton metres of torque. It also has a lightweight carbon body. It is expected to reach 480 km/h.

Italdesign Zerouno Duerta

As with the "normal" Zerouno, Italdesign relies on carbon for the Duerta, both for the body and the hardtop. Underneath the shell is the technology of the Audi R8 5.2 V10 with 610 hp, four-wheel drive and dual clutch transmission. With a weight of only 1,300 kilograms, it achieves over 320 km/h and accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds.

Koenigsegg Agera RS

This Swedish super sports car is something special: The body is made of carbon and Kevlar. This is a perfect complement to the 5.0-litre V8 with two turbochargers and 1,360 bhp. The Agera RS holds the speed record for sports cars at 457.5 km/h.

Lexus LFA

The Lexus LFA was only built until 2012. This should not prevent us from remembering him and his carbon fibre bodywork. Sixty-five per cent of it should be made of carbon, which saved about 100 kilos and increased the stiffness of the whole.

McLaren Senna

Even the normal McLaren Senna is made almost entirely of carbon. But this becomes really clear only with the special model "Carbon Theme". Here a transparent finish lets the carbon structure shine through. As with the normal Senna, a biturbo V8 with 800 HP provides the propulsion, the weight is only 1,198 kilograms. The 500 units of this limited edition model have already been sold.

McLaren Speedtail

The latest development from the McLaren Ultimate Series is the Speedtail. The car combines a carbon body with a particularly aerodynamic shape and a 1,050 hp engine. So it is no wonder that the driving performance is spectacular: 403 km/h top speed and acceleration from 0 to 300 km/h in 12.8 seconds.

Singer DLS

When companies like Singer and Williams work together, nothing really bad can come out. As the DLS (Dynamics and Lightweighting Study) shows. The car has a boxer-suction gasoline engine, 4.0 liters capacity and 500 hp power. The carbon body reduces the weight of the car to only 989 kilos.

W Motors Fenyr Supersport

If you're a super sports car like the W Motors Fenyr Supersport and your Ruf engine only delivers 900 horsepower, you have another trump card to play. For example, a weight of only 1,200 kilos, made possible by a carbon body. So it is not surprising that the Wa

Zenvo TSR-S 

The Danish super sports car was on show at the last Geneva Motor Show, with a body made of carbon and other composite materials that reduced the total weight to 1,495 kilos.  Another important aspect is the V8 with two compressors and 1,194 hp.  The bolide accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds. 

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