carbon fiber


Definition of carbon fiber 

: a very strong lightweight synthetic fiber made especially by carbonizing acrylic fiber at high temperatures also : a material made from such fibers embedded in a resinous matrix a high-performance automobile with a carbon fiber body

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The automaker used a lighter construction of carbon fiber and removed unnecessary items (for a track car) like the heater and infotainment screens found in the road car version of the Valkyrie to save on weight. Kirsten Korosec, Fortune, "Meet the Valkyrie AMR Pro, an Exclusive Supercar from Aston Martin That's Built For the Track," 2 Mar. 2018 At 25 pounds, of which 10 pounds is a slab of lead, and also formed of carbon fiber and polyester, the board is heavy, its forward third flexible, with a narrow PVC spine for shock absorption, and two parallel foot straps. Paul Theroux, Smithsonian, "The Epic Quest to Ride the World’s Biggest Wave," 27 June 2018 One study found carbon fiber briefs much more effective than a pad or a cushion for removing the odor from farts. Erin Levi, Good Housekeeping, "8 Healthy Uses For Activated Charcoal (And 3 You Can Skip)," 25 Mar. 2017 Weight: The lightest boards are usually built with carbon fiber and foam. Dylan Silver, Outside Online, "The Best Stand-Up Paddleboards of 2018," 5 July 2018 The advanced jetliner reduces fuel consumption due to its modern engines and extensive use of lightweight carbon fiber. Justin Bachman,, "JetBlue founder looks to start new low-cost U.S. airline, reports say," 18 June 2018 The center console is trimmed with lots of carbon fiber. Eric Bangeman, Ars Technica, "Classic Maserati with a pinch of Chrysler: The Levante S GranSport, reviewed," 8 June 2018 One of the leading ordering strategies is replacing aluminum panels and pieces with carbon fiber to make your car even lighter, faster and, of course, more expensive. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "212-mph, $331K 2018 McLaren 720S rewrites the book on supercar style," 25 Apr. 2018 The suspension components are made from carbon fiber, and the car has an even lighter exhaust system than its road-legal sibling. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "Aston Martin and Red Bull Play Top Trumps with Valkyrie AMR Pro," 6 Mar. 2018

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1960, in the meaning defined above

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