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Prodrive develops colourful carbon fibre in the UK

April 25, 2013

Performance vehicle development specialist Prodrive has developed a new kind of carbon fibre in the UK. Yep, coloured carbon fibre. The material is expected not only to be a popular new choice for aftermarket tuners, but also upper-premium carmakers.

Prodrive coloured carbon fiber

Specific details on how the new technology is created haven’t been revealed, however, Prodrive says red and green has been successfully produced and other colours are entirely possible as well.

All of the rigidity and strength of usual carbon fibre remains, while the finish reflects a deep colourful fibre. The material is also UV resistant and chip resistant. Ian Handscombe, Prodrive composites manager, recently spoke about the technology, saying,

“We’ve validated the technique with samples in really gorgeous, deep shades of maroon and British racing green under a glass-like lacquer. It’s a substantial step beyond conventional carbon trim finishes, offering something very special for exclusive vehicle options and other luxury products.”

The technology is expected to make its way into upper-market premium factory vehicles in the near future, at least as an optional touch of personalisation. We can imagine Bentley and/or Aston Martin taking it up to provide their customers with a truly unique yet prestigious experience.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.