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New Video of the Ford GT Becoming First to Get Gorilla Glass
Have you ever noticed the LOF logo located on the lower corner of an original window or windshield in a vintage Ford product? The LOF logo stands for Libbey-Owens-Ford, but strange as it may seem, the Ford in LOF is not related to the Ford Motor Company. Couple this fact with in Germany, in order for a car to legally travel at high speeds on the Autobahn it must have a TUV speed rated windshield.
And oddly enough, this informative introduction brings us to a really neat video of the new Ford GT supercar becoming the first vehicle to be fitted with Gorilla Glass. What is Gorilla Glass, and where did it come from? No, don’t worry no gorillas were harmed in the creation of Gorilla Glass; it’s entirely a manmade product developed by Ford and Corning Incorporated.
Please allow us to explain. Industry-first Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield technology is a light-weighting innovation set to debut on the all-new Ford GT, saving more than 12 pounds and positively impacting acceleration, fuel economy and braking performance. Inspired by advances in consumer electronics, the three-layer hybrid window consists of Corning Gorilla Glass for automotive, thermoplastic and annealed glass applications. Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield is thinner than traditional laminate glass, and will improve Ford GT handling by lowering the vehicle’s center of gravity.
A traditional automotive laminated windshield consists of two layers of annealed glass sandwiched around a clear, thermoplastic interlayer binding agent. Originally introduced in America by Henry Ford, the technology has been used in the auto industry for nearly a century.
What started as a lightweight concept technology is about to become reality for Ford GT customers when the all-new supercar debuts the Corning Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield – a tough, durable, scratch-resistant window that is about 30 percent lighter than traditional glass.
Developed by Ford and Corning, Gorilla Glass hybrid window will be used on both the windshield and rear engine cover of Ford GT, contributing to enhanced vehicle handling, improved fuel efficiency and reduced risk of glass damage.
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford group vice president, Global Purchasing spoke, “Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business. The Ford GT is setting new standards for innovation through performance and we’re excited about exploring other applications for this great new technology.”
When tasked with developing lightweight and advanced material vehicle applications, the Ford team approached Corning, a recognized leader in materials science that introduced light and durable Gorilla Glass to the consumer electronics market in 2007. Interested in further exploring potential automotive applications, Ford engaged Corning to help research and develop a unique formulation for exterior vehicle glass.
Once the technology was studied for Ford’s supercar concept, the team realized there were real-world applications for the new hybrid glass. A small, dedicated group comprised of purchasing and engineering employees from Ford and Corning fast-tracked the technology toward rapid introduction. Within four months, they were seeking program approval.
“This successful collaboration is one of the reasons we spend R&D resources to develop new innovations and solve tough problems,” said Wendell Weeks, chief executive officer, Corning Incorporated. “Ford recognized the significant value of these innovative light -weighting technology and committed significant resources to quickly get it qualified for production applications. We worked with Ford to develop a glass that successfully withstood thousands of hours of durability testing and is now being used in a Ford production vehicle. We are excited to introduce this game changing technology to the market.”