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Sunday, June 14, 2015

10 Eye-Popping Bare Carbon Fiber Supercars


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It’s no surprise that the use of carbon fiber in cars has exploded. In a world where everybody is constantly trying to get better, faster, stronger all while going lighter, the woven carbon provides a perfect solution (when expense is not an issue). But once the use of the reinforced polymer product became more extensive, eventually becoming the a staple in every high-end supercar, there was a common realization: This stuff looks freakin’ awesome by itself.
Automakers realized that leaving the carbon fiber exposed provided an extremely cool new design method. So small pieces turned into bigger pieces, which expanded throughout the interior. Then entire body panels were made out of the stuff, and now we have carbon fiber wheels and a certain manufacturer is reportedly working on an entire engine block made out of carbon fiber. It’s everywhere, and that’s a beautiful thing. Today, you can find entire exteriors that are left completely naked with exposed carbon fiber for the entire body. These are some of those extremely unique cars.

Donkervoort D8 GTO


This special edition Donk is hot off the press, and it’s the best-looking version of this extremely unique road and track car. Though these bad ass whippersnappers have less than 400 horsepower, an extremely low weight of 1,500 pounds allows this to hit 62 from a stop in 2.8 seconds. About 90 percent of every D8 GTO’s bodywork is 90 percent carbon fiber.

Pagani Huayra Dinastia Limited Edition


You know in high school (and in the rest of life, for some people)
how there are cliques? Remember how you might have been cool in one clique, but if you were going to another clique’s party, you really wanted to make sure you were looking your finest and on your game to show out? That’s kind of what this special edition Pagani is. The Italian automaker was bringing the Huayra to the Chinese market, so it made three special editions in honor of the Nine Dragons Wall in Beijing’s Forbidden City. One is blue carbon, another gold carbon, and the third red carbon.

GTA Spano


This is Spain’s good take on a modern supercar. At 925 horsepower, the V10-powered goul is the country’s fastest production vehicle ever. Underneath, the monocoque is a combination of titanium honeycomb, carbon fiber and kevlar. Only 99 of these suckers made it into the showroom.

Bugatti Veyron Super Sport


Not too long ago, Bugatti sold the 450th and final Bugatti Veyron. Through its decade-long production run, there have been dozens of special editions, many of which showed off the beautiful carbon fiber bodies of the supercar in various hues and colors. This blue SS is one of the finest in all the land.

Koenigsegg Agera R


Two blue carbons in a row? It’s gettin’ weird out here. There are multiple Koenigseggs that have the full-carbon treatment but this Agera R is easily one of the most attractive bare carbons ever built. Just look at that weave. It’s so mesmerizing.

Ferrari Enzo


Bow down to tha gawd. Of the 400 examples of the Ferrari Enzo that were built, this is the only completely carbon model in the world. This wasn’t how Ferrari imagined the car, though. It’s a 100 percent custom that has been completely rebodied.

Lamborghini Sesto Elemento


Now this is not a custom. The Sesto Elemento is a factory-built specialty aimed at crafting something with an extremely superb power-to-weight ratio. It’s no Koenigsegg One:1, but it’s still pretty damn insane. It puts out 570 horsepower and has a curb weight of 2,202 pounds (999 kilograms). That equates to 3.86 pounds per horsepower, which allows it to scoot to 62 from a dead stop in 2.5 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren Mansory Renovatio


The Renovatio was originally a white and gold spectacular from Mansory, but the tuning firm decided to switch it up with a predominantly carbon fiber kit. For some reason, the doors and deck were left white. The car was also tuned to 700 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

Lotus Elise


Every one of these cars on this list are “bare,” but most of them have still been given some sort of UV treatment or clear coat for a nice shiny finish. This custom Elise is completely naked for an awesome raw look. The car lives in Hong Kong and belongs to a man named Jimmy Wong. The custom job was done over a six-month period by TW Autosport.

Lotus Elise Seibon Edition


This is just pretty, plain and simple.

Mercedes-Benz SLS Mansory Cormeum


We leave you with one more Mansory creation, and it’s a doozy. This is the Cormeum (not sure if this is what they were going for, but “cor meum” translates to “my heart” in Latin). Only 15 of these Mercedes-Benz SLS-based monsters were built. It has 731 horsepower from that AMG V8, largely thanks to a high-performance compressor, and the new body lessens weight, and adds specialized aero for more downforce and better cooling.

Photo Credits: European Car, Carbon Fiber GearMercedes Tuning Mag