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% lighter than traditional glass.
Corning, the company famous for making the glass for your smartphone, has teamed up with Ford to produce a new windshield glass for the new Ford GT that promises to be thinner, lighter and tougher than anything that’s gone before. Why, you ask? It’s all about saving weight, and the improved acceleration, enhanced vehicle handling, better fuel economy and braking performance that goes along with it.
“This successful collaboration is one of the reasons we spend R&D resources to develop new innovations and solve tough problems,” said Corning CEO Wendell Weeks. “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.”
Naturally, when I first heard about a Gorilla Glass windshield, I thought about the smashed smartphone in my bottom drawer. But they assure us that the windshield can withstand anything the road throws at it. There’s a clip showing balls of ice being fired at the window by a high power cannon without incident. Pretty impressive, to say the least.
While this technology is currently only available on the Ford GT, hopefully in time we’ll see this available for the rest of the cars in Ford’s lineup.