Carbon fiber is the modern-day automotive manufacturer’s go-to material of choice when seeking to make a car both significantly stronger and lighter. The lightweight material is used to make hoods, trunk lids, spoilers, driveshafts and even entire vehicle monocoques.
Prices of carbon fiber are slowly beginning to fall, but they still remain extremely high when compared to steel, aluminium and other materials frequently used in auto manufacturing. That didn’t stop Greek carbon fiber supplier Carbon Fiber Customs from recreating all the fiberglass body panels on their C5 Corvette with carbon fiber ones, though.
Naked carbon fiber is definitely an acquired taste. We don’t mind it on door sills or parts of the dashboard, but it can easily be overdone. You can decide whether the full carbon look on this C5 is for you or not, but it wasn’t done so the owner can show off to his friends. CFC says the conversion saved them 130 kg (286 lb) from the standard fiberglass panels, a noticeable difference in an already light car.
More photos of the carbon fiber ‘Vette are over at GTspirit. If the prices of carbon ever come down to realistic levels, we could see a package like this catching on with track day enthusiasts. However as long as they remain astronomically high, we doubt very many C5 Corvette owners will be willing to make this kind of investment in their car.