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McLaren don't make the body from carbon fibre, I'm guessing on costs grounds. But, if they did, how much less would it weigh? Extra cost?

I'm a little surprised that someone, money no object, hasn't already asked for this option yet. Waiting for a super light version in a couple of years perhaps?
 

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No idea about the cost but probably $$$$. As for the weight, I am not sure it would save anything vs the current material. The advantage of CF is it is much lighter than the other materials that would be stiff enough to be used for the chassis, but stiffness is not needed (and even somewhat dangerous) for the outside body of the car. I am sure the current composite rivals CF in terms of weight.
 

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No idea about the cost but probably $$$$. As for the weight, I am not sure it would save anything vs the current material. The advantage of CF is it is much lighter than the other materials that would be stiff enough to be used for the chassis, but stiffness is not needed (and even somewhat dangerous) for the outside body of the car. I am sure the current composite rivals CF in terms of weight.
I believe it would still save some weight. They did look at it, but the cost/weight savings ratio was better utilized in other areas, keeping in mind the resultant effect on the total cost of the vehicle.

I think a 12C "Scud" could shave 100-150 lbs with lighter bodywork, seats and stripped interior. Bump to 650+ HP and voila, you have a rocket that still gets beaten by a press 458 in the quarter mile. ;)
 

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The X1 is all carbon bodied.
 

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I believe it would still save some weight. They did look at it, but the cost/weight savings ratio was better utilized in other areas, keeping in mind the resultant effect on the total cost of the vehicle.

I think a 12C "Scud" could shave 100-150 lbs with lighter bodywork, seats and stripped interior. Bump to 650+ HP and voila,
you have a rocket that still gets beaten by a press 458 in the quarter mile. ;)
I'm sure Krzys will agree with you here:)
 

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I don't recall exactly how much less the CanAm car weighs than a standard 12C (250 lbs comes to mind), but when you realize they've added comprehensive roll-cage, it seems apparent that they somehow found out how to get rid of considerably more than that 250 lbs. from the standard car!
 
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