Formula 1: McLaren to trial recycled carbon fibre at US Grand Prix

McLaren are to trial the use of recycled carbon fibre on their cars at next week’s US Grand Prix. “It offers up to 85% of carbon fibre’s original strength, making it strong enough for a variety of applications in F1 and beyond. F1 teams use carbon fibre to manufacture most parts of their cars because of its ability to combine strength – torsional rigidity – with light weight. But carbon fibre manufacture is extremely carbon intensive and making the car is one of the largest contributing factors to an F1 team’s carbon footprint. McLaren said in a statement that the emissions reduction provided by using recycled carbon fibre was the equivalent of 27 tonnes of carbon emissions for each tonne of material used.

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