Carbon fiber isn't a material that is new to the world. Aerospace and Fromula 1 have been using carbon fiber for many years, mainly because of its low weight and high strength. In the sport compact performance world, its appeal is its low weight, but also its exotic look of the material. Carbon fiber has a unique look to it. From a diastance it looks black, but as you draw closer you can see the material is actually a woven fabric that affords a contrasting look between each weave. This weave almost results in a 3-D effect, creating a sense of depth. For this reason, products made with of accentuated with carbon fiber are highly sought after.
Automotive aftermarket companies caught on early and the results have been tremendous. Now we can purchase products as simple as a shift knob, which eight has a "carbon fiber look" to it or is made of the real deal. If you can think of an accessory for your ride that is made of conventional material, such as aluminum, there is probably a carbon fiber example available somewhere. Over the last year, we have seen more and more products made from carbon fiber hitting the streets - and we're not just talking about interior accessories, either. It's not uncommon to see a ride with carbon fiber canards, wings, hoods, or even full front clips. These products not only accentuate the looks of your ride, but they also make a bold statement: This ride is hot.