CARBON FIBER TODAY
Today, carbon fiber is more widespread than ever, but it's still primarily reserved for high-horsepower, high-dollar exotics. A few mainstream cars use carbon components as structural pieces, but the lion's share of OEM carbon fiber is nothing more than automotive jewelry with negligible performance benefits.
The aftermarket took to the space-age material during the tuner car craze. Most aftermarket carbon fiber components are nothing more than adornments and, in many cases, they actually add weight. When purchasing aftermarket carbon, quality is measured in terms of both aesthetics and construction. The cheap stuff may look the part, but the production process and materials used matter if the goal is actual weight savings and strength.