Carbon fiber is one of the most coveted items to car enthusiasts. The “sweet nectar of the Gods” was once only available to race cars and the aerospace industry — but eventually, it made its way to our most coveted supercars. Since it’s still expensive to produce, however, you don’t see it in too many normal cars — but that’s starting to change. Here is a list of fivenon-supercars you can buy, which use carbon fiber for some essential component.
Alfa Romeo 4C/Alfa Romeo 4C Spider
It would be impossible to mention carbon fiber and supercars without mentioning the car which possibly most identifies with being a “baby supercar” — the Alfa Romeo 4C and the 4C Spider, like these that are currently on sale.
The 4C receives perhaps the most extensive amount of carbon fiber that does not find itself in a supercar. Carbon fiber monocoques, commonly referred to as “carbon tubs,” are usually left to the realm of Koenigseggs, McLarens and race cars — but the 4C and the 4C Spider feature carbon fiber monocoques with aluminum subframes in the front and the back. Find an Alfa Romeo 4C for sale
GMC Sierra 1500
Perhaps the one vehicle you didn’t expect to make this list is not only not a supercar, but not a sports car — and, in fact, not even a car. The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 made headlines because it’s the world’s first pickup to offer a carbon fiber truck bed. The CarbonPro bed features a combination of steel, aluminum, plastic, glass fiber and, of course, carbon fiber construction. Find a GMC Sierra 1500 for sale
While the Alfa Romeo 4C and the 4C Spider feature a carbon fiber monocoque, the BMW i3might be the cheapest way ever to get one. The plug-in BMW i3 features its own carbon fiber tub, which is truly impressive — especially considering that used examples are now easy to find for $15,000 or less. Find a BMW i3 for sale
Ford Shelby GT350R
The Shelby GT350R doesn’t have any structural carbon fiber — but it does offer an amazing carbon fiber feature. Specifically, if you opt for a GT350R, you’ll get a carbon fiber splitter — but you’ll also get Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheels, which are worth nearly $20,000. They’re amazing to see on a “cheap” car, and they marked history as the first mass-produced carbon fiber wheels. Find a Ford Mustang for sale
BMW 7 Series
The BMW i3 and the BMW i8 supercar began BMW’s foray in using carbon fiber as a structural component of a car. The carbon fiber technology, referred to as “Carbon Core” by BMW, also found its way into the G11 7 Series sedans, which began with the 2016 model year. Find a BMW 7 Series for sale