Ford is set to install Corning Gorilla Glass, which is currently used for smartphone displays, on both the windshield and rear engine cover of its Ford GT Supercar.
The company said the technology would allow for a more durable, scratch-resistant window that is about 30 per cent lighter than traditional glass.
Corning Gorilla Glass is currently used in the majority of high-end smartphones, including Apple's iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy series.
The glass panels in the GT are more than 12 pounds lighter than their traditional counterparts which will contribute to enhanced vehicle handling, improved fuel efficiency and reduced risk of glass damage.
“Gorilla Glass hybrid is a great example of how Ford works with suppliers to innovate in every area of our business,” said Hau Thai-Tang, a vice president at Ford group.
“Ford GT is setting new standards for innovation through performance and light-weighting and we’re excited about exploring other applications for this great new technology.”
A traditional automotive laminated windshield consists of two layers of annealed glass sandwiched around a clear, thermoplastic interlayer binding agent.
Originally introduced in America by Henry Ford, the technology has been used in the auto industry for nearly a century.
The new hybrid glass however uses a multilayer approach. A pane of toughened automotive-grade formed hybrid acts as the strengthened inner layer, an advanced noise-absorbing thermoplastic interlayer is in the centre and an annealed glass serves as the outer layer.
The result is a windshield and rear engine cover that are approximately 32 per cent lighter than competitive vehicles.
“During development, we tried different glass variations before we found a combination that provided both weight savings and the durability needed for exterior automotive glass,” said Paul Linden, Ford body exteriors engineer.
“We learned, somewhat counter-intuitively, that the strengthened interior layer of the windshield is key to the success of the hybrid window.”
Although the new glass panels are between 25 to 50 per cent thinner, they provide the same strength as traditional panes.
The new technology has already been tested in rough road conditions and had to endure specific projectile, rollover and wind tunnel testing.