North America has long been at the forefront in the manufacturing of Carbon Fibre. When McLaren Formula One designer John Barnard commissioned Utah-based Hercules Aerospace to build carbon-fibre parts for his 1981 MP4/1, the rest of the racing world quickly followed suite in embracing the wonder-material.
And with distinctive grey and black weave now a must-have fashion accessory on everything from hypercars to mobile phone cases, it's little wonder that Maryland-based carbon fibre experts Vitesse AuDessus are now offering complete carbon fibre outfits for todays road-going supercars.
Instead of just wrapping the panels in carbon fibre effect vinyl, as some other companies do, Vitesse AuDessus – who's name translates to Superior Speed – offers handmade bespoke carbon fibre panels for sports brands including Bentley, Mercedes, Bugatti and Lamborghini.
Costing between $100,000 and $200,000 (£64,000 - £128,100), the 100 per cent carbon fibre panels are pre-impregnated with resin, and customised to the clients' preferences, which include the weave, colour and finish of the fibre used.
The fabric is hand-laid and then cured in an autoclave before being hand-finished. The car is finally delivered back to the owner, with the original panels carefully wrapped up and delivered alongside
Full carbon fibre body kits are available for the Bugatti Veyron, Ferrari LaFerrari, Porsche 918 Spyder, Lamborghini Aventador and McLaren P1, amongst others.
Vitesse AuDessus CEO Stefany Sanchez said in a press release that his company is targeted at those who "have already selected the very best in their lives".
He added: "Why should they accept a supercar or exotic vehicle that is no different than the one in their neighbour's garage?"
Author: Laura Thomson