Material Specification and Selection

Twill Weave style

Plain Weave style

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This is the ultimate material for maximum stiffness with minimum weight, we produce the sheet material with optimum fibre orientation for each particular part, to give a good blend of strength stiffness and toughness. Please note that not all parts are available in the full carbon option. Through working with users and manufacturers we have identified the most suitable material material for each application.


This is a composite made from Carbon and Silica or glass fibres. The glass fibre is used as a filling between layers of Carbon, this method of construction allows us to utilise the excellent strength and stiffness properties of Carbon fibre at the more critical outside surfaces of the part, whilst using the superior toughness and lower cost glass fibre as the centre to the sandwich. The percentage of Carbon to glass fibre varies for each material but CSC always presents good toughness and value with only a small weight penalty, In some applications this slight increase in weight is a positive advantage as for example in most chassis the extra weight helps with the stability of the car.

Moulded Carbon-

This is the ultimate production technique, Carbon chassis for Formula 1 grand prix cars are produced in the same way, the first step is to make a tool to mould the final desired part, these tools are very expensive to produce and are usually made from Carbon fibre. The next stage is to lay the fibre and resin onto the tool and then whilst holding every thing in place by vacuum the whole thing is placed in an oven for final curing. When the part is released from the tool it still requires a lot of finishing before it becomes a car chassis, hugger or trispoke wheel. The moulding gives very good stiffness for example when a model car is built you no longer need to use an undertray, making this ultimately the lightest, stiffest and of course most expensive of the three choices.

Table showing the grades and types of material used in Fibre Lyte Products

Material ID



A 2.0 mm Carbon 5 layers carbon 0-90/+-45/0-90/+-45/0-90
B 2.4 mm Carbon 6 layers carbon 0-90/+-45/0-90/90-0/+-45/0-90
C 3.0 mm Carbon 7 layers carbon 0-90/+-45/0-90/+-45/0-90/+-45/0-90
D 1.4 mm CSC 2 carbon 1 glass 0-90/0-90 g/0-90
E 2.0 mm CSC 2 carbon 3 glass 0-90/0-90 g/+- 45g/0-90 g/0-90
F 2.3 mm CSC 4 carbon 1 glass 0-90/+-45/0-90 g/+-45/0-90
G 2.6 mm CSC 4 carbon 2 glass 0-90/+-45/0-90 g/0-90 g/+-45/0-90
H 2.9 mm CSC 4 carbon 3 glass 0-90/+-45/0-90 g/0-90 g/0-90 g/+-45/0-90
I 3.0 mm CSC 2 carbon 4 glass 0-90/0-90 g/0-90 g/0-90 g/0-90 g /0-90
J 4.5 mm CSC 8 carbon 2 glass 0-90/+-45/0-90/+-45/glass/glass/+-45/0-90/+-45/ 0-90

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