If you’ve never heard of Gorilla Glass, you should know you likely touch it everyday. It’s that durable glass that’s used as the face of smartphones.
The glass company, Corning, is moving away from cellphone protection, and into the automotive business. They’ve teamed up with Ford to create the first Gorilla Glass hybrid windshield, which will debut on the new Ford GT.
The new windshield is 12lbs lighter, making it 32% lighter and 25-50% thinner, with greater strength than traditional laminate.
“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, in the press release. “We learned, somewhat counterintuitively, that the strengthened interior layer of the windshield is key to the success of the hybrid window.”
Check out how tough the glass really is in the demo below.