Why do people pay a premium for carbon fiber? Here’s your answer

by Drei Laurel | Aug 16, 2022
PHOTO: Crazy Hidraulic Press/YouTube

There’s a reason moneyed motorists are willing to shell out a premium to replace standard car parts with components made of carbon fiber—and it isn’t just because that stealthy weave pattern looks cool.

The material is both light and incredibly durable—ideal qualities if you’re looking to squeeze the most out of your ride’s performance. But just how strong is the stuff? YouTube channel Crazy Hidraulic Press pits a carbon fiber pipe against a hydraulic press to find out.

For comparison purposes, the channel also compared the carbon fiber pipe’s strength against other materials like PVC, brass, acrylic, and aluminum.

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The results? PVC lasted until 1,538kg of pressure. Brass? Up to 2,568kg of pressure. Carbon fiber made it up to 2,998kg—which is impressive considering the pipe tested weighed a mere 11g. Titanium was the strongest material tested lasting until 9,190kg—the pipe weighed three times as much as the carbon fiber one, though.

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It’s an informative watch, and a pretty trippy one, too. We can stare at these pipes being crushed all day. You can check out footage of the test in its entirety below.

If you had the money, what stock car components would you have swapped with carbon fiber ones? Let us know your picks in the comments.

Carbon fiber vs. other materials

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