How-To & Tech

Danica Patrick's father's carbon fiber snowmobile business

Get your Fiber!

By Olav Aaen
Published: November 3, 2012
High-stress parts like Polaris clutch covers are the type products T.J. Patrick is creating.
Carbon fiber composite structures have always been identified with high-tech, no cost spared applications like elite fighter jets and Formula 1 cars.

Due to high tooling and materials costs, complicated manufacturing processes and limited supply it has taken a while for carbon fiber to make its way to the snowmobile world. But T.J. Patrick (Danica’s dad) is trying to change that.

“Composite” means made up of two or more materials, and in performance applications has come to mean man-made fibers blended with synthetic resins. Glass fiber was one of the first composite materials used to mold complicated shapes from boat hulls to snowmobile hoods.
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