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What the 2014 Corvette's carbon fiber parts mean for the body shop

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. -- General Motors engineers cut weight from the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette with aluminum body parts and carbon-fiber reinforced plastic.

But body shop technicians at dealerships, take note: the inner and outer halves of the hood and the outer panel of the roof are carbon fiber.

If these parts are damaged in a crash, they can’t be repaired, says Mike Regiec, senior manager, global body in white, at GM. Unlike metal, carbon fiber is brittle and can’t be bent back into shape.

The answer, said Regiec, over dinner at Grand Traverse Resort on Sunday: Simply replace the damaged carbon-fiber parts with new ones.

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