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      07-14-2010, 10:00 PM   #14

Drives: 2011 Z4 35is Melbourne Red
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Body shops will no longer need frame racks. Any structural damage to the monocoque appears to be end of life for that component. Insurance companies are going to have a field day with this. Perhaps BMW will start offering collision insurance with the sale of a new vehicle. I love this technology but right now the repair infrastructure in not capable is working with this. My bet is it will spawn a completely new industry for crash repair.

Carbon & CFRP has no memory like metal. It cannot be straightened back to it's original position and shape. It will have to be placed into a jig. The damaged piece cut and removed. Replacement part installed and bonded. This will be interesting to follow.