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Why Building a Carbon Fiber Car Is So Labor-Intensive

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Why Building a Carbon Fiber Car Is So Labor-Intensive

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To make the lightest possible sports car, Alfa Romeo knows it needs to build key components using carbon fiber. But it's a complicated and extremely time-consuming process.

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For over a century, Alfa Romeo has fought to stay alive and stay relevant. Its latest offering is the 4C, perhaps the most affordable mid-engine, carbon fiber-tubbed supercar ever made. It goes from 0-60 mph in just four seconds, weighs hundreds of pounds less than other sports cars, and costs about a third of the price of a Ferrari. A lot is riding on the success of this $56,000 roadster. If it pays off, the passion for Alfa Romeo will reignite. If it fails, one of the most storied car companies may crash and burn for good.

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