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Body panel question

Hi, Steve -- many thanks for the report, and it's nice to have you around here.

What is "composite" material made from? Apparently it is like
fiberglass, but tougher -- but is it a plastic of some sort? I had a 'Vette many years ago, and I fixed the body after a wreck, so I understand fiberglass, although I assume what they use now is better than what was on my '69 model. So the Elise engine cover and front/rear pieces are different than the rest of the body?

If composite is more durabile than fiberglass, then why not make the fenders out of it, too. Weight? Expense?
 
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