Developed by American company Corning, the toughened glass is usually used in manufacturing smartphones and other electronics with displays.
Now Porsche are set to use the glass for rear window panes in their 911 GT3 RS racing car in an effort to reduce weight and utilise its super strong and flexible properties that make it highly resistant to scratches and chips.
These benefits are achieved by a manufacturing process in which the thin pane of glass is chemically treated to remove its fine imperfections. Porsche previously experimented with something similar for the rear pane of the 918 Spyder Weissach.
Its claimed that the use of Gorilla Glass just for the rear safety glass window will cut down the weight of the GT3 RS by an impressive 4.6 pounds.
There are other benefits too. While traditional safety glass blocks close to 70 per cent of ultraviolet radiation, thin-film glass can block up to 99 per cent. Additionally, thinner glass also means less optical distortion.
Founded by Ferdinand Porsche in Stuttgart, Germany in 1931, Porsche has grown to become one of the world’s most renowned luxury sports car manufacturers.