The world's first graphene car is unveiled in Manchester

James Baker, commercial director of the National Graphene Institute, sits in the world's first car with graphene in its bodywork Image copyright University of Manchester
Image caption James Baker, commercial director of the National Graphene Institute, said graphene was having a "real world impact"

The world's first car made with graphene in its bodywork has been unveiled in Manchester.

The vehicle, with graphene in its panels, was made by Briggs Automotive Company in Speke, Liverpool.

The BAC Mono spearheads an exhibition to highlight the future technology of graphene, which is 200 times stronger than steel.

It was developed by scientists at the University of Manchester in 2004, who won the Nobel Prize.

Graphene is made of sheets of carbon just one atom thick.

James Baker, graphene business director at The University of Manchester, said: "The graphene car is an excellent example of how graphene can be incorporated into existing products to improve performance.

"It shows that graphene is having a real world impact just 12 years after it was isolated."

The graphene composite used in the car was made by Haydale, a technology firm based in Carmarthenshire

Science in the City, running from 22-29 July, is Europe's biggest science festival.

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