Video: Trying to Break the BMW i8’s Gorilla Glass


“Gorilla Glass is the registered trademark for an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet toughened glass manufactured by U.S. glassmaker Corning Inc. Engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness, and damage-resistance, it is used primarily as the cover glass for portable electronic devices including mobile phones, portable media players, laptop computer displays, and some television screens. It is manufactured using ion exchange to produce compressive residual stress at the surface to prevent cracks from propagating.”

This Guy Can't Break the Gorilla Glass...Could You?

This Guy Can’t Break the Gorilla Glass…Could You?

So says Wikipedia.

Soon, Gorilla Glass will make its automotive debut with the launch of the BMW i8.

Aside from being lightweight, Gorilla Glass has the benefit of strength.

It’s this resistance to damage that Adam Johnson is testing out on Bloomberg Television’s “Lunch Money.”

Is Gorilla Glass breakable?  Yes.  Is it easily broken?  Watch the video to find out.

Categories: BMW, Videos


Leave a Reply

10 Comments on "Video: Trying to Break the BMW i8’s Gorilla Glass"

newest oldest most voted

Where is bat? Where is M4? Do you call it “trying to break”?!
He’d try it with ping-pong ball!

Pretty cool. Not so cool when the car falls in water and you can’t get out 🙂

I wonder how it compares against bullet proof glass. Sure, this can stop rocks from chipping your windshield but can it also be considered a poor man’s bullet proof glass? That would be interesting.

Who cares?

Doesn’t the law (in the US) require glass to be tempered? What does gorilla glass look like when it does break in a car crash?

would be cool to have the car, have a ball, sit in a parking lot around people and just throw the ball at the windshield

Not that impressive. What would have been impressive? Using a jackhammer 🙂

And can we get Preston Tucker to come over here and give us his take on this window? Oh yeah, he’s dead. But if he were here to give an opinion, I think he would be able to explain why this is not a good idea.

I would just like to have a windshield that is much more resistant to chips & cracks from rocks. Maybe someone will come-up with a scratch & chip resistant film that can be changed for much less money than repairs & replacements; kind of like cell phone protective film.

Yup, I saw lots of cell phone protective film companies at CES last year. One company had a BB gun aimed at an IPAD. If you could break the glass, you would win an IPAD. No one broke the glass. They had wine glasses next to it you could shoot at to prove the BB gun was the real deal. Another company was working on transparent aluminum, which made it into the iphone some years ago.
These films or gorilla glass need to come to cars, but it is important to note that car glass replacement is big business.