And it isn't just four-wheel stuff Dome is involved in, they try to push their engineering skills to a wide range of products from lightweight carbon cello and violin cases to carbon wheelchairs and even briefcases! They are trying to appeal to a broader customer base and lower production costs. One recent step is the opening of a new factory in Thailand called Dome Composites Thailand. With the lower production costs available in Thailand, Dome hopes to get more customers interested in carbon production, while offering the same quality as the parts built in Japan.
The final step of our Dome tour involved taking a look at their small-car collection. On the inside section of the building, housing the wind tunnel, a selection of historical Dome cars are on display. Starting with the first-ever Dome car the "Zero," built from 1978 all the way to 1989, the Jiotto-designed "Caspita" and the F107 Formula Dream racer. Next, Dome will try to get an opportunity to enter Formula 1 as well as participating in Le Mans again. For a company with only a 24-year history, Dome has come a very long way. Hayashi-san has proven that if you have enough passion you can use it to create a successful business. Dome tries to be part of a large variety of projects and has been trying hard to promote composite material use by lowering production costs.