You might find interesting (and impress with your project) that some UK company, I think HexMC (I had attended the conference, if I find the info I will post it up) developed a few special forms of CFRP. Where they semi cure CFRP with certain special resins, chop it up into 'chips' and use this for special injection moulding to create a 'quasi-isotropic', and fluid-like properties. The purpose is to get closer to automated carbon fibre products.
However for some purposes, where you purely need properties of CFRP in one direction - manual specific lay-up is still better.
If I were you, I would first research composites in general, learn the basic ideas between particle / fibre composites / laminar composites
woven fibres, quasi-iso-directional fibres, etc.
energy absorption properties
Then start getting more specific
Glass Fibre Reinforced Plastic
Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic
Then look at more modern exotic forms of CFRP as the one I mentioned at the beginning.
And please, don't think like many 'boy racers' do - that CFRP is the best material for everything. It has its ideal uses and pointless uses.