Porsche Gives A Sneak Peek Into How They Build Their Carbon Fiber Wheels
Carbon fiber wheels are a must for manufacturers trying to edge out every little drip of performance out of their machines. They're much lighter and stronger than their aluminum alloy counterparts, and those weight savings are made at the most critical location because they're part of the unsprung mass in a car. The lower your unsprung mass, the easier it is for the vehicle to track the road and respond to changing conditions. In addition, the lower the mass of the wheels, the fewer drivetrain losses you will have, which means more wheel-horsepower.
Koenigsegg makes carbon fiber wheels for all of their models, the Ford GT350R and the Ford GT has them available, and now Porsche 911 Turbo S has them for the Exclusive Series. It's just a matter of time before we see these wheels becoming available for every super/hyper/sports car out there. However, there's a big downside: the cost. And the reason why they're so expensive is apparent in how these wheels are made. Take a look: