Porsche Used A Giant Braiding Machine To Create Carbon Fiber Wheels

Posted on Aug 21 2017 - 2:46am by Jeff Dunham

While carbon fiber wheels haven’t really made their way into motorsports yet, they’re already finding their way onto street cars. Not long after Australia’s Carbon Revolution came up with its single-piece design, Ford has teamed up with the company to put them into limited series production for the Shelby GT350R and the new Ford GT.

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Now, Porsche has decided to join the party, offering an $18,000 set for those Turbo S Exclusive Series buyers who don’t fancy the golden accents of the launch car’s alloys. That sounds like a lot of money, but how does it stack up against the other carbon wheels on the market?

Ford’s Carbon Revolution wheels are made using a proprietary injection process, and replacement costs for each on a Shelby are $3433 a front and $4053 for a rear. That’s a bargain compared to what Koenigsegg is charging for its hollow carbon fiber Aircore wheels.Two years ago, a set of those cost $64,000 plus taxes.

Although Koenigsegg’s technology is a close-guarded secret, we’ve been told that it’s using the highest quality carbon fiber, pre-impregnated with two types or resin. This carbon fiber is then applied into a negative tool using different thicknesses and wave patterns for each part. Then, it’s time for them to get baked together under pressure, and the result is a wheel with hollow spokes and center piece, with a smooth surface inside.