Koenigsegg introduced in 2012 what they described as being the “world’s first hollow, one piece, super light carbon fiber wheel” for the Agera R hypercar, but you had to buy the car to get the wheels. That all changed when Carbon Revolution introduced the world's first commercially produced, one-piece carbon fiber wheel set. In other words, customers can simply go to the store and buy these ultra-light wheels, without having to spend millions of dollars on a hypercar. In the United States, the company has a network of 20 dealerships from where clients willing to fork out the money can take advantage of the benefits brought by carbon fiber wheels.
The privately owned Australian company already has a deal with Ford to supply CF wheels for the Ford GT supercar and the much more affordable Shelby GT350R Mustang, which actually gets these wheels (pictured below) as standard equipment. Thanks to these contracts and others currently in the works, Carbon Revolution is happy to announce it has reduced the retail price of a set by a whopping 25 percent.
That means the most affordable set of carbon fiber wheels money can buy nowadays costs $11,850 MSRP, or just about as much as a new Nissan Versa Sedan ($11,990 MSRP) — the cheapest new car currently on sale in United States. Sure, it’s not what you would call a bargain, but the $4,000 discount compared to the previous price tag is impressive. A set of four Carbon Revolution CR-9 wheels can be optionally had with Porsche center lock fittings for a cool $13,850.
In the case of the aforementioned Ford GT, a 20-inch carbon fiber wheel available with either a glossy clearcoat or a matte finish is approximately 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms) lighter than the already featherweight forged aluminum standard wheel. Aside from the weight reduction, the optional CF set for the Blue Oval’s supercar diminishes rotational inertia by 25 percent.
While the $11,850 sticker is still out of reach for most people, it’s a clear sign these rims are getting more and more affordable and in a few years the price will likely continue to drop, much like battery tech is evolving and as such EVs are becoming more attainable.
Source: Carbon Revolution
Gallery: 2017 Ford GT carbon fiber wheels
MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION THROUGH MANUFACTURING EFFICIENCIES FOR WORLD’S ONLY MASS-PRODUCED, ONE-PIECE CARBON FIBER WHEELS
ANNOUNCING MAJOR PRICE REDUCTION THROUGH MANUFACTURING EFFICIENCIES FOR WORLD’S ONLY MASS-PRODUCED, ONE-PIECE CARBON FIBER WHEELS
New and advanced technologies used in areas such as aerospace and Formula 1 can sometimes take decades to filter down to the average consumer, with cost being a major factor. Carbon Revolution – manufacturers of the world’s only commercially-produced, one-piece carbon fiber wheels – has done the unthinkable in high-tech manufacturing and taken one of the most complex carbon fiber structures ever produced and, in only a handful of years, reduced the retail price by 25%.
This unprecedented achievement was made possible through continuous innovation driven by Carbon Revolution’s design and manufacturing engineering teams, as well as its partnerships with technology driven automakers.
Carbon Revolution is supplying the one-piece carbon fiber wheels to Ford for its Shelby GT350R Mustang and Ford GT supercar programs. It is as a result of these OE contracts, and others in the pipeline, that Carbon Revolution has been able to reduce its pricing.
“The new pricing is the direct result of manufacturing optimization made possible by the rapid growth of the business driven by OEM supply,” explained Brett Gass, Executive Director at Carbon Revolution.
“Efficiencies in scale thanks to higher manufacturing volumes, as well as new automation in our purpose-built Australian factory is allowing us to pass these benefits on to aftermarket customers,” he continued.
Carbon Revolution has invested heavily in its manufacturing facility and process in order to satisfy increasing demand from the world’s automakers. With the Mustang Shelby GT350R already on the road in significant numbers, and the first deliveries of the Ford GT underway, Carbon Revolution is busy ensuring customers have the most high-tech wheels available. As OEM demand for their technology grows rapidly, Carbon Revolution is making further investments to ensure it can deliver the quantities required.
Carbon Revolution is in the unique position of producing, at an industrial scale, the only OE-standard, one-piece carbon fiber wheels available. No other company has been able to engineer and manufacture carbon fiber wheels to meet the very high quality standards and volumes demanded by global carmakers. And the carmakers have a strong desire to reduce unsprung weight, improve steering and suspension response, while also reducing NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) through Carbon Revolution’s innovative carbon fiber wheels.
The superior characteristics of carbon fiber wheels over conventional metallic equivalents are well proven. The exotic material is able to provide greater performance by decreasing weight and improving stiffness. And what’s more, it is now able to do so at a price comparable to premium aftermarket aluminum alloy wheels.
A set of four Carbon Revolution CR-9 wheels will now cost from $11850 (MSRP) for five-bolt fitments. This represents a reduction of approximately $4000 compared to the previous retail price. Furthermore, a set of four Carbon Revolution CR-9 wheels with Porsche center lock fittings is now only $13850.
Anybody wishing to purchase a set of Carbon Revolution CR-9 wheels can do so through one of its 20 dealers across the US. Customers and interested parties should visit carbonrev.com for more information about the wheels, carbon fiber technology and fitment options.