A new report states Ford has plans to offer the 2017 GT supercar with carbon fiber wheels.

A new report states Ford has plans to offer the 2017 GT supercar with carbon fiber wheels.

 

It seems the Shelby Mustang GT350R won’t be the only Ford to have carbon fiber wheels as Australian media reports the new generation GT will also have a similar set. Both will be manufactured by Carbon Revolution, a company from Australia that has a factory in Geelong where they plan to make up to 50,000 wheels per year once production will be boosted by the 100 workers.

 

Speaking to Autoblog, a Ford spokesman did not wish to confirm this report but mentioned carbon wheels are on the agenda and if will be available for the GT, these will likely be optional rather than standard equipment.

 

Technical specifications concerning these wheels are not available at this point, but those offered for the GT350R weigh only 18 lbs (8.1 kg) apiece and come with a ceramic coating which can handle temperatures of more than 900 degrees Celsius (1652 degrees Fahrenheit). No less than 61 individual checks are performed for each wheel to examine around 260,000 data points to make sure everything is ok before being fitted onto the car.

Getting back to the GT, it is believed Ford will start accepting orders at the beginning of next year and they plan on making just 250 units annually, with pricing kicking off at around $400,000.

 

Be part of something big

2017 Ford GT could get carbon fiber wheels