Following the release of the new Shelby 350R Mustang, Ford Motors announced its latest upgrade –carbon fiber wheels.
The company outsourced the wheels from Australian supplier Carbon Revolution.
Ford would be the first automotive company to mass produce carbon fiber wheels, setting another milestone to an already historically-significant company.
Previously used for space shuttle technology, carbon fiber was able to make it to commercial market by offering a lightweight alternative to metal.
It became a popular material for high-end racing upgrades, to cut overall weight and improve the cars’ performance.
Power-weight ratio in the past decade had a great leap with all the advancement in racing, including carbon fiber technology.
Formula racing teams and supercar manufacturers saw the potential of the material and quickly applied it to their designs.
Independent supercar maker Koenigsegg was the first to offer carbon fiber wheels to the market.
Lowering overall curb weight generally makes the car’s dynamics better. The weight of each wheel will just be 18 pounds, compared to 33 pounds, that of an aluminum counterpart. 60 pounds will be trimmed down to the overall weight of the car.
By this, handling and acceleration would see serious benefits.
Carbon fiber wheels also reduce rotational inertia by over 40%. It positively impacts braking performance with respect to acceleration.