Thread: SEMA 2012: Carbon Revolution 100% full carbon fiber lightweight wheels, 15 pounds for 19 inch wheel - $15,000 for a set of 4
10-30-2012, 09:03 PM #1
SEMA 2012: Carbon Revolution 100% full carbon fiber lightweight wheels, 15 pounds for 19 inch wheel - $15,000 for a set of 4
Was great to see these wheels in person that have been generating a lot of buzz. Yes, 100% full carbon fiber wheel including the barrel that weighs only 15 pounds for a 19 inch. That kind of weight savings does not come cheap as a set of four costs $15,000. But... if you want the absolute lightest wheel and with dymag no longer in existence as a carbon wheel manufacturer (and that wheel was not 100% carbon fiber) this is it.
Spoke to their represantive for a bit and expressed my concerns for the wheels shattering if load is exceeded or if it is damaged but he said there is nothing to worry about with the process they use. No idea how accurate that is but that is what I was told. If the wheel is damaged it should not completely fail.
Additionally, they said they are capable of making large sizes for heavy cars but currently they are showing these off with the Porsche crowd. They also are planning on expanding into large transportation markets where these wheels would offer fuel efficiency savings on say trucks that need to traverse a long distance and where fuel economy is at a premium.
I picked up the wheel. Let's just say you can do it with one arm easily, impressive.
10-30-2012, 09:08 PM #2
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10-31-2012, 01:52 AM #4
Damn, curb rash would suck. Wonder how strong it is against pot holes etc with low profile tires. Regular rims usually bend, these crack? lolBurger Motorsports
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10-31-2012, 03:16 AM #5
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I think the reason this could work, is because it's not carbon fiber weave. This is a cheaper manufacturing process - although cheaper doesn't mean "not good". It's actually a carbon fiber composite. There are come concerns with this process, however - as high heat from the brake caliper can basically oxidize the bonding material (polymer) that holds this together. I am not sure how much testing they have done - and for the street user, I am sure it's fine - just not sure about using them with 1200 degree centigrade brakes is all. Are they stronger than Aluminum, I have no doubt about this.
10-31-2012, 03:58 PM #8