Wednesday, May 18, 2016

All-new Ford GT gets carbon-fiber wheel as option

Carbon-fiber is usually used for car bodies, specifically for sports cars and race cars, because the material is not only lighter than metal but it's just as strong--if not stronger--structurally.

Ford though has found a different use for the lightweight material and that's to create an all-new carbon-fiber wheel that's expected to further improve the drive and handling characteristics of the all-new Ford GT supercar.

While the all-new Ford GT is equipped with10-spoke forged aluminum wheels that are sized 8.5 x 20in in front and 11.5 x 20in at the back as standard, the carbon-fiber wheels are optional and come in the same size but are supposedly structurally stiffer, eliminates more than two pounds of unsprung weight per wheel, and reduces inertia by a claimed 25%.

The all-new Ford GT though isn't the first vehicle to be equipped with a mass-produced carbon-fiber wheel. The credit for that goes to the 2015 Shelby GT350R Mustang where it actually comes a a standard equipment.Unlike the Shelby GT350R’s black-painted carbon-fiber wheels though, the Ford GT wheels will be offered in two finishes: matte, or a glossy clearcoat to show off the carbon-fiber weave.

"Ford was the innovator as the first to offer a mass-produced carbon fiber wheels as a standard offering on Shelby GT350R Mustang," said Ford Performance global director Dave Pericak. "Now, Ford GT will offer the next generation in carbon-fiber wheels, with an advanced resin and fiber technology that gives our designers more freedom, while also showcasing the structure of the material's weave."

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