Ford is kind of killing it right now with the carbon fiber wheel thing. They were the first to offer a carbon fiber wheel as an OEM standard with the 2015 Shelby GT350R Mustang and now they are taking it up a notch or two with these new carbon fiber wheels which will be an official factory option on the next gen Ford GT. These 10 spoke wheels look amazing and getting up close to them just makes it all the better. The wheels will come in a bare carbon clear coated finish so on-lookers can admire every last weave and thread.
Buyers can get the clear coat in a glossy or matte finish (take a guess at which one of those will be more popular) and will come in 20×8.5 inch sizes for the front and 20×11.5 inch for the rear. Ford hasn’t revealed the official weight of the carbon fiber wheels but they did say that they are 2lbs lighter per wheel over the standard aluminum Ford GT wheel as well as being structurally more rigid than the aluminum wheels as well.
The other thing Ford hasn’t revealed about these wheels are the price. Though there may be a bit of a clue if you follow the bread crumbs. Ford mentions in the press release below that their wheels are produced and supplied by Carbon Revolution based in Australia. Some light googling will reveal that Carbon Revolution sells a set of wheels retail (not quite as advanced as these wheels) and they run for about $15,000 set. Yes, three zeroes as in thousand. So, taking that into account I wouldn’t be surprised if the Ford GT carbon fiber wheels came in as a $25,000 to $30,000 option.
Considering that the new Ford GT will probably have an MSRP of $450k (not counting the “we’re going to charge you more because we know you want it” dealer mark-up) then an extra $25 to $30k isn’t so bad.
For the rest of us that kind of cash for a set of wheels is wonderfully ridiculous. But hey, we can dream can’t we? Ford actually released a gallery of the wheels to inspire just such a thing. Check it out below as well as the official press release. Also, in your opinion do you think its worth it to spend five figures on a set of carbon fiber wheels? Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype.
- All-new Ford GT will debut availability of next-gen carbon-fiber wheels, offering new clear-coated, bare-carbon finish and extensive benefits of lightweighting
- Latest iteration of carbon-fiber wheels on Ford GT feature new advanced fiber and resin compounds that allow more intricately styled wheel options
- Ford GT is the second Ford vehicle to take advantage of carbon-fiber wheels; first standard OEM application debuted on 2015 Ford Shelby® GT350R Mustang
DEARBORN, Mich., May 17, 2016 – The carbon-fiber-bodied Ford GT will also offer an all-new carbon-fiber wheel, further improving the drive and handling characteristics of Ford’s all-new supercar.
Ford GT is the second Ford Performance vehicle to offer carbon fiber wheels – following the world’s first mass-produced carbon fiber wheel application that debuted as standard equipment on the 2015 Shelby® GT350R Mustang.
“Ford was the innovator as the first to offer a mass-produced carbon fiber wheels as a standard offering on Shelby GT350R Mustang,” said Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director. “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.”
Unlike the Shelby GT350R’s black-painted carbon fiber wheels, Ford GT wheels will be offered in two finishes – either a matte or a glossy clearcoat, permitting the stunning nature of the carbon fiber weave to show through. The finishes perfectly match the two exposed carbon finishes available on the sills, fascia and extractor of the all-new supercar.
Working with supplier partner Carbon Revolution, the new wheels are constructed with the latest generation of fiber and resin technology that permits greater design flexibility – resulting in flowing, more intricate spokes.
Light Is Right
Carbon fiber wheels bring a wealth of advantages over traditional aluminum wheels, including weight savings, improved vehicle dynamics and ride quality – making the innovative material the perfect complement for the all-new Ford GT.
Beyond simply reducing overall vehicle weight for improved acceleration, braking and dynamic performance, carbon fiber’s incredibly strong, light nature means a reduction in unsprung weight and rotational inertia, which benefits suspension action, ride quality and dynamic performance.
The Ford GT arrives standard with incredibly light, supercar-spec, 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels, sized 8.5 x 20 in./front, and 11.5 x 20 in./rear. The optional carbon fiber wheels on the Ford GT are the same size, but are structurally stiffer, and save more than two pounds of unsprung weight per wheel. Compared to the already featherweight standard wheels, this weight savings reduces inertia by a notable 25 percent.
A lighter wheel requires the suspension to do less work to control the hardware attached to it, and improves consistent contact with the road surface, improving traction and driver control. Each spinning wheel also acts like a gyroscope, so a lighter wheel can improve steering feel and dynamics as it requires less energy to accelerate or turn the wheels, improving vehicle response. Vehicle efficiency is improved as less energy is required to get the wheel spinning.
While metal wheels can act like a bell, the dense, inert nature of carbon fiber provides for overall improved performance in terms of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) and a quieter ride – leading to greater comfort and refinement.
With optional carbon fiber wheels providing benefits in key areas – weight savings, vehicle dynamics, NVH and ride quality – they are the perfect, innovative complement for the all-new Ford GT.
For more information please visit www.FordGT.com