A Full Carbon Fiber Wheel That Actually Does Exist

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Back in 2008 we wrote what would turn out to be one of the most popular blog posts on the site..it was about the Weds Sport full carbon fiber wheel.  As awesome as that wheel is, it was in actuality just a concept, and from what we’ve heard, never made it into production….so it was just a pipe dream.

The next closest thing to it was Dymag wheels, who partnered with HRE to make wheels like this.  While it wasn’t a full carbon fiber wheel, it was a full carbon outer rim…still awesome, but not quite as awesome as what we saw from Weds Sport.

While we were perusing Jalopnik, we happened to come across a new post they made about the 2010 Ultima Aero by Shelby SuperCars.  The thing that really caught our eye was this part of the tag-line; “2010 Ultimate Aero Still Has $740,000 Price Tag, Throws In One-Piece Carbon Fiber Wheels For Free“.  From Jalopnik’s pictures that were taken at the 2009 Dubai International Motor Show, we see a full carbon fiber wheel installed on the $740,000 car:

2010 Shelby Supercars SSC with carbon fiber wheels

This led to this picture with a “Carbon Revolution” logo on the wheel:

Carbon Revolution full carbon fiber wheel

From that we found an Australian company named Carbon Revolution which touts it’s CR-9 wheel as the first one-piece carbon fiber wheel in the world.

So we’ll post the information that we have, and we’ll continue to try and get in touch with these guys to get more info.  We’ll definitely post any updates as we get them. (Update 2/26/10: We’ve gotten in touch with Carbon Revolution and will be following this article up in the near future with some additional information)

Carbon Revolution says that each wheel weighs 40-50% less than the best aluminum wheel of comparative size.  As a benefit, it will significantly reduce un-sprung mass, improve suspension for better grip, improve acceleration and braking, and provide a crisper/sharper steering feel.  There is some additional information from the press release:

The ‘2010 Ultimate Aero’ features the world’s first one-piece carbon fiber wheel, which has been pioneered by Carbon Revolution through a 2-year relationship with SSC. The technology behind the one-piece carbon fiber wheel has been through a five-year development period. Boasting of a nine-spoke classic design, the carbon fiber wheels are half the weight of conventional wheels, which results in improved suspension performance, better grip, improved acceleration, braking, and a sharper steering feel. Carbon Revolution is the only producer of one-piece carbon fiber wheels. Built to the highest technical and safety specification, the Carbon Revolution one-piece carbon fiber wheel not only lowers unsprung mass but is stiffer than lightweight forged aluminium wheels.

Here’s a few more pictures:

Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheel

Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheel

Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheel

Video

Below you’ll find a video of the car being taken off a trailer and moved indoors before it left for the show in Dubai.  There are many clear shots of the wheels:

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  • I am waiting for the haters to get hold of these and spout forth their misinformed garbage.

    I’m super stoked to see these wheels, I know a number of the guys that have been working on these and they do good work. I understand that they have been testing them on race cars for a few years now. These will prove a lot of people wrong and we will see more smart uses of carbon.

    • We actually were able to get in touch with Carbon Revolution and have some interesting information to update you guys with in the near future.

  • JQ

    Very excited to see a full carbon wheel as well. Looks like they released specs on the wheel weight on their website. A 19×8.5 inch wheel is 12.3 lbs.

    I’d like to see the back side of the wheel. The spokes look really deep (thick). Curious to know if the spoke is open i.e. cross section of the spoke looks like a U. This would explain the deep spoke design.

  • rolle

    That looks very nice, but I’m surprised at the weight. My 18″x9.5″ Enkei’s weigh in at 17.4lbs, 17″x9″s @ 15.4lbs. For the 18’s…I realize 5lbs is 5lbs but I’d thought CF would be even lighter still. Now for the price…maybe not so light lol?

    • We often get people saying that exact same thing, “Oh, I thought it would be heaps lighter as its carbon fibre”. Thing is the density of CF is 1.9 and aluminium is 2.7 (steel is 7.9). This means CF, for a given volume, 30% lighter than aluminium (75% lighter than steel), which these wheels are. However the real gain is they will be much stiffer than aluminium wheels and will last longer too.

      Also unsprung mass (wheel, tyres, hubs etc) is worth 5-10times sprung mass. This means you would need to remove 100 to 200lbs from the car to get the to get the same gains as 20lbs in the wheels.

  • Dan

    This is exactly what the automotive performance industry has been waiting for. The benefit of these wheels is going to be outstanding on the road course. Does anyone know when or if these wheels will be mass produce and released to the public for purchase? These rims will look and perform great on my time attack / road course car. I can’t wait to see further test results on the performance gains of running full CF wheels. I am looking forward to hearing more.

  • Scotty

    nice looking wheels! but the name is very similar to a US company that does motorcycle wheels and did a full CF frame for a harley motor. I have heard that they are releasing a new wheel for bikes (and possibly cars) that are made here in the US. there is a big expo in feb that is for vtwin bikes (cant remember the name or where it is). maybe they will be there to see?

    • Is it BST wheels by any chance?

  • Scotty

    no BST is south africa. a company called Revolution Manufacturing. i think they are in georgia or somewhere down south

  • nick beck

    ive used full carbon wheels on my ducati race and street bikes for years now [ blackstone tec out of south africa ] they were a definit improvment in all around performance. they were far advanced over the dymag much stronger beter enginered etc. im not sure if they are still in business. the latest news on this can be had at gilex motors in amsterdam holland.

  • Check out the 1970/75 Citroen SM options list (and on a regular production vehicle, what’s more). I believe the wheels were supplied by Michelin.