Porsche Now Offering Braided Carbon Fiber Wheels
Porsche recently became the very first automaker to offer wheels composed of braided carbon fiber. These lightweight wheels will have the characteristic carbon-fiber look that the material is well-known for, and they should hold up and perform as expected with such materials involved. You’ll end up with hyper-lightweight wheels that are tough as nails and dependable over time as well. The wheels aren’t set to be issued on every Porsche model though. In fact, they’ll only be available on one model, The 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
What the Wheels offer
The alloy wheels used on the Porsche 911 Turbo S are made from lightweight alloys and already offer excellent performance, but the braided carbon fiber wheels are on another level. They’re about 20 percent lighter and they’re around 20 percent stronger. Those are huge increases that serious drivers will care about.
These wheels have a lower unsprung weight and they trail lines more effectively and stand up to lateral and longitudinal forces more capably. That means that the wheels will help you get better handling and performance out of your Porsche, which in the end means a better drive feel overall.
Performance Isn’t Cheap
These high performance wheels will cost you though. They’re set to release for 10,773 GBP, a pretty considerable investment for a set of wheels. If you really want the best performance out of your Porsche they’re worth the investment, or if you just like the looks of the wheels, but most drivers aren’t going to want to spend that kind of money just for a slight performance and handling increase. It’s still cool that the wheels are offered at all though, and carbon fiber braided wheels are sure to become a more common offering from Porsche in the future.
Creating the Wheels
The wheels are made from two components, carbon fiber fabric and a rigid braided carbon fiber rim itself. The fabric is composed of 200 different components woven together to create one solid unit.
The wheels are really cool looking, and they’re certainly something that serious high end Porsche owners are going to be interested in. If you have the money to buy the limited edition of the Turbo S, these wheels could be just the thing to bring your ride to another level altogether.