Ford GT shows the valor of carbon fiber wheels – 2 pounds are being saved image

We heard Ford has stopped taking online applications for the Ford GT after 6,506 people wanted to get one of the 500 units that get manufactured.

But that’s not the issue here – we already knew interest was going to be crazy even if this is the most expensive Ford money can buy. After all, just remember the collector value of the second generation GT, which by no means was cheap when first introduced but now brings a hefty profit every time it gets resold. Back to the carbon wheels of the upcoming third generation. The 2017 Ford GT is a supercar that prides itself with the weight saving techniques – for example the standard alloys can be swapped with the optional carbon fiber set and each wheel will bring a 2 pounds saving. Each of the optional carbon 20-inch wheels are also set to reduce rotational inertia by 25 percent, as well. The set is being provided by Carbon Revolution, also the supplier for the carbon fiber rolling stock that is standard on the Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang.

Besides saving weight and reducing inertia, the wheels are also great at getting rid of vibrations, providing a smoother and more comfortable ride. Of course, since we’re dealing with a fully fledged supercar here, the main idea behind the carbon wheels is to have them assist in dropping the unsprung mass for the benefit of acceleration, braking, and handling. And because customization is a must in this price range, owners can have them n a matte finish or with a glossy clearcoat.

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