For the first time ever on a series produced model, Porsche is the world’s first carmaker to sell braided carbon fiber wheels to customers of the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series.
The German automaker is using the top of the line version of the 911 series to premiere these innovative lightweight wheels with braided carbon fiber, which have been specifically created for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. The stunning rims we see in the gallery are actually 20 percent lighter and 20 percent stronger than standard alloys. Constructed entirely out of carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), the new wheels have a lower unsprung weight and are “perfectly optimized” to withstand longitudinal and lateral forces. Also, low rotating masses bring “more spontaneity both in acceleration and braking,” for enhanced driving pleasure.
Of course there’s an innovative build process – 200 individual components are cut and assembled, and Porsche makes use of the biggest carbon fiber braiding machine with a diameter of around nine meters, claiming to deliver “key advantages over the more conventional method of manufacturing pre-impregnated carbon-fiber fabric.” The tech is also bringing advantages in terms of material structure, while also resulting in less waste – with each wheel needing 11 miles (18 kilometers) of carbon fiber or eight square meters. Even the painting process is extreme – the burnished gold comes first, then the wheel is completely covered in black, with the technicians using a laser to precisely burn just the black layer of paint to show off the gold contrast line.