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All-new Ford GT will debut availability of next-gen carbon-fiber wheels
Offered in two finishes in your choice of matte or a glossy clear coat
Carbon fiber has always been eye-fetching candy for automotive enthusiasts, but unlike overlays to emulate its style, true gearheads crave the real stuff. Aside from its good looks, carbon fiber is extremely functional and known for its lightweight properties and incredible strength; and check this out, the all-new Ford GT will be sporting a set of carbon fiber wheels in 2017.
“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 in your choice of matte or a glossy clear coat that shows 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.
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, such as 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 that benefits suspension action, ride quality and dynamic performance.
The Ford GT arrives standard with incredibly light, supercar-spec, 10-spoke forged aluminum wheels, sized 8.5x20 and 11.5x20 (front/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; all of which leads to greater comfort and refinement.
With optional carbon fiber wheels providing benefits in key areas, namely weight savings, vehicle dynamics, NVH and ride quality, it all adds up to be the perfect, innovative complement for the all-new Ford GT.
For more information be sure to head over to www.FordGT.com.