For those of you who have been eyeing a set of carbon fiber wheels, but haven’t purchased one before because of its price, now might be your chance. That’s because carbon fiber wheels are now cheaper than they ever were. But it still cannot be said that everyone can afford a set.
Koenigsegg was the first company that introduced carbon fiber wheels in 2012. Koenigsegg marketed this product as the “world’s first hollow one piece, super light carbon fiber wheel”. However, this was especially made for the Agera R hypercar, and for you to get your hands on these wheels, you were required to get the car as well.
This all changed when Carbon Revolution came into the picture as it is the only firm that commercially produces one-piece carbon fiber rims. Customers can simply swing by their shop and pick up a set of carbon fiber wheels. While this means that you won’t have to part with the amount needed to acquire a hypercar, these carbon fiber wheel still weren’t cheap by any standards. Carbon Revolution has a network of 20 dealerships in the United States, wherein interested clients can easily buy a set of the ultra-light wheels.
It is curious how this company was able to come up with a business case that makes it feasible to sell products for about $20,000. This company must have taken into consideration that there is a limit to how many people can afford those. Incidentally, the Australian company has also been supplying CF wheels for the Ford GT, and the Shelby GT350R Mustang (which comes as standard equipment). With the help of these companies, and some others Carbon Revolution is working with, they are now able to, and are happy to announce that the retail price has been reduced by 25 percent. That’s amazing news for those who have been saving up for CF wheels.
Today, you can get yourself the most affordable set at only $11,850 MSRP (that’s just a little less than a new Nissan Versa Sedan at $11,990 MSRP). We all agree that they’re not that affordable still, but just imagine a discount of $4,000. That’s already a pretty good deal.
Carbon fiber wheels benefit cars since the overall weight will significantly be reduced. Plus, it diminishes rotational inertia by 25 percent in the case of the Ford GT. They are approximately 2 pounds (0.9 kilos) lighter than the featherweight forged aluminum wheels that are standard with the Ford GT. The 20-inch carbon fiber wheels are available in two finishes: matte or glossy clearcoat.
With this huge price reduction, it’s only a matter of time before there will be more of these carbon fiber wheels seen on the road. Who knows, this may even signal the arrival of competitors from out of nowhere who will sell the same products for less.