Ford GT Supercar Coming With Carbon Fiber Wheels

Viknesh Vijayenthiran

Australia’s Carbon Revolution was selected by the Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] to supply carbon fiber wheels for the new Mustang Shelby GT350R and soon the contract could be expanded to include the new GT supercar as well. So far the GT has only been shown with aluminum wheels.

The latest information was first reported by Carsguide which attended the opening of a new plant that will see Carbon Revolution increase production of its lightweight yet sturdy wheels. Also in attendance was Ford Performance chief engineer Jamal Hameedi who said Ford discovered Carbon Revolution while searching for suppliers for the new Shelby GT350R and GT.

Ford is yet to confirm its new GT will feature carbon fiber wheels but the move is likely given the steep pricing of the car and the benefits carbon fiber wheels bring. The benefits include a 40-50 percent weight reduction in unsprung mass as well as a reduction in noise, vibration and harshness due to the natural damping properties of carbon fiber.

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Motor Authority