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FORD EXPLORING CARBON FIBER WHEELS FOR TRUCKS AND SUVS

Lighter Wheels Means More Energy Efficiency

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Carbon fiber wheels reduce the mass of a vehicle, which can lead to improved responsiveness and handling on the most demanding performance cars. Ford was one of the first manufacturers to put carbon wheel technology on its performance cars. We covered in the past that carbon fiber could be the future of wheels in the automotive industry. Now it looks like Ford intends to explore the expansion of the technology to trucks and SUVs to take advantage of the efficiency gains.

Carbon Fiber Wheels: The Future of Automobiles

Australia’s CarExpert spoke with vehicle program director for Ford Icons and Ford Performance, Ali Jammoul, who had stated that Ford is investigating how the technology can benefit the driving experience for Ford’s SUV and pickup truck customers. Carbon fiber can cut the energy required to rotate the wheel, which immediately translates to a reduction in energy consumption. Carbon fiber wheel design also improves steering feel. For electric vehicles, in particular, less weight in the wheel means enhanced range and hastened recharging.

Carbon Revolution Carbon Fiber Wheel

Jammoul stated that the technology can be migrated to trucks and SUVs; customers love it and are “willing to pay.” Ford, along with many other manufacturers, currently source carbon wheels from Australian manufacturer Carbon Revolution. These wheels allow manufacturers to chase every last weight-saving possibility without affecting the vehicle’s performance. We’re likely going to see carbon wheels found on more electric vehicles than ICE ones, but that’s not to say that they aren’t beneficial to both powertrains.

Carbon Revolution, in particular, puts all of its new products through a lengthy process of design and testing for each wheel. After taking a proposed design, they simulate its performance against fatigue and impacts, considering everything down to the type of resin used and the carbon weave direction in each layer to ensure optimum durability. After achieving sim approval, the wheels take on real-world testing; all of Carbon Revolution’s wheels undergo an unseen life of testing and abuse and more testing before rolling into a customer’s driveway.

With Ford looking at adding this technology to their trucks and SUVs, it’ll only be a matter of time before other manufacturers follow suit.

Carbon Revolution Corvette Z06 Wheel

Written by Zac Quinn

Zac's love for cars started at a young age, after seeing the popular Eleanor from Gone In 60 Seconds. From there, fascination and enthusiasm blossomed and to this day the Ford Mustang remains a favorite. His first job started out detailing cars, but also provided the opportunity to work on restoration including an 1968 Ford Mustang, Ford Firebird, and a C3 Corvette, though he left that job before further work and experience could be had. From there, he was a detailer at a car dealership before quitting that job to try and finish college.

Much of his free time while studying was spent watching YouTube videos regarding new cars, or off-roading. 4WD247 is a personal favorite channel which rekindled a dying flame in car enthusiasm, now tailored towards trucks and SUVs and the fun that can be had building up an overlanding rig, and going on adventures, though, that chapter remains unwritten for the time being.

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    1. Seriously ? What a joke, sharper steering !
      But here is a performance tip. At the end of tail pipe end attach 20 oz. Budweiser cans by cutting out the top and bottom, cutting slots at the attachment point then use SS hose clamps to attach.. Test have shown this improves 0-60 times by .25 seconds !

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