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.
The optional wheels will be offered in two finishes, either a matte or a glossy clearcoat, allowing the natural weave of carbon fiber to show through. The finishes will match the exposed carbon fiber on the Ford GT’s sills, fascia and extractor. “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,” Dave Pericak, Ford Performance global director, said.
Carbon fiber wheels bring a wealth of advantages over traditional aluminium wheels, including weight saving, improved vehicle dynamics and ride quality, making the innovative material the perfect complement for the new Ford GT.
In addition to reducing the overall vehicle weight for improved acceleration, braking and dynamic performance, the strong, light nature of carbon fiber means a reduction in unsprung weight and rotational inertia, which benefits suspension action, ride quality and dynamic performance.
The standard, 20-inch Ford GT wheels are made from lightweight, forged aluminum. The optional carbon fiber wheels are the same size, but are structurally stiffer, and save almost a kilogram of unsprung weight per wheel, reducing inertia by 25 per cent.
This weight saving reduces the suspension workload and improves consistent contact with the road surface, further improving traction and driver control. Less energy is required to accelerate or turn the wheels, directly benefitting the Ford GT’s steering feel, vehicle dynamics, and fuel efficiency. Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) is also reduced with the carbon fiber wheel, providing a quieter ride, leading to greater comfort and refinement.