Braided Carbon Wheels for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

August 28 2017

Porsche has become the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer lightweight wheels with braided carbon fiber. They are available now as an option for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Together, the innovative wheels weigh around 8.5 kilograms less than standard alloy wheels, which is a reduction of 20 per cent. They are also 20 per cent stronger.

Manufactured entirely from carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP), the wheel is essentially comprised of two components. The wheel center is made from carbon-fiber fabric. The second component is the rim base made from braided carbon fiber by what is currently the world’s largest carbon fiber braiding machine with a diameter of approximately nine meters.

Porsche is the first company in the global automotive industry to use this extremely complex technology. The braiding technology offers key advantages over the more conventional method of manufacturing pre-impregnated carbon-fiber fabric. The new carbon wheel is made from a total of 18 kilometers carbon fiber or eight square meters of carbon-fiber fabric.

For identifying growth opportunities for carbon fiber in the global automotive composites market, please visit http://www.lucintel.com/carbon_fiber_in_automotive_composites_2016.aspx

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