Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is a mass-produced car model inspired by car racing technology. The most interesting part of this car is its wheels as they are made from carbon fiber. These wheels are produced specifically for Koenigsegg hypercars and thus the car model will be the world’s first mass-produced car which will be running on carbon fiber wheels.
According to Ford, the carbon fiber wheels weigh about 18 pounds each whereas the conventional aluminum wheel weighs about 33 pounds each. Therefore, there is a total of 60-pound reduction in unsprung weight and about 40% drop in rotational inertia. The wheels are measured 19 x 11 inches up front with extra half-inch of width out back. On top of that, it is wrapped with hyper-sticky Michelin Pilot Sports Cup 2 tires with a unique tread compound and construction.
The carbon fiber wheels are produced by Carbon Revolution of Australia. They required special coating to protect the carbon fiber resins from UV degradation and road salt. The curb-impact test was running so smooth until it was needed to be run twice just to be sure.
Unfortunately, Ford GT350R needs to be tested a few more time before it is released to the market. It is expected to be released at the end of this year.