Do you know which company is planning on rolling out carbon-fiber wheels as optional equipment for its performance cars? General Motors revealed its plan, the timing is still unclear, though the idea might be a very good one.
This GM plan could possibly hit on Carbon Revolution, the Australian company that is already providing carbon-fiber wheels for Ford GT and Mustang Shelby GT350R. William Rodgers, admitted that cars like Cadillac V-Series are some great candidates to try this new plan on. Costumers will probably want to see it on Chevy Camaro and Corvette too, so who knows what GM will be doing next in order to surprise us.
Though carbon-wheels are already available in the aftermarket you can rarely buy them from an automaker. They might be expensive, but still lighter than other materials. GM thinks it may reduce the vehicles weight by 35 pounds. It could also bring to a new type of dynamics driving, it will get improved a lot because it's stiffer and provides the wheels with lower unsprung and rotational mass.
The wheels are tested by GM, the company wants to see how it will handle photoles and general wear-and-tear. Repair costs are also being examined, but changing your usual wheel to the carbon ones is going to be a good strategy. The more wheels the company will produce the lower the price for them will fall, at least that's what the company is expecting for.