Carbon Fiber is one of the most expensive options you can get on a car even as an aftermarket option. Carbon Wheels which were never an option on cars only a few years back are now being made available. Even if you can have them, it is now of the single most expensive options on a car.
An aftermarket carbon wheel still costs well over $15,000 if you can get your hands on one. OEM’s charge even more for this limited set of ultra-lightweight wheels.
Ford has even joined the game but makes it a bit affordable as a package. Here are some cars that offer carbon wheels from the factory:
1. Renault Megane RS Trophy R
The Renault Megane RS trophy R is the most hardcore version of the Renault Megane. It’s also the most expensive hot hatch on sale at more than $90,000.
Many weight-saving techniques were used on this car in order to get the very light car to be lighter. The most expensive option has to be the carbon fiber wheels made by Carbon revolution.
These carbon wheels help reduce rotational mass and weigh 4.4lbs less than its normal lightweight wheels.
2. Ford GT
The Ford GT is an American supercar with great performance and design. But the twin-turbo V6 is not the only new thing on the car. The Ford GT also features optional carbon fiber wheels which have not been offered on the GT before. The GT is the second car in the Ford lineup to have these wheels. These wheels are lighter and stronger than the forged aluminum wheels and save 2lbs of unsprung weight on each side. To replace a set of these wheels will cost more than $14,000 for a set.
3. Ford Shelby GT500
The Ford Shelby GT500 is the most powerful version of the mustang. But it is not the first mustang to come with carbon-fiber wheels. Carbon wheels for Ford were first put on the Shelby GT350R. These wheels are optional extras along with the carbon fiber track package which cost $18,500. They weigh only 17lbs each.
4. Ferrari 488 Pista
Ferrari 488 Pista is the lighter, faster track-focus version of the Ferrari 488 GTB. The carbon-fiber wheels are an option on this car and cost more than $20,000 if ordered directly from the factory. They help the car achieve hard acceleration, sharper turn-in, and the ability to take corners at higher speeds. This is also the first Ferrari to offer these wheels as an option as they were not available on the LaFerrari.
5. Ferrari SF90 Stradale (Assetto Fiorano)
The Ferrari SF90 is the first plug-in hybrid made by Ferrari, it is also the most powerful car in the brand’s lineup. The Assetto Fiorano is an optional lightweight package that includes lightweight titanium springs, a titanium exhaust system, and a slightly higher wing. The carbon fiber wheels are also part of the Assetto Fiorano package. It weighs just 19.2 lbs and costs more than $50,000 to replace.
6. Koenigsegg Agera RS
Carbon fiber wheels have been a part of Koenigsegg since the Agera. But the Agera RS makes better use of them since improved aero and more power. The Aircore wheels are hollow by design and are 40% lighter than the standard wheels while remaining just as strong. They weigh approximately 13 lbs each and the only metal piece found on the wheels are the tire valves.
7. Koenigsegg Regera
The is the first GT car Koenigsegg has made geared towards comfort instead of all-out performance. But that doesn’t stop it from benefiting from lightweight parts. It has the most unique carbon fiber wheel design on sale. Most wheels are normally straight making them easy to manufacture. Carbon wheels are already hard to manufacture but Koenigsegg has gone one step further by making the spokes on the wheels curved.
8. Koenigsegg Jesko
The Koenigsegg Jesko is the latest hypercar from the Swedish manufacturer now making 1600 horsepower. A lot of new innovations have come with this car and the use of Carbon-fiber is ever-present. Lightweight forged aluminum wheels come as standard but connection still offers its optional Aircore super-light carbon-fiber wheels. They now have a slightly different design shaving off little weight where necessary. Koenigsegg aims to hit the 300 mph mark with the Jesko Absolut.
9. Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive
Not even the 918 Spyder has the option of carbon fiber wheels. But the portion 911 turbo s exclusive comes complete with carbon fiber wheels. Porsche is also the first automaker to utilize braided carbon fiber wheels which are more rigid and compact than normal carbon wheels. They are 20% lighter and stronger than the regular alloy wheels. Porsche has put these wheels on the rigorous testing process to make sure they’re safe for road use.
10. Mclaren Senna (carbon theme)
The McLaren Senna is built as a car with the sole purpose of demolishing times on a racetrack. The car was already light weighing in at 2700lbs (1224 kg).
The carbon theme Senna is a bespoke project by McLaren MSO exposing every carbon fiber panel on the car. But it now also features a carbon fiber wheel which weighs only 16.5 lbs. While a brand new McLaren Senna would cost you a bit over $1M, the carbon-themed Senna is an extra $400,000.
Carbon Fiber wheels are a big advantage as they reduce weight significantly. But at the price they’re being offered would you consider buying one? For that amount, some nice set of wheels could be bought for 3 cars but let us know what you would do.