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Porsche to debut braided carbon fibre wheels in 2018


German based high performance sports car manufacturer Porsche AG claimed to have manufactured wheels entirely from carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP).

Porsche is the only car company that masters the complex technology by braiding 18 km of carbon fibre strands to form the outer rim, joined to a center.

The wheel is essentially comprised of two components – the wheel center is made from carbon-fibre fabric, which involves cutting and assembling over 200 individual components.

The second component is the rim base made from braided carbon fibre by what is currently the world’s largest carbon fibre braiding machine with a diameter of approximately nine metres. The wheel center is then braided into the rim base.

The assembled wheel is impregnated with resin and pre-hardened at high pressure and high temperatures followed by a long cooling process. The central lock is then inserted into the finished wheel and the wheel is protected with clear lacquer.

The braiding technology makes the material structure of the carbon considerably denser rigid, and more compact.

The carbon fibre wheels are lighter and much stronger than alloy wheels. The wheels weigh 20% lighter or around 8.5 kilograms less than standard alloy wheels and 20% stronger.

Available commercially from the beginning of 2018, the new carbon wheels will be available as an option for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series in the dimensions of 9 J x 20 for the front axle and 11.5 J x 20 for the rear axle in the German market in EUR 15,232 including VAT.

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