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Porsche launches world’s first braided carbon fibre wheels

Porsche launches world’s first braided carbon fibre wheels

Porsche has become the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer lightweight wheels with braided carbon fibre. The new carbon wheels will be available as an option for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series from the beginning of 2018. Together, these wheels weigh around 8.5 kg, 20 per cent lighter than standard alloy wheels. In Germany, the price will be EUR 15,232 including VAT, said a press statement on the company website.

Manufactured entirely from carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), the wheel is essentially comprised of two components. The wheel centre is made from carbon-fibre fabric. This involves cutting and assembling over 200 individual components. The second component is the rim base made from braided carbon fibre. The wheel centre is then braided into the rim base. The assembled wheel is impregnated with resin and pre-hardened at high pressure and high temperatures. The finished wheel is hardened at 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 offers key advantages over the more conventional method of manufacturing pre-impregnated carbon-fibre fabric. Porsche is the first company in the global automotive industry to use this extremely complex technology.

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