Get ready to option up your BMW with carbon fiber wheels

by Tim Jones on February 24, 2014, 8:31 pm
BMW i3 chassis

BMW is rumored to have invested over 1 billion euros in the BMW i3 and i8 with a large chunk of that going into carbon fiber R&D. The break through with the i3 and i8 is how BMW can mold the carbon fiber into parts that resemble traditional steel stamping and then glue those parts together to form the chassis of the i3 and i8.

BMW's engineers have now been tasked with finding other uses for this amazing technology. They've build a full carbon fiber steering wheel, a prototype X5 carbon fiber drive shaft and more impressively 100% carbon fiber wheels.

The technology has been developed for 100% carbon fiber wheels and hybrid wheels where the rim is carbon fiber and the center is an alloy metal.

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“We save 25 percent in weight compared to a forged alloy wheel with the hybrid wheel and another 10 percent if it’s completely carbon,” Mr Storkenmaier said.
The next hurdle is convincing regulators that the new technology is safe. It shouldn't be too hard for BMW to prove the strength of the wheels. You could be optioning your BMW M4 with carbon fiber wheels sooner then you think!

Source autoexpress


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2 responses to Get ready to option up your BMW with carbon fiber wheels

Road&MTN_Biker commented:
February 26, 2014, 5:47 pm

LOL, I have carbon fiber wheels on my carbon fiber Trek Domanie (road bike).
sixpot_simon commented:
March 21, 2014, 6:40 am

Should make a significant reduction in unsprung mass, which is always a good thing.