What was once the material of machines streaking across the sky, has quickly made its way into the automobile industry. We’re talking about carbon fiber. The strongest carbon fibers are stronger than steel, yet lighter than aluminum. It uses range from body pieces to helmets, and all sorts of products in between. One area it is finally making its way into is wheels. The motorcycle industry has had carbon fiber wheels for a few years, but not until relatively recently have automobiles featured carbon wheels.
Forgeline, a big player in the aftermarket wheel industry, is pushing into the carbon wheel territory with their Carbon+Forged Series line of wheels. A point of interest, these wheels have proven to be very strong. During testing, by an independent testing facility, an intentionally damaged carbon wheel still exceeded aluminum wheel standards.
Forgeline Carbon+Forged Wheels With Emergent Carbon Rims
DAYTON, Ohio – Racing wheel expert Forgeline Motorsports has entered an exciting new partnership with EMERGENT Carbon Wheels and launched its Carbon+Forged Series, a new line of two-piece carbon fiber and forged aluminum ultra-high performance wheels.
The company that is known for its unyielding commitment to technology and performance innovation is taking another leap forward with the new wheel line that combines weight-optimized CNC machined forged aluminum centers with Emergent’s revolutionary proprietary carbon fiber barrels. The innovative made-to-order wheel series delivers the ultimate in technological advancement, exclusive styling and unprecedented lightweight performance.
Forgeline’s Carbon+Forged wheels are engineered to an entirely new set of appearance and performance standards, featuring super lightweight carbon fiber barrels that utilize a high-density carbon fiber bundle, a high-clarity resin system and an unusually large carbon weave pattern. These high-tech characteristics create rims that are visually distinctive and 42% lighter than equivalent aluminum wheels. The weight reduction is achieved in the wheel’s most critical outer perimeter where the greatest reduction in unwanted inertia is achieved for real-world improvements in acceleration, braking, cornering, ride quality, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), driver/passenger comfort and fuel economy.
The superior quality carbon fiber barrels of Forgeline’s Carbon+Forged wheels are engineered and tested to deliver industry-leading levels of fatigue strength, impact and damage resistance and deflection stiffness. Tested by an independent automotive industry laboratory, they have proven to be incredibly strong and robust, exceeding all existing SAE and TUV test specifications and surpassing the AK-LH 08 Radial Impact Test standard.
The first wheels to be released from Forgeline’s new Carbon+Forged Series are the lightweight racing-inspired CF201 (featuring a five V-spoke design and aggressive I-beam machining details) and the style-conscious CF202 (featuring a unique directional split-5 spoke design). Available in 20- and 21-inch fitments, both wheels are uniquely engineered for exclusive modern sports cars, including the Corvette Z06, Ferrari 458/488, Audi R8, Acura NSX, Lamborghini Huracan/Aventedor, Porsche 918/GT3/GT3RS, as well as Aston Martin, McLaren, Mercedes, and BMW models.
- Ultra lightweight construction improves acceleration, braking, cornering, ride quality, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), driver/passenger comfort and fuel economy
- High-tech characteristics create rims that are visually distinctive and 42% lighter than equivalent aluminum wheels
- Tested to deliver industry-leading levels of fatigue strength, impact and damage resistance and deflection stiffness
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