Report: Ford GT to Use Carbon-Fiber Wheels?

The Ford GT supercar may soon share one clever piece of weight-reduction technology with the Shelby GT350R Mustang. Although Australia’s Cars Guide says the Ford GT could also use carbon-fiber wheels to help shave pounds, Ford officials say a final decision has yet to be made.

“We are looking at a carbon-fiber wheel option for the Ford GT, but have not provided any specifics on the supplier,” Ford spokesman Paul Seredynski told AUTOMOBILE.

Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang Carbon Fiber Wheel

Ford plans to use Australian supplier Carbon Revolution to produce the carbon-fiber wheels on the 2016 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang, and thus Cars Guide says the company will also used carbon rolling stock for the Ford GT. The GT’s bodywork is already made from the strong and light material to keep its curb weight as low as possible, so fitting the car with low-mass wheels would be a logical step. Ford’s Seredynski acknowledges that the company, “will continue to work with them [Carbon Revolution] on the technology.”

On the GT350R, Ford says each carbon-fiber wheel is 15 lb lighter than a standard alloy wheel. Despite the reduced mass, Ford claims the wheels are just as durable as regular ones: The wheels are x-rayed after production to check for cracks or other defects, and during testing Ford performed multiple “curb strike” and other durability tests to ensure the wheels will hold up to real-world use.

The Ford GT will use a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that’s expected to produce more than 600 hp, with a dual-clutch automatic transmission sending power to the rear wheels. Active aerodynamics, including a movable rear wing, will help keep the car planted to the ground at speed. Ford is also taking the GT racing, and will enter the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans with a race-ready version of the new car.

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