Ford GT Bare Carbon Wheel Debuts


ChipBeck

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First order of business.

Gentlemen,

I obviously don't have any experience with such a wheel but it would seem that the inevitable stone chips would be less noticeable on a matte finished CF wheel than on a gloss finished unit. Same goes for the trim, especially around the grill area that will get a lot of hits, especially here in AZ. This is a great thing to concern myself with this morning. Cosmetic durability of a finish I haven't seen on a car I don't own (yet). :willy :willy :willy

Chip
 

Brombear

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I read that, but having an absolute number would be crystal clear.
 

Specracer

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I'm guessing, that info, with all the other specs we are yearning for, we will have to wait longer for...
 

mmlcobra

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Those look great!!!!!!!!!
 

ByeEnzo

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Damn sexy!
 

KJD

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Stunning.

The future is now.
 

Cobrar

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Sadly, they probably look best on a black (Specracer) car. :))


I don't follow the competition as closely as some here do. What other manufacturers offer a carbon wheel as available from the factory?
 

DBK

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Nobody.
 

PILOTJPW1

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That's less than I thought and not a bad price.
That is replacement price. I don't think your going to call in and add them to the GT or a GT350 for any amount for many years.
 

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;-))
 

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That's any easy box to check now. Those would look awesome on the 350R too.
 

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Gentlemen,

I obviously don't have any experience with such a wheel but it would seem that the inevitable stone chips would be less noticeable on a matte finished CF wheel than on a gloss finished unit. Same goes for the trim, especially around the grill area that will get a lot of hits, especially here in AZ. This is a great thing to concern myself with this morning. Cosmetic durability of a finish I haven't seen on a car I don't own (yet). :willy :willy :willy

Chip
yes but guessing you could have the CF parts and front of the car wrapped with the Xpel protective coating or something similar... not sure about the wheels though? I have the matte finish on one of my current cars and don't really care for the look... if I am selected it will be gloss with Xpel.
 

Mullet

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gloss carbon ftw
 

beckertb

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Looks superb. Just imagine your local tire shop cringe when you need a tire change....
 

w.a.nelson

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Just imagine YOUR cringing when your local tire shop touches these!

One of the major after market accessory suppliers - someone like Griot? - offers a fixture to mount wheels and hang them off the wall for display purposes.

If you get a new GT, you can hang your spares up.

In the more likely case of no NGT, you can buy a set and display them, waiting for the secondary market to develop.

In any event, absolutely stunning!
 

ChipBeck

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I read that, but having an absolute number would be crystal clear.
Gentlemen,

That article said they weighed 2 pounds less than the already super light aluminum wheels and that was a 25% savings so the aluminum wheels must be about 8 pounds each and the CF wheels about 6 pounds each. If the article was referring to a 25% weight savings on a wheel/tire combination (which I doubt) then the CF wheels would have to weigh about half as much as the aluminum wheels. It's almost certainly the former. Cheers.

Chip
 

DBK

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Now that would be a light ass wheel. :lol

It was a 25% reduction in inertia, not weight.
 

soroush

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I think they look great, but am I the only one who wants to know how do you repair them when you get rock chips or worse curb them?:eek
 

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Me thinks if the wheels weigh in at the mid or high teens, then they have hit the mark!
 

DBK

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Me thinks if the wheels weigh in at the mid or high teens, then they have hit the mark!
The R wheels are 18 lbs. I assume these are a little heavier being that they are a little bigger and a more "designed" shape. Beyond outright weight, the CF wheel is supposed to be a benefit for driving dynamics and NVH, so even though the weight differential isn't that big they are still desirable.

GT350R is F 19 x 11 and R 19 x 11.5, these are F 20 x 8.5 and R 20 x 11.5.