A 19-inch wheel that weighs 13 pounds? That's umpossible! It is, unless you make it out of something like pre-preg carbon fiber. Of course, you can only get these wheels with a particular Swedish car that costs seven figures.
Most car nerds know that lightweight wheels improve a car's responsiveness by reducing rotational unsprung mass. This week on /INSIDE KOENIGSEGG 2, Christian Von K gives us the insider's tour of how the company builds the carbon-fiber wheels for its new One:1 "megacar" that can stand up to its theoretical 280 mph top speed.
Koenigsegg is the first car manufacturer to offer carbon fiber wheels on a production vehicle. These wheels provide a 40 percent weight savings over the lightest forged aluminum wheels you can get, Von Koenigsegg says.
What about all the heat from those huge brakes, you ask? Good question. Christian says that was the company's biggest challenge. Watch and find out how he came up with a solution.
(In case you missed last week's episode about the One:1's active rear wing (carbon-fiber geeks should not miss it), go watch it now.)