There are two most common conventional ways to make a car’s performance better: mechanically and/or technologically alter the engine or decrease the vehicle’s overall weight. Obviously, the latter seems the easier of the two. But, we’ve reached a point where even cutting weight can be an incredible task. Luckily, the folks at Porsche are up to it – having just released their brand new braided carbon fiber wheels.
Crafted from a carbon fiber reinforced polymer (or CFRP), these wheels – or, more specifically, the outer rims – are made using the world’s largest carbon fiber braiding machine. And the second part, the center, is made from over 200 separate components. The wheels also undergo a sophisticated resin-injecting and high-temperature pre-hardening process, resulting in wheels that are 20% stronger and over 18.7 pounds lighter than traditional alloys. But, they are also super exclusive – available in 2018 on the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series only, for now. And they’re a costly addition, clocking in at about $17,917 USD for the upgrade.