Carbon Fiber – Moving Faster Than Ever

 

The Boeing Co. first used fiberglass in its 707 passenger jet in the 1950s, and it comprised roughly 2% of the structure. Since that time, each generation of Boeing aircraft has had an increased percentage of composite materials. Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner is approximately 50% (by weight) composites. Airbus, Boeing’s main competition in the large transport aircraft category, has countered with the A350, which makes extensive use of composites, as well, also roughly 50% by weight. Recently Ford announced details on what it calls the world’s first mass produced carbon fiber wheels for the new Shelby GT350R Mustang. The GT350R 19” wheels, made by Australia’s Carbon Revolution, are designed to be stiff, light and strong enough for everyday use. The stunning McLaren 570S 562 horsepower super car that weighs in at only 3189 pounds, thanks to the extensive use of carbon fiber. At the 2016 EICMA show in Milan Italy, Ducati launched the most powerful twin-cylinder production bike it ever produced, sitting on a carbon fiber frame and carbon fiber wheels. Not to be upstaged, the all new BMW HP4 Race motorcycle dances on carbon fiber wheels, frame and body panels.

Why are manufacturers using more carbon fiber? For the airline and aerospace industry, composites yield better fatigue and corrosion resistance and higher strength-to-weight ratios, provide for a more integrated structure, and increase the useful life and residual value of each aircraft. Further, composite resistance to condensation would allow engineers to increase cabin humidity to enhance passenger comfort. For the automotive and powersports industries the simplest way to get the most efficiency and power out of an engine is by giving it the least amount of weight to power. Carbon fiber wheels offer a wealth of advantages over traditional aluminum or steel wheels, including weight savings, improved vehicle dynamics and ride quality. Beyond simply reducing overall vehicle weight for improved acceleration, braking and dynamic performance, carbon fiber engenders a reduction in unsprung weight and rotational inertia, which benefits suspension action, ride quality and dynamic performance. The net benefit to design engineers is that you have a 40 to 60 percent reduction in unsprung mass – which can yield lighter, sharper steering, better handling, and even better acceleration, while reducing noise, vibration, and road harshness.

Brock’s Performance has been distributing carbon fiber wheels since 2008 and are recognized worldwide as a leading authority on the use and application in the powersports industry. With over 25,000 carbon fiber motorcycle wheels in use today, we have seen this super product evolve from blank-check motorsports to affordable wheels for production bikes.

OEM’s Are Lightening Up: The future looks bright for the continued use of composites in all industries. Material costs are coming in line with regard to the value the material can bring to the end product and these materials help enable cost reductions in other places in the production process. There’s also the bigger question of carbon fiber’s place in the powersports industry and Ducati’s investment in the technology just may be the stamp of approval carbon fiber needs. If such a huge company makes such a transformative change in the way it designs its bikes, that testifies to how promising carbon fiber technology can be for the powersports industry.

 

Check out the sampling of high performance motorcycles and automobiles from industry leading manufacturers. Companies like Ford, BMW and Ducati are held to the highest industry standards before they can come to market. Now, what are you waiting for?

 

 

 

Ford (2017) Mustang Shelby® GT350R:

 

Ebony Black-Painted Carbon Fiber Wheels

(Front – 11″ x 19″ / Rear – 11.5″ x 19″)

 

The Shelby® GT350R is a racing machine, pure and simple. It rides on 19-inch carbon fiber wheels, wrapped in Michelin® Pilot® Sport Cup 2 Tires. It sports a carbon fiber rear wing, a larger front splitter and unique chassis tuning that doesn’t make any compromises for day-to-day life on the road. Just as important as what the Shelby GT350R has, it’s what it doesn’t have to save as much weight as possible. So there’s no rear seat, rear view camera, audio system, SYNC®, auxiliary gauges, tire inflater and sealant kit, or USB port. There’s not even a floor mat. Don’t sweat that. You’ll be wiping your feet on the competition.

 

Learn More Here: http://www.ford.com/performance/gt350/

 


 

 

Ducati (2017) 1299 Superleggera:

 

BST 10-Spoke Carbon Fiber Wheels

(Front – 3.5″ x 17″ / Rear – 6″ x 17″)

 

Ducati takes the world of Supersport road bikes to a completely new level by presenting the 1299 Superleggera, the first street-legal production motorcycle with carbon fiber frame, swingarm, subframe and wheels. The 1299 Superleggera is the greatest expression of engineering, technology and performance ever put into mass production by a motorcycle manufacturer. The quintessence of Ducati is exclusive in everything, even in the limited number of these motorcycles produced: only 500, for a lucky few Ducatistas.

 

The carbon fiber wheels on the 1299 Superleggera reduce unsprung mass and lower the moment of inertia, resulting in greatly improved handling and quicker response. The overall weight reduction of 1.4 kg (3.1 lb.) for the pair of wheels compared to forged aluminum rims, guarantees a reduction in rolling inertia of 26% on the front and 58% on the rear.

 

Learn More Here: http://1299superleggera.ducati.com/en

 


 

 

VUHL (2017) 05RR Supercar:

 

BST Carbon Fiber Car Wheels

(Front – 8.5″ x 17″ / Rear – 10.5″ x 18″)

 

The VUHL 05RR, Mexico’s most exhilarating export and precision-engineered lightweight supercar. Road-registered but track-focused, the VUHL 05RR comes with full carbon fiber bodywork and a hybrid aluminum-carbon monocoque to trim its already low weight by over 10 percent to 640kg dry. Its highly efficient 2.3l Ecoboost engine, with 6-speed sequential gearbox, produces 385 horsepower, marking a gain of 100bhp over the original VUHL 05. BST carbon fiber car wheels making a huge difference – The resulting 600bhp-per-tonne statistic is greater than the Ferrari F12 TDF, McLaren P1 and Bugatti Veyron.

 

Zero to 62mph arrives in 2.7 seconds and it keeps climbing to 160mph. A lowered centre of gravity of 50mm and high speed steering rack result in the ultimate race car for the road.

 

Learn More Here: http://vuhl05.com/

 


 

 

Arch Motorcycles (2017) KRGT-1:

 

BST 5-Spoke Carbon Fiber Wheels

(Front – 3″ x 19″ / Rear – 8″ x 18″)

 

The KRGT-1 represents the culmination of years of design and R&D focused on producing a category-defying American motorcycle with real world ride-ability to match the meticulous craftsmanship. Its streamlined retro-modern styling brings the contours of the past into the present. The bike showcases over 200 parts created at the Arch production facility, each bike requiring 300-plus machine-hours using state-of-the-art CNC and water-jet machinery. Dozens of other proprietary parts are supplied by premium vendor/partners who share the same demanding standards.

 

Design, Technology, Craftsmanship, Horsepower, Torque, Fit and Finish all mean very little unless they support impressive real world performance and handling. ARCH Motorcycle Company has spared no expense or effort to achieve a top shelf ride experience unmatched in exotic motorcycling.

 

Learn More Here: http://www.archmotorcycle.com/

 


 

 

BMW (2017) HP4 RACE:

 

BMW In-House Carbon Fiber Wheels

(Front – 3.5″ x 17″ / Rear – 6″ x 17″)

 

At this year’s EICMA, BMW Motorrad reveals an initial glimpse of the most exclusive model in its history to date: the BMW HP4 RACE. It was initially left open as to how far the advanced prototype reflected what the final motorcycle would look like. The only definitive information provided by the Stephan Schaller, President BMW Motorrad, related to the frame and wheels: “The HP4 RACE will feature the full carbon fiber main frame and carbon fiber rims as shown here. We will reveal more about this model next spring.”

 

It is also certain that the BMW HP4 RACE will be manufactured by hand in an exclusive limited series and supplied in the second half of 2017.

 

Learn More Here: http://www.bmw-motorrad.com/com/en/index.html

 


 

 

Ariel (2017) Ace R (Limited Production):

 

BST 7-Spoke Carbon Fiber Wheels

(Front – 3.5″ x 17″ / Rear – 6″ x 17″)

 

Ariel announced the latest version of the Ace – the Ariel Ace R. Recognizable by the BST carbon fiber wheels and bodywork, black pearl frame and gold anodizing. The Ace R is a Limited Edition of which only 10 units will be made and sold worldwide. The Ace R will feature a tuned V4 1200 Honda engine offering a substantial increase in power over the standard Ace.

 

After launching the Ace in 2014 to considerable excitement and acclaim, Ariel have produced over 50 Ace motorcycles and gathered a wealth of experience with the bike. Further development of the Ace by Ariel and their partners has shown that the chassis will accommodate a considerable increase in power while remaining an easy to ride and flexible road bike. The Ace R brings this accumulated knowledge together in a very special and unique motorcycle.

 

Learn More Here: http://www.arielmotor.co.uk/ace/overview/

 


 

 

Norton (2017) V4 SS (Limited Production):

 

BST 7-Spoke Carbon Fiber Wheels

(Front – 3.5″ x 17″ / Rear – 6″ x 17″)

 

Lots of motorcycles claim to be bred on the racetrack, but the new Norton V4 SS is THE TT racer reborn. Developed at the world’s most rigorous racetrack – the Isle of Man TT, and now redefined for the road. The geometry, weight distribution and ergonomics were all tested and developed on the SG5 TT race bike which finished seventh at the Superbike TT and achieved a 131mph average speed lap in 2016 at the hands of Australian rider David Johnson.

 

The Norton V4 SS is outfitted with 7-spoke carbon fiber wheels, bodywork and fuel tank, all made by BST in South Africa. Making the V4 SS the first-ever street-legal motorcycle utilizing a carbon fiber fuel tank and the unpainted full carbon fiber bodywork is a sight to behold.

 

Learn More Here: http://www.nortonmotorcycles.com/bikes/new-v4.html

 


 

 

Now What Are You Waiting For?

 

Carbon Fiber is Performance. Brock’s Performance carries both BST and Rotobox carbon fiber wheels to give you the look and options you want when upgrading your motorcycle.

 

 

Available for 175 sportbikes, sport-tourers and cruisers from a dozen American, European and Japanese brands, all BST wheels are constructed in a one-piece, monocoque design and utilize carbon fiber strands woven in a unidirectional format, embedded in a resin matrix, cured in a high-pressure autoclave at 250 degrees and coated with a high-gloss finish. So what are you waiting for? Get the wheels you’ve always wanted for your bike today!

 

Weighing between 40 and 60 percent less than OEM wheels, BST wheels bestow sportbikes with sharper corner-carving abilities, faster acceleration, and quicker braking by weighing less than their production-bike counterparts. Lighter wheels are also easier for suspension systems to control over bumps and irregular surfaces, yielding more traction and unimpeded acceleration. Less rotating mass also equals less rider fatigue.

 

Click here to learn more about BST Carbon Fiber Wheels

Rotobox’s unique, carbon fiber monocoque wheels are immediately distinguishable by five wide, elliptical spokes, smooth rim surfaces and stunning billet aluminum hubs that can be customized during manufacturing by special order.

 

These blank canvases beg for artistic personalization. Riders can create one-off designs with Rotobox’s palette of colors, splashy graphics, stripes and logos, all protected by a choice of matte or glossy finishes that accentuate their carbon weaving.

 

Beautiful even in “stock” form, Rotobox wheels’ standard color scheme includes black hubs and 90-degree, red valve stems carved from aluminum billet, with red Rotobox logos.

 

Rotobox’s premium European wheels, made in Slovenia’s carbon-fiber district, enable nimbler handling, faster acceleration, improved suspension compliance and more effective braking by weighing up to 40 percent less than their OEM counterparts, thus reducing unsprung mass and gyroscopic effects in cornering. They are DOT- and JWL-approved, having met JASO T203-85 safety standards that include lab-based tests measuring cornering, radial, torsional and impact performance.

 

Click here to learn more about Rotobox Carbon Fiber Wheels

 

 

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