At present, Koenigsegg is the only automaker in the world making carbon fiber wheels for its products. The company has been doing so for the past couple of years, and the latest recipient of its lightweight and extremely strong wheels is the One:1 supercar, the most powerful production car ever launched.
In the latest episode of Inside Koenigsegg from YouTube channel /DRIVE, Koenigsegg CEO and founder Christian von Koenigsegg shows us the ins and outs of making a wheel out of carbon fiber. He explains that the carbon fiber wheels are not only tougher than forged aluminum sets, which most high-performance cars use, but they’re also around 40 percent lighter--a single wheel on the One:1 supercar weighs just under 6 kilograms (13.2 pounds).
Only the toughest carbon fiber is used, pre-preg, like that used in Formula One, and the wheel, including the outer rim, spokes and barrel, is a single unit. The only part that isn’t carbon fiber is the tiny metal air valve. Incredibly, the carbon fiber wheels are so perfectly balanced that a counterweight for the tiny air valve is needed.
Note, you don’t have to buy a Koenigsegg if you want carbon fiber wheels on your own car. Aftermarket firms such as Australia’s Carbon Revolution make carbon fiber wheels for a range of models.
You can view previous Inside Koenigsegg episodes in the links below: