Vitesse-AuDessus reveals one-piece carbon fiber wheels


Earlier this month, we wrote about the stunning work Maryland firm Vitesse-AuDessus is doing rendering the bodies of supercars like Ferrari's LaFerrari in pure carbon fiber.

And now, customers who've chosen to give their cars the treatment can get a set of wheels to match.

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While bespoke options are always available, the company has released OEM replacement versions for a wide variety of performance machinery, including the Ferrari 458, Lamborghini Aventador and Porsche 918 Spyder. According to CEO Stefany Sanchez, in addition to looking dead-sexy, the wheels can reduce unsprung weight by as much as 50%, which should make for an noticeable performance increase. 

The average weight per wheel is a svelte 13 pounds.

While Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] is working to mass produce carbon fiber wheels for its forthcoming Mustang Shelby GT350R, the process favored by Vitesse-AuDessus is akin to what a Formula One team or boutique builders like Koenigsegg follow.

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Each wheel begins with sheets of carbon fiber pre-impregnated with resin. The material is then hand-laid into an CNC-milled aluminum mold, and hardened in an autoclave. Now, we're certain Vitesse-AuDessus would paint the final product, but it'd be a shame to cover up such gorgeous work. Orders can be completed in just three to four weeks.

As you'd expect, that attention to detail doesn't come cheap. Equipping each corner with OEM replacements starts at $8,875, and prices for the bespoke orders begin at $10,125 per wheel. We're not sure what beautiful, high-end handiwork we'll see from Vitesse-AuDessus next, but we'll keep you posted.  

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