Carbon fiber is a great piece of technology. It can replace metals in many instances, including car wheels like the new Aircore wheels from Koenigsegg, which come with the auto maker’s new 2013 Agera R automobile. These are made from pure carbon fiber, with the spokes and hub of the wheel being completely hollow and constructed in one piece.
Koenigsegg says that the only metal part of the wheel is the air valve that allows for filling up the tire. The company also claims that the wheel’s strength is “much higher than any forged aluminium wheel,” and it weighs a lot less than a traditional wheel. According to the auto maker, it’s carbon fiber wheel weighs 40% less than a forged aluminum wheel.
The video above demonstrates the lightness of the Aircore wheels, and while Koenigsegg didn’t reveal any technical specifications for the new carbon fiber wheel, we can clearly tell that the wheel has “5950 gram” inscribed on the wall of the wheel, which converts to around 13 pounds, which is quite impressive.
As for the car that the new wheels are being equipped on, the Agera R is claimed to have a top speed of 273 mph, which is faster than the Bugatti Veyron, which recently held the record for the world’s fastest car. Koenigsegg says that the Agera R can go from 0 mph to 200 mph in 17.68 seconds, and vice versa in just 7.28 seconds.