Video: How Porsche’s new AED65,000 carbon fibre wheels are made

Posted on Aug 19, 2017 by

Watch how the world’s largest braiding machine makes ’s new AED65,000 optional carbon fibre wheels

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The optional carbon fibre wheels save a total of 8.5kg. Scroll down for video

When Porsche launched the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series the Germans raised a few eyebrows, by increasing the power by nearly 30 horsepower for a 607bhp total, boosting the torque, and speccing the launch model in enough Golden Yellow Metallic paint to make a Chechen gangster blush.

Limited to 500 examples worldwide, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series was released in our region at a price of AED880,900, which is about 180 grand over the standard Turbo S and 300 grand more expensive than the 911 Turbo. But of course in the realm of exclusivity and exotic car owners, that’s not nearly expensive enough.

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The wheels are only available for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series, yours from AED880,900…

Which is why Porsche has now released a new option exclusively for the Exclusive Series, in the form of 20-inch carbon fibre wheels that cost a staggering AED65,000 a set. The Germans say Porsche’s now become the first manufacturer to offer braided carbon fibre wheels as an option.

As a set, the wheels save 8.5kg over regular old alloy wheels, which is a reduction of 20 percent, while providing a strength increase of 20 percent to boot. With this reduced unsprung weight, lower rotating masses allow the vehicle to accelerate, brake, and handle better.

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The world’s largest braiding machine makes each wheel using 18km of carbon fibre weave

Essentially made of two main parts, each wheel features a centre made of carbon fibre fabric assembled from 200 individual components, and a rim made of braided carbon fibre, similar to the technique Lexus famously used for its LFA braided roof pillars.

Porsche needed what is currently the biggest carbon fibre braiding machine in the world, measuring nine metres across. The company says this complex tech makes stronger carbon fibre parts with higher density yet using less material. Each wheel is made from a total of 18 kilometers of thin, woven carbon fibre.

The new wheels will be available for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series as an option from the beginning of next year. Watch the clip below offering a glimpse into how Porsche makes these ultra-complex wheels happen.

 

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