One of the major rumors surrounding the C8 Corvette Z06 is an option for carbon fiber wheels. Carbon fiber wheels offer the reduction of unsprung mass for better performance and handling, so we know why Corvette engineers would be interested in offering such an option.
Carbon Revolution has been considered the most logical vendor for the wheels as they are currently an OEM provider of carbon fiber wheels with customers that include Ford and Ferrari.
It was back in February this year that a set of Carbon Revolution carbon fiber wheels sized for the C8 Corvette with GM part numbers showed up for sale on an eBay auction. The description called them “OEM test/validation wheels” and photos show the two individual labels affixed to the wheels.
One of the current cars running Carbon Revolution wheels is the Ford Shelby GT500. According to Austin Everett, aka Speed Phenom, the visible carbon fiber wheels come with the Carbon Fiber Track Pack which is an option that adds $18,500 to the price of the Shelby GT500.
In his latest video, Speed Phenom shows us what can happen when these carbon fiber wheels take a hard hit. Without sharing any details about the cause of the accident, all we know is that one of the carbon fiber wheels on his friend’s Ford Shelby GT500 shattered after impact with pieces of the pricey material scattered across the road.
The comment section of Austin’s video is interesting with some saying they would only keep the wheels on the car while tracking it (and making sure to trailer to and from the track as well), while others say they wouldn’t trust a carbon fiber wheel at all…a belief that’s reinforced by the staggering replacement cost should something happen while driving.
As C7 Corvette Z06 and Grand Sport owners are already dealing with wheel issues, the thought of having to replace a $4,500 wheel may be asking too much.
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