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    do you think gm will offer carbon fiber wheels as a stand alone option or as part of a performance option package for the c8?

    or not at all?

    ford has been able to offer it as a 10grand R package on the gt350R..

    i think the ten grand option package on the mustang gt350r was value packed...

    if gm offered that type of package on a c8for ten grand inclusive of similiar performance upgrades...

    id drop the ten grand for that type of thing on a c8..

    how about you?

    if anyone wants to start this over as a poll be my guest...
    Starts
    08-22-2018
    Ends
    08-22-2018

  • #2
    With the roads in the NE, as a daily driver, no. If a track car, I would have to consider it, but $2500 a wheel is expensive. It all depends on how much of a performance boost they would provide.

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    • #3
      Maybe...
      Carbon fiber is the automobile’s future, and today’s frontier is the wheel: exploring the myths and realities of using the material.
      My C8:
      '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020; Delivery July 1, 2020

      Current Vettes:
      '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
      '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
      '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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      • #4
        I'm looking but don't see anything specific to the wheels . Let me know if Im missing it .. Thanks

        Scott
        A thought if I might ...

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        • #5
          Carbon fiber rims would be a great option, but who will remount tires on them. I can’t I imagine the tire jockey at a GM dealer mounting tires on a CF rim. Look at all the standard rims bent, scratched, and chipped during tire changes. Last
          run flat tires I replaced, they had 3 people working on the so called touchless tire machine. And they did “ touch” one rim and scratched it.
          all said, for the performance benefits of a CF rim, I would buy them.
          3LT Long Beach Red , Z51, FE4 , ZZ3, Black interior ,38S red stitching, Q8T, FA5, ER1, CFX, and R8C

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          • #6
            Thanks Mobius for that link. CF rims could well be standard on the ZORA version, be optional starting on the year two, Z06 equivalent one. For cost containment reasons, we will not see it as standard on next year’s ME.

            However, the attraction of CF wheel’s lower unsprung weight is a very exciting one. Hope it is an option.
            GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Racer86 View Post
              Carbon fiber rims would be a great option, but who will remount tires on them. I can’t I imagine the tire jockey at a GM dealer mounting tires on a CF rim. Look at all the standard rims bent, scratched, and chipped during tire changes. Last
              run flat tires I replaced, they had 3 people working on the so called touchless tire machine. And they did “ touch” one rim and scratched it.
              all said, for the performance benefits of a CF rim, I would buy them.

              Thansk Racer86 — but even reading your post was painful. Wow, I had not thought of that. Yes, WAY too many metal C7 rims have been damaged due to what should have been routine tire changes. My getting four new Michelins at 15,000 took literally 12 hours, over three days, for them to accomplish it — though thankfully no rim damage. We all know several folks who had problems way more worse than mine.

              I am grimacing at the thought of a cracked CF rim. If I were to get them down the road on my Z06 version, I would always be having my dealership due that, so that their would be not questions/issues of their buying me a new ME, CF wheel if something horrid were to happen.
              GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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              • #8
                A Koenigsegg CF wheel weighs-in at 14.5 lb, which is about 1/2 the weight of a typical C7 wheel (if I recall correctly).

                For reference, the optional C5 magnesium wheels weigh-in at around 17 lb for the fronts, and around 19 lb for the rears.
                 
                Last edited by Mobius; 08-22-2018, 12:51 PM.
                My C8:
                '20 Elkhart Lake Blue 2LT Coupe, Natural Interior, GT2 Two-Tone Seats, Performance Exhaust, Front Lift, Carbon Flash Wheels, Engine Appearance Package 2000 Status December 27, 2019; 3000 Status January 2, 2020; 3400 Status March 10, 2020;TPW March 16, 2020; Built June 4th, 2020; Delivery July 1, 2020

                Current Vettes:
                '68 Lemans Blue 327/350 Convertible
                '91 Turquoise Convertible with Hardtop
                '14 Lime Rock Green 2LT Convertible, Black Top, Kalahari, 7-Speed, Performance Exhaust

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                • #9
                  Oh where is that winning lottery ticket for my Koenigsegg. Certain not on me, nor in my house, nor in my safety deposit box. Guess I haven’t won yet.

                  That is a fun video, though I cringed every time he three that mega thousands of dollars, wheel into the air. Thank you Mobius.

                  **** that Koenigsegg wheel is beyond gorgeous! Nice enough to place in my living room (and add to the room’s appearance).
                  GBA Black; HTO Twilight/Tension interior; Z51 & Mag Ride; E60 lift; 5VM visible carbon fiber package; 5ZZ high wing; FA5 interior vis CF; ZZ3 engine appearance; 3LT; Q8T Spectra Gray Tridents; J6N Edge Red Calipers; SNG Edge Red Hashmarks; VQK Splash Guards; RCC Edge Red engine cover; VJR illuminated sill plates. Lifetime, annual contributors, and 23 year members of National Corvette Museum. Home is the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

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                  • #10
                    Although CF manufacturing technology is growing by leaps and bounds almost daily, I don't really see the practicality of them being used on a street driven Corvette, including even those on the high performance (Z06 & ZR1) models. I do see, however, CF wheels as an option, or as standard equipment, on what I believe will be a hybrid version of the mid-engine Corvette as Cadillac's halo vehicle!
                    GD0 Accelerate Yellow Metallic; 3LT; HUE Natural Napa Leather; AE4 Competition Sport Seats; FA5 CF Interior Trim; Z51; FE4 Mag Ride Suspension; E60 Front Lift; Q8Q CF Open Spoke Wheels; J6F BR Brembo Calipers; RCC ER Intake Cover; DTH CF Racing Stripes; ZZ3 Engine App Package; VQK Splash Guards; ERI Battery Protection; R8C Museum Delivery

                    Proud LTM NCM.

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                    • #11
                      Ford mustang gt350r has carbon fiber rims. Ford was able to get the cost down and all that the gt350R offers its only 10grand extra....one of the features of the R version is carbon fiber rims..

                      all the other features on the gt350R probably have a cost of lets say 40percent of the 10grand extra...

                      six grand is tempting..

                      who would pay sox grand for those wheels.

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                      • #12
                        Absolutely NOT ! Mine will be a driver and left in Casino parking lots and Motel parking lots among places where the road may lead. I want to be able to drive it out of there without the neighborhood lifting my rims. Maybe in a few more years and more HP and price as a collector car I may consider.
                        Rocket City Florida

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                        • #13
                          ^^ Who will steal rims that you can't remount ! ?? ; )

                          Do CF wheels "really" offer any great advantage over standard rims. Sure, they are lighter but how does saving say 50 lbs translate to faster track times in reality. Has anyone ever tested runs with the different wheels? If it didn't shave "+seconds off lap times...I don't think it's worth it...except for bragging rights. And with all the other variables on the track for a "non-professional-dedicated race car- I don't see an advantage...and we are not even talking about the worry of nicking them up on the road...no thanks... I'll use the saved $10Gs on gas and a custom "slow" stop watch... ; )

                          And what/why is it so difficult to change tires on standard C7 rims? Aren't they designed to be mounted and dismounted? What's the deal? Really... I want/need to know! I would think that the ability to change tires without destroying your rims "should " not be exceeding expectations.
                          Last edited by fvs; 08-23-2018, 08:26 PM.

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                          • #14
                            Dropping unsprung weight has an amazing effect during driving even on the street. It shrinks the size of the vehicle while driving on the street.

                            its one of the most amazing effects ive ever experienced by dropping unsprung weight by 26 ls.

                            using carbon fober wheels drops the unsprung even further than 26lbs.



                            ford impact on the driving experience between the ford gt350 and gt30 R.

                            the 10 grand R package expands beyond just the carbon fiber wheels and if chevy offered a ten grand price should also include other performance aspects.(heavy duty coolers, gears and suspension or the price should be les than 10grand..

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by JBsC6 View Post
                              Dropping unsprung weight has an amazing effect during driving even on the street. It shrinks the size of the vehicle while driving on the street.

                              its one of the most amazing effects ive ever experienced by dropping unsprung weight by 26 ls.

                              using carbon fober wheels drops the unsprung even further than 26lbs.



                              ford impact on the driving experience between the ford gt350 and gt30 R.

                              the 10 grand R package expands beyond just the carbon fiber wheels and if chevy offered a ten grand price should also include other performance aspects.(heavy duty coolers, gears and suspension or the price should be les than 10grand..
                              Thanks for the info!

                              How are CF wheels on pot holes! I don't think I could use them here in NY. I once blew out 2 Michelins on one pot hole at the same time. Destroyed the tires AND rims...well my wife did... but I had the pleasure to replace them...

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