You might remember these guys coming up with bespoke carbon fiber bodies to tailor “earthly-looking supercars” into unique, raw occurrences.
Truth be told, nothing goes better with your one-of-a-kind, raw carbon fiber supercar than a set of custom-made, carbon fiber wheels. Granted, the contrast will be… non-existent, but the rig will stand out due to its sheer awesomeness, rather than a psychedelic wrap (for example).
So, in order to complete their carbon fiber curriculum, Vitesse AuDessus created a line of ultra-lightweight, one-piece, full-carbon fiber rims. The manufacturing process is similar to the one used by Formula 1 teams, as it uses prepreg carbon fiber fabric that is hand-laid and autoclave-cured in CNC milled aluminum molds.
Just like the bespoke exterior offerings, the rims are made respecting OEM standards. In other words, they look like they came straight from the factory– except they’re full carbon fiber. But besides making wheels for all current Lamborghini, Ferrari, McLaren, Bugatti, Bentley, Aston Martin, Porsche, Mercedes Benz and BMW, the American manufacturer has its own bespoke model.
Weighing in at only 13lbs (6kg) on average, the wheels are extremely lightweight, thus improving the unsprung mass. Lowering rotational inertia is another key benefit, as Stefany Sanchez – CEO of the company – explained:
“In certain cases, our wheels reduce unsprung weight by more than 50%. This dramatic reduction translates into increased acceleration, reduced stopping distance, improved steering and handling, improved grip, reduced road noise and vibrations and improved fuel economy. Technical details aside, they are also objects of beauty: think of your exotic or supercar as a Tom Ford suit or, in my case, a Carolina Herrera Dress. You wouldn’t pair either with a generic, mass-produced shoe or heel made with inferior materials, would you? I think not. And our clients would agree.”
Yup, whoever pays a starting price of $8,875/wheel then they truly know they’re buying the Manolo Blahniks of the automotive world.
Now, all we’re waiting is to see the real things and not some renderings.