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Shelby Gt350R Mustang Carbon Fiber Wheels Retail For Nearly $30,000


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One of the Mustang6G.com forum members has gone head and ordered the optional lightweight carbon fiber wheels for the very popular Shelby GT350R and he was kind enough to show how much they cost retail price.


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From Autoweek today:


Stop that check! Ford says carbon fiber wheels won’t cost $30,000

August 5, 2015


The GT350R gets carbon fiber wheels, in addition to a bunch of other track upgrades.

Blue Oval denies veracity of alleged pricing sheet


The Internet lit up yesterday with talks of the new Shelby GT350R’s carbon fiber wheels when the Mustang6G forum posted a pricing sheet stating they’ll cost more than $30,000 at retail.

The wheels are made by Carbon Revolution of Australia, and were engineered specifically for the GT350R. Each one weighs about 13 pounds less than equivalent steel wheels, meaning a full set takes more than 50 pounds of unsprung weight out of the car.

We talked to a Ford spokesman this morning and he denied that price, asking, “If the car is $60-some-thousand, how could the wheels possibly be 30K?”

Makes sense, even if he didn’t offer up the actual figure; we’re sure they’re a little more expensive than your average set of steelies.



Ford made a big deal about the engineering of these wheels, which, again, were made specifically for the GT350R. By taking out weight, Ford said, you decrease the rotating mass, which changes the driving and handling characteristics. Those gains (or losses, as the case may be) need to be balanced out elsewhere in the suspension or chassis -- at a Ford suspension event earlier this year, the company said the wheels wouldn’t even work properly on another car without making more changes.

Beyond that, they feature a UV coating to block sun damage and can withstand curb strikes (thank God – ed) and high operating temperatures.

So rest assured, replacement wheels won’t cost you $30K, though we’d assume insurance would probably cover damage or theft anyway.

On the bright side, Carbon Revolution has one set of wheels on the market and more are surely on their way. The trick, apparently, is getting our cars ready.

Read more: http://autoweek.com/article/car-news/stop-check-ford-says-carbon-fiber-wheels-wont-cost-30000#ixzz3i3rKr1eq

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