Would you want a Carbon Fiber Wheel for Aptera

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Aptera Community Aptera Discussions Would you want a Carbon Fiber Wheel for Aptera

  • Would you want a Carbon Fiber Wheel for Aptera

  • Raj Giandeep

    Member
    March 23, 2022 at 8:55 pm

    I think this would work really well on Aptera & reduce the weight even more. Thoughts?

    https://www.motortrend.com/news/carbon-fiber-wheels-ev-advantages

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1uN9tRAyJVk

  • Curtis Cibinel

    Member
    March 23, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Short answer no. These are astronomically expensive – like $12,000. The Aptera is still intended to be a viable price for buyers. This might be something for the EQXX since it will be a $150k+ car. https://www.motor1.com/news/144031/cheaper-carbon-fiber-wheels/

  • Raj Giandeep

    Member
    March 24, 2022 at 6:23 am

    Ouch, didn’t know they where that expensive.

  • Gary Greenway

    Member
    March 24, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    I would not want them even if they were affordable.

    • Joshua Rosen

      Member
      March 24, 2022 at 1:05 pm

      Just curious, what are the downsides of carbon fiber wheels aside from the price? Are they less durable or more unreliable in any way? Getting rid of a 50-100lbs of unsprung mass ought to do great things for range and handling. Certainly not worth $12,000 dollars but I’d pay $1000 for the weight reduction unless there is something bad that I don’t know about.

      • Gary Greenway

        Member
        March 24, 2022 at 3:49 pm

        I’m a big fan of empirical data. I just haven’t seen them used on daily drivers, going through pot holes, or surviving tire shops.

        • Joshua Rosen

          Member
          March 24, 2022 at 4:43 pm

          Fair enough. At $12K a set it’s unlikely that there will ever be a large enough data set to get real world data.

  • my_discord_number_is_0328 bloody stupid

    Member
    March 24, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    some may be willing to pay for it. being more lightweight, it’ll help ride quality, sporty handling, accelration and effeincy… it maybe enough to be comparable to other similar cost 2 seater cars with automatic tranmissions (most such people would be willing to cosnider aptera, unlike the serious driving enjoyers who are looking for manual transmission).

  • kerbe2705

    Member
    March 24, 2022 at 6:39 pm

    From what I gather, CF wheels can actually weigh MORE than similarly-sized magnesium wheels, making them about the same weight as aluminum wheels.

  • Markus Schmid

    Member
    March 24, 2022 at 7:01 pm

    No.

    Too fragile (and way too expensive as well).

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