Disponível no 911 Turbo S Exclusive, esse tipo de roda equipa pela primeira vez um carro de série

A Porsche vai introduzir inovadoras rodas de fibra trançada de carbono em um de seus modelos, no caso o 911 Turbo Exclusive. De acordo com a fabricante alemã, essas rodas são 20% mais leves e 20% mais resistentes do que as convencionais rodas de liga leve. Feitas inteiramente de polímero reforçado de fibra trançada de carbono, elas têm peso reduzido e são perfeitamente projetadas para absorver forças laterais e longitudinais. Além disso, as massas de baixa rotação significam mais facilidade para aceleração e frenagem, aumentando o prazer de dirigir.

O processo de manufatura é complexo, e envolve mais de 200 componentes, além da maior máquina do mundo de confecção de fibra de carbono (9 metros). Depois de produzida, a roda é impregnada com uma resina especial e processada a altas temperaturas e pressão para aumentar a rigidez, e depois radicalmente resfriada.

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A Porsche é a primeira empresa do setor automotivo a utilizar esse complexo processo, que gera um material mais denso e compacto, além de mais ecológico (não produz tanto resíduo). Cada roda é composta por 18 quilômetros de fibra trançada de carbono, caso o material fosse esticado. 

Porsche Braided Carbon Fiber Wheels
Porsche Braided Carbon Fiber Wheels
Porsche Braided Carbon Fiber Wheels

O processo de pintura também é único, com tonalidades em dourado e preto. As inovadoras rodas serão oferecidas de forma opcional no Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive no início do próximo ano, e não serão baratas: cada jogo custará quase US$ 18 mil, o que equivale a cerca de R$ 56 mil

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Braided carbon wheels for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series

Stuttgart. Porsche has become the world’s first vehicle manufacturer to offer lightweight wheels with braided carbon fibre. They are available now as an option for the Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series. Carbon, the characteristically black high-tech material, can be fully appreciated with a protective layer of clear lacquer. Together, the innovative wheels weigh around 8.5 kilograms less than standard alloy wheels, which is a reduction of 20 per cent. They are also 20 per cent stronger. With a reduced unsprung weight, the tyres trail the surface of the road better and are perfectly optimised for absorbing longitudinal and lateral forces. Lower rotating masses mean more spontaneity both in acceleration and braking. The result is increased driving dynamics and driving pleasure.

Manufactured entirely from carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP), the wheel is essentially comprised of two components. The wheel centre is made from carbon-fibre fabric. This involves cutting and assembling over 200 individual components. The second component is the rim base made from braided carbon fibre by what is currently the world’s largest carbon fibre braiding machine with a diameter of approximately nine metres. The wheel centre is then braided into the rim base. The assembled wheel is impregnated with resin and pre-hardened at high pressure and high temperatures. The finished wheel is hardened at high temperatures followed by a long cooling process. The central lock is then inserted into the finished wheel and the wheel is protected with clear lacquer.

Porsche is the first company in the global automotive industry to use this extremely complex technology. The braiding technology offers key advantages over the more conventional method of manufacturing pre-impregnated carbon-fibre fabric: This production technique makes the material structure of the carbon considerably denser and more compact. This increases rigidity. Using the material more efficiently also produces less waste. The new carbon wheel is made from a total of 18 kilometres carbon fibre or eight square metres of carbon-fibre fabric.

From the beginning of 2018, the new carbon wheels will be available as an option for the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series in the dimensions of 9 J x 20 for the front axle and 11.5 J x 20 for the rear axle. In Germany, the price will be EUR 15,232 including VAT.