Video: Inside Koenigsegg - How Carbon Fiber Wheels Are Made
Koenigsegg has been releasing episodes of its "Inside Koenigsegg" web series web series at a feverish pace; it’s been hard just to keep up with it. But we’re not complaining, because the subject of the series — the One:1 megacar — is fascinating enough to keep all of us on our toes, waiting for the next episode to drop. Just yesterday, the fifth and latest episode was released, and true to the theme of the series, this episode takes an up-close look at the megacar’s carbon-fiber wheels.
Yes, the One:1 has wheels made out of carbon fiber, just like most of the parts you see on the car. But Koenigsegg doesn’t use just any kind of carbon fiber; it actually uses what’s called "pre-preg" carbon fiber, the same material used in Formula One, fighter jets and space ships.
Koenigsegg founder Christian Von Koenigsegg described the rationale behind his company’s decision to use carbon-fiber wheels, and apart from the obvious weight savings it provides for the One:1, these carbon-fiber wheels are also strong enough to withstand the unbridled power and handling dynamics of the One:1.
Koenigsegg is the first automaker to produce carbon-fiber wheels, something you can expect for an automaker that has prided itself on being one of the best innovators in the industry. The technology is far from cheap, and the laborious development takes a lot of time to produce. But that’s a luxury Koenigsegg has as a premium car maker that develops only a select number of supercars a year.
Check out the video and watch how Koenigsegg builds these carbon fiber wheels from scratch all the way to the final product.. It’s another incredible episode that shouldn’t be missed.