Imaginative and prescient Composite Merchandise chosen IDI Composites’ Ultrium™ U660 for its carbon fiber solid wheels.
In an effort to survive harsh circumstances, corrosion, and highway hazards, automotive aftermarket wheels should be sturdy and sturdy. To reinforce drivability with pace, acceleration, and secure stopping time, in addition to to assist with gas effectivity, the wheels should be light-weight. And to attraction to the buyer’s eye, the wheels have to be sporty. It is a tall order, and Imaginative and prescient Composite Merchandise (Imaginative and prescient) partnered with IDI Composites (IDI) to make use of IDI’s Ultrium™ U660 carbon fiber composites to develop high-performance Carbon Fiber Solid (CFF) wheels to fulfill these numerous wants.
Engineers at Imaginative and prescient researched supplies for design of a wheel that will outperform conventional efficiency wheels forged and solid with aluminum alloy and determined upon composite supplies as the answer. To create the new CFF wheels, the crew partnered with IDI and the 3i Know-how Middle. By utilizing Ultrium™ carbon fiber composites, and A&P Know-how’s steady Netshape® preforms in a carbon fiber solid molding course of, high-volume manufacturing is attainable at a price aggressive to the solid aluminum manufacturing course of. The brand new wheel is as much as 30% lighter than solid aluminum wheels.