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Making The Koenigsegg 280mph Capable Carbon Fiber Wheels


The Koenigsegg One:1 uses titanium and carbon fiber components wherever needed to shave weight, and improve the car’s overall low center of gravity. The car’s wheels, however, are engineering marvels and can withstand speeds up to 280 mph even though the car’s top speed settles down at 273 mph.

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One of the most disputed topics in the industry: Is it possible to make high performance carbon fiber wheels? Christian von Koenigsegg explains that it’s not only possible, but his company has been doing it for a few years now. Take a look at how:

The wheels are crafted by hand using billet tooling pieces (molds), a razor knife to cut excess material, and an autoclave. The pre-preg carbon fiber is layered into the tooling pieces until the desired thickness is met.


The barrel of the wheel is constructed in the same fashion with a billet tooling piece. After both tooling pieces are sandwiched together, they are wrapped in a vacuum bag, then placed in the autoclave to be baked under pressure for a predetermined amount of hours.