Dymag, which makes composite wheels, has partnered with materials specialist Hankuk Carbon Co Ltd to mass produce carbon composite wheels for automotive OEMs.

Dymag was reportedly the first in the world to commercialise carbon hybrid composite automotive wheels in 2004. Its wheels feature a carbon fiber rim with a forged aluminum or magnesium centerpiece. According to the company, this can offer weight savings of over 50% over a traditional cast alloy wheel, with improved strength and durability. Using a carbon fiber rim also reduces unsprung mass, moment of inertia and gyroscopic force.

Hankuk Carbon makes carbon fiber prepregs for a range of applications in aerospace, marine and automotive, as well as liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage tanks for marine bulk carriers and battery electric vehicles (BEVs).

“The price-point for these wheels will be appropriate for both luxury and performance-oriented versions of road cars, particularly the growing high-end electric vehicle market,” said Dymag CEO Tom de Lange.