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.