By Christopher A. Sawyer
“It’s laid up, a full one-piece laminate made up of a series of different elements and preforms,” says Jake Dingle, CEO of Carbon Revolution, and Australian pioneer in the design, development and manufacture of carbon fiber wheels. “It comes out of the mold looking like the final piece. All we do is drill five holes, machine the center bore, and deflash and paint it.” The holes make room for a metal center hub that is mechanically held in place by a process that is the subject of multiple patent applications. Put it all together and you have the fist continuous-fiber carbon fiber road wheel for passenger cars.