The 2017 Ford GT will likely offer carbon fiber wheels as an option when it goes on sale.
The American automaker has already teamed up with Australia-based Carbon Revolution to offer carbon fiber wheels on the Ford Shelby Mustang GT350R and the Ford GT sports car could be the next production model to benefit.
The GT350R’s carbon fiber wheels weigh just 18 pounds apiece, which is about 15 lbs less than comparable aluminum wheels, according to Ford. No official announcement has been made by the American automaker, but Ford spokesman Paul Seredynski confirmed to Autoblog that carbon fiber wheels are “something we’re looking at,” and alluded that they’d likely be optional equipment rather than standard.
In the past 10 months, Carbon Revolution has doubled its number of employees to 100, more than half of which had previously worked in nearby factories for Ford and aluminum company Alcoa. The company hopes to produce 50,000 wheels annually within the first two years, helping cut costs and allowing Ford to equip even more vehicles with the technology.
The 2017 Ford GT is expected to be powered by a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine producing over 600 horsepower while mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
This story first appeared on AutoGuide.com