At this year’s SEMA show (October 31 – November 3, 2017, at the Las Vegas Convention Center), the annual event produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association, one of the main attractions will be a new concept car that combines the expertise of Hyundai and Bisimoto Engineering. Known as “HyperEconiq Ioniq,” the car has been promoted as a “unique hypermiling-efficiency-focused concept” with stellar aerodynamics and high fuel efficiency.
One of the elements that stand out is the car’s 19″ x 5.0″ CR-9 one-piece CFRP wheels produced by Carbon Revolution – the same company that produced composite wheels for the award-winning Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang.
Carbon Revolution has a state-of-the-art factory, which was created to manufacture carbon fiber wheels. This facility received ISO certification, allowing Carbon Revolution to become a Tier One supplier to the world’s leading automotive manufacturers. At the heart of the Carbon Revolution “Smart Factory” is the Radio Frequency Identification quality tracking system. Each wheel is fitted with an RFID chip, allowing the Carbon Revolution engineers to track every wheel throughout the manufacturing process and the wheel’s service life. The RFID system ensures 100 percent part tracking, allowing identification and verification of all material batches, processes, operators, checklists, processing data and end-of-line testing.
Carbon Revolution’s proprietary and patented manufacturing process shapes and forms the carbon fiber into the complex internal structure of the wheel. Automated operations result in high-volume, precision fabrication of the carbon fiber preforms. The preformed carbon fiber components are then quality checked and assembled into the tool, in preparation for resin infusion. Once the resin is injected into the preformed carbon fiber components, a total of 161 checks and measurements are made before the wheel can be removed from the tool. Our computers use state of the art measuring instruments to control temperatures, pressures, and hundreds of other processing parameters. The one-piece carbon fiber wheel then emerges from the patented tooling, ready for final machining and additional quality checks.
To learn more about how the wheels are made, check out this video below: