Weld Tests Carbon Fiber Dragster Wheel

Sep 15, 2010

Weld Racing successfully tested a prototype 17-inch dragster front wheel made of carbon fiber during the U.S. Nationals.

The test was on the 10th anniversary of the introduction of the Weld Racing one-piece forged front wheels, according to a press release.

“The reduction in static mass is 34 percent and the reduction in rotating moment of inertia is 178 percent”, said Scott Rider, vice president of engineering. “These reductions result in significant performance improvements for an accelerating car over our forged one-piece V-Series, which is the lightest SFI 15.2 approved front wheel.”

The company says it will continue to post information on the CF17000 prototype as development and testing continues.

“I could immediately feel the results of the lower-mass wheel. Additional effects were lighter steering and better steering feedback when making a pass”, said the driver, Kyle Fickler, “even though we only had one carbon fiber front wheel on the car it was impressive to directly feel such a big improvement.”