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Ford wheel wins Popular Science award

The carbon fibre wheels on the Mustang Shelby GT350R have won the 2016 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in the Auto category.

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Ford’s multi-award-winning Mustang Shelby GT350R has added another accolade to its collection – a 2016 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in the Auto category.

Each year, Popular Science reviews thousands of new products and innovations and chooses the top 100 winners across 10 categories for inclusion in its annual Best of What’s New issue.

To win, a product or technology must represent a significant step forward in its category.

The 2016 Shelby GT350R won the award thanks to its ultra light carbon fibre wheels – the first of their kind on a production car.

Also Read: Carbon Fibre Wheels for Shelby GT350T Mustang

The two front wheels are insulated with a ceramic thermal barrier coating adapted from technology that is similar to what NASA used on the space shuttle.

Each 19-inch carbon-fibre wheel weighs about 15 pounds less than an equivalently sized aluminum wheel, improving the vehicle’s acceleration and handling.

Popular Science GT350R wheells

Carbon fiber wheels are standard on the Shelby GT350R, a first from a major automaker. The 19X11-inch front and 19X11.5-inch rear carbon fiber wheels shod in Michelin’s Pilot Sport Cup 2 high-performance tires help to reduce unsprung weight by approximately 13 pounds per corner.

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