Exposed carbon fiber GT350R wheels by Carbon Signature
A couple weeks ago, I was scrolling through my Facebook feed and came across something that caught my attention. My buddy Moses from Carbon Signature shared an image of what looked to be a GT350R wheel with exposed carbon fiber. I instantly shot him a message to give me all the details about this wheel that had me drooling all over my keyboard.
Moses and I have known each other for a few years now. I remember the first time I met him during Import Alliance ATL back in 2012 or 2013. He had a red 370Z that had pieces of full carbon fiber body panels on it. Slowly over the years, that Z transformed into a rolling piece of full carbon fiber body work. Moses has always “had a thing” for carbon fiber. This passion led him to creating his own comapny Carbon Signature.
For those of you that don’t know, Carbon Revolution, is the company that created the carbon fiber wheels on the Shelby GT350R and the 2020 Shelby GT500. The ’20 GT500 has an optional exposed carbon fiber wheel when you tick the “Carbon Fiber Track Package” option on your order sheet.
Carbon Signature’s client reached out to them and wanted the same style look but on his GT350R wheels. To our knowledge, we aren’t aware of any set of GT350R wheels that have had this treatment.
As most of you may know, the factory GT350R wheels are painted gloss black and have a hideous thermal coating on the inside barrell of the front wheels.
Bye bye gloss black, hello carbon fiber!
Moses worked his magic on these wheels to expose the carbon fiber that was originally painted over from the factory. Only the outside face, hub area and outside edge of the wheel had the paint removed to expose the carbon fiber. The inner spokes remain gloss black.
Exposing the goodness on this set of GT350R carbon fiber wheel was no easy task. Especially when Moses reminded himself that they have a MSRP of $12,000+ for a set! These wheels originally come in with solid black finish, hiding the beauty of the carbon fiber beneath.
After exposing, he repainted the inside of the spokes with a black finish and topcoat over the entire wheel to allow for additional UV protection on the exposed surfaces. Carbon Signature completed the job with wetsanding and buffing to produce a mirror like finish.
In the image below, you can see that the wheel is almost finsihed. While they were off the car and had no tires on them. The guys at Carbon Signature decided to weigh the wheels. Keep in mind, this is a 19×11 wheel up front and 19×11.5 in the rear! The weight came in at just 17lbs +/- for each wheel.