SO, I have been interested in my next set of wheels and hopefully some 19x13s square with my Brypar uprights.
While I do like the Carbon Rev ones, they seem to be heavy and not take advantage of current ways to make carbon fiber items "light"
I've been interested in this company (as well as Proteus design):
they use pre-preg fibers and autoclave them (as you would expect with a dry CF layup) which requires less resin and hence less weight (more resin in the Carbon Rev one). The Carbon Rev ones are NOT autoclaved.
This allows a pretty light wheel and crazy pics like this:
The problem is, the company has been pretty AWOL. They have promised these wheels for a LONG time to some early Tesla guys and still no delivery:
Last night I was debating on ordering a set of Carbon Rev ones, but thought I would inquire with ESE at least once.
I started with what I thought was a web inquiry form and ended up in a chat with someone at ESE (maybe the owner?).
What I was encourage by was that they are a REAL company and in the progress of shipping out their first orders SOON.
He realistically stated that if I ordered a set of wheels I would have them before the end of the year (stated Sept or Aug but told him I wouldn't hold him to that).
He also stated that since these wheels are autoclaved they have MUCH higher heat tolerance and don't need the ceramic coating as is seen on the Carbon Rev ones.
also for my 19x13 he was guessing the weight would come in around 11lbs!
I asked him about different spoke patterns and he stated the five spoke is one of the strongest. They don't plan to offer any new patterns until they get these out and LATER will offer more variety.
I was also encouraged as they had a booth at SEMA where you could hold their production wheels as they stated they were really close to shipping.
The videos of people grabbing the wheel are insane.
in this one she says the wheel is 9lbs!
The guy on the chat offered me some incentives to buy the wheel and I told him I was super interested and send more info.
I started thinking if other people were also interested I could let him know too.
Just realize that this company is NEW....while I think they are legit, who knows if they will disappear and go bankrupt.
I really think this is one of the next big things to increase performance and reduce unsprung weight.
Maybe I can make a set of drag wheels with these!
(ps they easily support the heavy weight of the GT-R)