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July 27, 2021

Bentley Now Offers The Largest Production Carbon Fiber Wheel On Their Bentayga SUV

After years of development with one of the world’s leading composite suppliers, Bentley is announcing that they’ll be offering a new carbon fiber wheel developed specifically for their Bentayga luxury SUV.

The 22-inch carbon wheel, engineered with renowned specialists Bucci Composites, is to be the largest carbon wheel in production in the world and offers a vast range of benefits beyond the initial 6-kg improvement in weight per wheel.

The new carbon wheel has been subjected to the exceptionally rigorous TÜV (Technischer Überwachungsverei - Technical Inspection Association) standards, and is the first carbon wheel ever produced to pass all tests.

The newly developed rim has undergone the most rigorous testing for non-metallic wheels according to the new TÜV standards including biaxial stress testing, radial and lateral impact testing for simulating potholes and cobblestones, tire overpressure, and excessive torque tests exceeding the permitted limits.

One of the most severe tests of the TUV requirements – the impact test—has shown how the carbon rim is extremely safe in addition to the performance benefits. After a severe impact which would crack or shatter an aluminum wheel, causing the tire to collapse explosively, the carbon fiber rim allows a slow tire deflation thanks to the intelligent layering of fiber weaves, allowing the vehicle to come to a controlled, safe stop.

For the final sign off stage, the wheel was put through its paces on one of the most famous tracks in the world, the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Bentley’s 22-inch carbon fiber wheel will be available to order late this year as part of their Mulliner customization program. It’s the perfect complement to Bentley’s existing carbon fiber styling package which includes carbon front splitters, sill extensions, and rear diffuser.

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