Goodwood Festival of Speed
Dymag, world leaders in carbon hybrid wheels, is proud to support three of the UK’s most innovative automotive companies at the Goodwood Festival of Speed; BAC, Radford and Viritech.
Leading advanced wheel design since 1974, Dymag has unrivalled heritage and was the first in the world to commercialise carbon hybrid hybrid automotive wheels in 2004. Always developing new technology and building on this legacy, it is delighted to supply its carbon hybrid wheel to BAC’s Mono R, Radford’s Type 62-2 and Viritech’s Apricale hydrogen hypercar, all of which are appearing at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
As well as being 50% lighter than a traditional forged aluminium wheel, Dymag’s carbon hybrid wheel brings major gains in reduced unsprung mass and reduced moment of inertia, with less energy required to accelerate and brake. Another dynamic benefit is a reduced gyroscopic force thanks to the lightness of the wheel itself, which means less steering effort is required. Strength and durability are also greatly improved.
These gains can make a significant difference to the dynamics of a high-performance vehicle, with the benefits even more significant on EV, an ever-growing sector of the market, where the step-change in four-corner weight-saving can enhance EV range.
BAC will have two Mono Rs on display at Goodwood, both of which run on Dymag’s carbon hybrid wheel, optimised for the lightweight, single-seat performance car where every gram counts. Meanwhile the Radford Type 62-2, a homage to the Lotus Type 62, will be driven up the hill by former F1 World Champion Jenson Button, riding on Dymag’s carbon-magnesium wheels. Thanks to the unique two-part design, customers can design bespoke aluminium or magnesium centres, hand finished by Dymag before being powder coated and bolted to the composite barrels. The striking Viritech Apricale completes the trio, the hydrogen-powered hypercar, which will be on display in the Michelin Supercar Paddock, has been styled by the iconic Pininfarina design house and features unique Dymag forged magnesium wheel centres.
Carbon fibre’s unique properties an also reduce Noise Vehicle Harshness (NVH) too – a huge boon for engineers developing an EV where the ICE is no longer masking unwanted noises. Carbon hybrid wheels also bring aesthetic advantages for OEMs; a forged aluminium or magnesium centrepiece offering greater design flexibility than a solid carbon fibre wheel, while Dymag’s unique designs are also proven and tested to OEM standards off-the-shelf. All Dymag’s carbon hybrid wheels are manufactured at its state-of-the-art Wiltshire production facility to ensure quality and consistency of the products.
Dymag CEO Tom de Lange said:
“Dymag has a long legacy in advanced automotive wheel technology, being the first to commercialise carbon hybrid wheels almost 20 years ago. Our latest carbon hybrid wheels bring significant benefits to all high-end cars, including EVs, minimising weight, optimising performance, and boasting aesthetic advantages too. BAC, Radford and Viritech are some of the most innovative thinkers in the automotive industry and we’re proud to be working in partnership with them.”