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Carbon-fibre steering wheels for all

News International-French

18 Aug 2011

It wasn’t long ago that carbon wheels were exclusive to high-end racing yachts and made in such small numbers that the price and availability excluded many yachtsmen from owning one. Exit Engineering’s patented continuous shell construction method has changed all that.

(Published on December 2005 – JEC Magazine #21)

 

The wheels are engineered with state-of-the-art computer simulation technology and manufactured in a controlled environment with industrial processes. The use of modern technology results in a product that is lower in weight, higher in strength and consistent in quality. A major benefit of this approach is that streamlined production results in lower costs, bringing Exit’s carbon wheels into direct price competition with aluminium wheels, which are no match in terms of strength, weight and style.

 

Three-spoke design

 

Having won a nomination at the 2004 Dame awards in Amsterdam with their first carbon-fibre wheel, the people at Exit have brought out a new range. The new wide-section three-spoke design blends elegant looks with high strength gained using wider spokes.

 

 

Focus..........
The use of modern technology results in a product that is lower in weight, higher in strength and consistent in quality.

 

 

Built with a patented continuous shell method, the wheel comes out of the mould in one piece. The result is an immensely strong, autoclave-cured, prepreg carbon-fibre monocoque structure. The range comprises wheels of the following diameters: 935mm, 1,200mm and 1,640mm. The seven-spoke 1,840mm original design completes the range.

 

UK distributor Rod Boreham of Advance Yacht Systems comments, “We have just fitted the first 1,640mm wheel to a Grand Soleil 40 here in the UK and it looks terrific. The design allows the helm a clear view of the instruments, without the spokes getting in the way.”