Australian company Carbon Revolution has struck a key supply agreement with Ford, which will offer lightweight wheels as an option on the high-performance 2024 Mustang Dark Horse revealed this week in Detroit.
The new one Dark Horse Nameplatewas revealed this week alongside the rest of the new-generation Mustang range, billed as “the most street-legal… Mustang ever”.
This is the brand’s first new performance name since the Mustang Bullitt was introduced in 2001, and will be sold in both North America and Australia.
“This will be the first time Carbon Revolution offers Ford’s core vehicle program, enabling widespread adoption of the Company’s lightweight wheel technology,” the Victorian company said in a statement.
The two companies already have an existing relationship, with Ford using Carbon Revolution wheels on the lower-mass Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT500 models.
The Mustang Dark Horse has a modified version of the normally aspirated V8 with 500hp (368kW) target power, a six-speed Tremec manual transmission is available with a titanium ball shift lever, a larger, reduced rear swingarm Heavy duty front forks, MagneRide shock absorbers, a Torsen LSD, Brembo brakes and Pirelli P Zero tyres.
The optional Handling Package adds a unique rear spoiler similar to the Ford GT, stiffer springs, larger front and rear swing bars, and wider Pirelli Trofeo tires. The Carbon Revolution wheels are being touted as another option for “no compromise on track performance”.
Ford has yet to announce pricing.
Carbon Revolution says it expects to start production of Dark Horse wheels in the new ‘Mega series’ by the end of FY23. The company’s new Geelong production line is designed to increase the company’s capacity from 80,000 wheels to 155,000 wheels per year.
The company says its wheels are up to 50% lighter than aluminum wheels, but also very sturdy.
It supplies premium wheels to other OEMs such as Ferrari (488 Pista, F8 Tributo, F8 Spider, SF90 Stradale, 812 Competizione, 296 GTS, 296 GTB), GM (Chevrolet Corvette Z06) and Renault (Megane RS Trophy R) .