Formula Student Carbon Rim
Blackwave offers a lightweight and reliable „plug and play“ carbon rim system for Formula Student teams. The „Formula Student carbon rim bed“ is designed for racing purposes and has a great price-performance ratio. The rim is optimized to meet FS competition-relevant criteria.
During their time at Formula Student, the founders of Blackwave wanted to apply the carbon-SMC process, which they had worked with during their time at Airbus. As a result, the first carbon SMC rim was developed and successfully used in 8 competitions. After 3 years of continuous development, the rim can now be offered to other Formula Student teams.
Plug and Play
Reliable and easy plug & play system, saving you designing and manufacturing time
51 % lighter than comparable aluminum rims
Has proven its reliability in numerous successful endurance races
Developed by Formula Student-alumni for Formula Student teams
The carbon rim is specifically designed for racing. The rim convinces with high load capacity, stiffness and reliability combined with its light weight. Geometry and bolt pattern are chosen in a way that conventional rim beds can be exchanged easily and without any modifications. For further details, CAD data is available.
The rims are delivered ready to race and come with an installed aluminum valve. The shells are structurally bonded in the desired configuration and supplied as an airtight unit. The delivery content does not include the wheel center and bolts.
FS Carbon Rim in use
Bjork van der Donk, Powertrain & Suspension Manager, URE11, University Racing Eindhoven:
“During the Formula Student Germany (FSG) 2015 edition, we came in contact with Blackwave. We knew that a staggering 4 kg on the total car could be saved if we switch to carbon fiber rims. Eventually we decided to use the C-SMC rims on the all new URE11. In combination with the new final drive, a total 12 kg was saved on the car!
In the end we are glad upon the decision of using the Blackwave C-SMC rims. It saves a lot of weight on our car and fits our custom Apollo tires in a better way than our previous aluminum rims. As the rims came in sealed perfectly, we did not encounter any leaks at all, not even after a full event at Formula Student United Kingdom (FSUK).”
The rims are designed for 10’’ tires. The tire should only be fitted when rim is fully assembled and tightened with screws. We strongly recommend that the mounting of the tire is performed by authorized and trained specialists and with the appropriate machinery. To prevent damage of the rim flanges, use plastic protectors. After mounting the tire, the wheel should be balanced.
The air tightness of the shells is ensured for demanding racing applications.
The delivery time is 4 – 10 weeks.
For further questions concerning the rim, configurations or order, please contact Blackwave under firstname.lastname@example.org or +49 89 189 658560.