Carbon Revolution Announces Bespoke CR-9 Wheels for BMW 1M
Without doubt the most important development in the field of automotive wheel technology for decades, Carbon Revolution design and manufacture one-piece carbon fibre wheels for some of the most exclusive performance cars in the world. The firm’s latest fitment option is for the BMW 1M, the entry level M-car, one of the best sports coupes to have emerged this decade and a machine perfectly suited to the ‘Carbon treatment.’
The 1M Coupe is a highly significant car for BMW for a multitude of reasons. It ushered the marque back into the baby coupe market and allowed it to go toe-to-toe against more expensive rivals. Perhaps most importantly of all, it marked one of the first instances of an M-car being fitted with a turbocharger from the factory. Its forced induction arrangement might’ve ruffled a few purist feathers at launch, but the turbocharged inline six nestled in the nose of the 1M is now universally acclaimed as one of Munich’s best ever, while the car’s stunning handling makes it well suited to this all new Carbon Revolution fitment.
Custom designed for fitment to the 1M, the CR-9 bolts into place perfectly and precisely, and entails none of the compromises that are part and parcel of fitting more conventional, alloy aftermarket wheels. More aggressive offsets than the factory fitted wheels mean the guards are filled purposefully, while wheel diameters of 19in ensure there’s no chance of fouling the calipers.
Boasting the incredible design features enjoyed by all Carbon Revolution products, the all new BMW 1M fitment CR-9 promises to dramatically cut down on unsprung weight, its one-piece carbon fibre construction weighing in at much less than the OEM wheel. A staggered fitment, the larger 10.5×19in rears come in at just 8.9kg per wheel, while the 9.5×19in fronts tip the scales at a mere 8.3kgs! Lighter than any comparable alloy wheel and blessed with huge strength thanks to its unique construction method, Carbon Revolution’s CR-9 represents a massive 40% weight saving over an equivalent alloy, and therefore chimes perfectly with the performance ethos underpinning the baby M-car.
Cutting down unsprung weight has obvious performance and handling benefits, all of which will be keenly felt from the driving seat. It’s no exaggeration to say that fitting CR9 wheels has the potential to transform the 1M’s already pin-point sharp chassis, reducing rotational inertia and enabling the car to accelerate faster and change direction more precisely.
Away from the obvious performance benefits brought about by the CR-9’s carbon fibre construction, the wheel’s appearance is nothing short of stunning. A timeless, multi-spoked design that calls to mind some of the most iconic cars to ever grace a circuit, and wholly appropriate considering the track-focused nature of the carbon fibre technology that made it possible.
The launch of the BMW 1M fitment CR-9 marks a new era for the German sporting icon, and it’s certainly very good news for those owners that value performance and handling poise above all else. Available in 19in diameter and with a selection of 1 Series-friendly offsets, the all new CR-9 is priced as below.
Model Year Diameter Width ET Lbs./kg
1M Front 2011-2012 19 9.5 28 18.3/8.3
1M Rear 2011-2012 19 10.5 23 19.6/8.9
Retail price for a set of 4 wheels (all sizes) £15,000 (including VAT@20%)
– Centre-lock (Porsche OEM tyre) £1500
– Thermal Barrier Coat £1500
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