For years, carbon fiber has been used to create lighter and stronger body panels and, in some cases, entire car bodies. The material is also found in wheels, such as CF201 series from Forgeline. Each is constructed with a carbon fiber outer rim — or “barrel” — surrounding a forged-aluminum center. The manufacturer claims this process yields a wheel that’s light (the barrel weighs 40 percent less than aluminum) for improved acceleration, braking, traction and ride quality. Fuel economy is yet another benefit. The CF201, which is designed specifically for street use, comes in 20- and 21-inch sizes and in widths from 9.0 to 12.5 inches. Prices range from $3,850 to $4,350. Get full details at

Weight reduction for wheels