Unsprung Components: Wheels


The stock Ducati 1198 rear wheel has the following dimensions:

  • Width: 6 inches – 152.4 mm
  • Diameter: 17 inches – 431.8 mm
  • Wheel Offset: 22 mm?


The stock rear wheel rim of the Ducati 1198 weights 5.51 kilograms. BST makes carbon fiber wheels that weighs 2.79 kilograms. That is a unsprung weight savings of 6 lbs per corner. Imagine driving with a sack of potatoes strapped on each wheel and you get an idea of how that much unsprung mass can affect handling. These wheels have a static load rating of 550 lbs each – allowing for a 1650 lb total weight for the car. I’m hoping to keep the total weight of the car below 1,000 lbs. The battery pack should be the heaviest component and should weigh less than 500 lbs, leaving 500 lbs for all of the other components. Even with two riders, the total weight should still be well below the load rating of these wheels.

Stock Ducati 1199 Rear Wheel – 5.51 kg:


BST Carbon Fiber Rear Wheel – 2.79 kg:


Will Martin is an energy analyst and expert on peak oil and alternative currencies. He is an MBA graduate of Cornell University, where he was a Roy H. Park Leadership Fellow and concentrated on studying sustainability in business through the school’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. Prior to his MBA, Will worked in the energy industry, living in Singapore, Houston and Dubai. Will is a recipient of the 2012 “Pioneer Award” from the Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO-USA). He currently works as a carbon trading commercial adviser in the San Francisco Bay Area. Will is a bitcoin enthusiast and in 2014 published the book “Anonymous Cryptocurrencies,” which became a #1 best seller in 3 Amazon categories and was the first book to be sold on a decentralized marketplace.

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