SaWeeeet! I'm googling all over the internet to learn about sprung and unsprung wieght. I'm discovering just how valuable shedding weight from unsprung parts, like those bitch'n carbon rims, is.
Nicely done 10/10ths. That's just gotta paste a perma-grin on your face!
While losing unsprung weight will help, it has a greater effect on how the suspension can react to changes in the road surface. Less weight you are throwing up and down, the better the suspension can work, and the better your traction will be.
Where lightweight wheels really help is in reduction of the gyroscopic effect they generate, which allows easier turning and transitions while in chicaines. The reduction in weight also allows for a reduction in the amount of torque required for a given amount of acceleration, both positive (throttle) and negative (braking).
Yet another thing to consider is where the mass is actually placed on the wheels. A heaver wheel can actually require less torque (because it posseses less inertia) if all the mass is closer to the axis of rotation. The further out the mass, the greater the effect, and it is not a linear relation:
Torque = (mass) x (radius) x (radius) x (angular acceleration)
So for the same mass moved from 1 inch away from the axis of rotation to say 3 inches away. The required torque is nine times greater for the same mass and acceleration.
Sorry I am a bit of a nerd. A nerd that is four months away from a bachelors degree in mechanical engineering.