Entries Tagged as 'Wheels'

Wheel Wednesday: New BBS FI-R Is A 20 Inch Wheel On A Serious Diet

Posted on 09.16.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


I’m not against adding shiny and/or chrome wheels to a car as long as their tasteful looking.  The downside is that even the tasteful looking chrome wheels can be super heavy and adding heavier wheels is in my opinion a huge no-no!  Legendary wheel makers BBS is looking to remedy that situation with their new FI-R wheel.  The FI-R is a forged Y-spoke wheel with lightness in mind.  While they aren’t featherweights, the 9×20 inch version of these wheels comes in at just under 17lbs a piece which is decent for a 20 inch roller.  The wider 12×20 inch variety weighs in at 20lbs, again pretty good considering its size.

BBS had cars like the Porsche 991 GT3 and new BMW M3 & M4 in mind when producing these but I’m sure there are a few other applications that could benefit from these sweet shoes.  Oh, one more thing, The FI-R’s can also be had in center-lock flavor if so desired.

What do you think of the BBS FI-R?  Are you into it or are you tired of Y-spoke wheels already?  Let us know in the comments or tweet to us at @MotorworldHype

[Source: BBS-usa.com]

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Wheel Wednesday: HRE Debuts New Racing Shoes With The RC1 Series RC103 Wheel

Posted on 05.20.15 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Today the guru’s at HRE have dropped a brand new wheel conceived from years of building racing wheels for teams running in IMSA and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.  The new wheel dubbed the RC103 is the first model in HRE’s new RC1 series which is meant to be a line of wheels that are light weight and suitable for racing and track days but offered at a more “affordable” price.

Like many of HRE’s offerings the RC103 is a forged monoblock one-piece wheel made from aerospace grade aluminum.  Despite the RC103 being bred from racing, its 11 spoke design has a very “street wheel” look to it and I mean that in a good way.  It can also clear big brake kits from the likes of Brembo.  The RC103 can be had in a 5 lug pattern or as a centerlock wheel and can be custom made to order per the buyer’s specific application.

Expect to see this wheel more than a few times at the next European car meet as I expect this new model to be very popular with the BMW crowd as is the case with most HRE wheels.  What do you think of the RC103?  Like it?  Hate it?  What car do you think these wheels would look best on?  Let me know in the comments or tweet us at @MotorworldHype.

[Source: HREWheels.com]

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SEMA 2014: The Enkei Wheels x Rocket Bunny Mazda RX-7 BRAPs Its Way Into Our Hearts

Posted on 11.05.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


When I first fell into this culture the 3rd Generation Mazda RX-7 was one of my favorite cars.  It had great lines, it was incredibly rare to see one in person, and its rotary engine added a mysterious nature that just made it too damn cool for school (yes, I just wrote that).  It also didn’t hurt that it was the weapon of choice for legendary import drag racer Adam Saruwatari who was a hero of mine at the time.  Lately though, as in the last 10 years the third-gen RX-7 doesn’t get as much love in the show scene as it used to.  Especially with the rise in popularity of cars like the WRX, Evo, and 240SX.  However, when one does show up and its done right it still invokes all those feelings I had about it when I was a teenager and today it still retains those qualities.  Having said that, its truly awesome to see an RX-7 with the now incredibly popular (maybe too poplar) Rocket Bunny treatment sitting in the Enkei Wheels booth at SEMA.

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I really love what they did with it from the brandywine candy paint with gold color scheme to the classically styled custom Enkei92 wheels with the step lip.  If I were to build an RX-7 right now this is pretty close to how I would do it so needless to say its a pleasure for me to look at!  Good job Enkei!

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Wheel Wednesday: Work Wheels Seeker CX Is Aimed Squarely At The Vee-Dub Crowd

Posted on 02.26.14 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Its been a while but Wheel Wednesday is back and this week I am showing off a wheel that was specifically designed to make any VW-phile swoon.  Its from Work Wheels new “Seeker” line and its called the CX.  It has what I can only describe as a “super mesh” design that looks perfect under the arches of just about any generation VW Golf but would likely look just as good on a Jetta or Passat.  What’s life without experimentation?  The CX is a two-piece wheel and customers can get custom offsets in 1mm increments.  A step lip barrel is available as an option as well for those who like it spicy!  All in all the CX is a nice pair of euro shoes for your VW and worth of a Wheel Wednesday mention.  If you want a set hit up your local Work Wheels dealer and they should be able to hook you up!

[Source: WorkWheelsUSA.com]

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Wheel Wednesday: Advan Racing GT

Posted on 11.06.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


Welcome to another edition of Wheel Wednesday!  This week we picked the “GT” wheel from Yokohama’s Advan Racing line.  The GT is basically a tougher more “race-inspired” version of the TCIII.  It comes in three different lip sizes from standard all the way to “extra deep” and just for a touch of extra slickness the logo on the spoke is machined in, not a decal!  We really love how much this wheel takes the TCIII design up a few notches.  Its also made through a process called “mold form forging” which makes it light and strong so besides looking good it comes with a fair amount of function.  That is why the Advan GT is our wheel Wednesday pick!

[Source: Mackin Industries ]

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Wheel Wednesday: Rotiform Race TMB

Posted on 10.30.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This week’s Wheel Wednesday features a piece from a wheel company right here in California, in the OC specifically.  Rotiform wheels is a relatively new company but they have made big waves, especially in the Euro car scene.  Their designs are reminiscent of old school Euro designs but with modern flare and quality.  This particular wheel from Rotiform’s “race” line is dubbed the “TMB” and I have no idea what it stands for.  What I do know is that it is a three-piece forged wheel that looks absolutely beautiful on a slammed Audi.  For that fact alone it earns a Wheel Wednesday honor.

If you are interested in a set of TMB’s their sizes range from 13″ to 16″ and start at $700 per wheel.  Rotiform wheels are custom tailored for each customer depending on their car and suspension set up so any interested parties should hit them up directly at Rotiform.com.

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Wheel Wednesday: Super Advan RACING Ver. 2 AKA “The 3 Spoke”

Posted on 10.23.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments


This week’s Wheel Wednesday is a throwback to my high school days.  Back then wheel designs were a little more abstract sort to speak.  Wheel companies had no problem playing with spoke designs and dimensions.  Honestly, most of them looked like crap.  However, one such odd ball wheel really took off and that was the Super Advan RACING Ver. 2 which was more commonly known as “the 3 spoke” wheel, because it had…3 spokes.  Well, three split spokes to be precise.  Anyhow it was a great wheel and only those who were really “fashion forward” in the scene rocked them.  Two such people who stand out are former Super Street writer and current Clipper fan-boy Ricky Chu’s 240SX and N.O.B. Taniguchi’s famous D1 Grand Prix S15 Silvia.

They have always been notoriously hard to find and expensive.  Even back when they were in full production it was rare to see them at a show and even more rare to see them on the street (wheel locks weren’t so great back then) so when they were spotted it was automatically an event!  As far as I know this wheel has been discontinued but if one looks hard enough they might be able to find a set in good condition for sale.

I know that anyone willing to rock this set of shoes on a show car today would earn instant nostalgia points.  That’s the kind of clout these bad boys have.  As such, I salute you Advan 3 spoke!


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German Hype: Audi To Release “DTM Champion” Edition A5 Coupe

Posted on 10.17.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

To celebrate their recent success with their DTM team and driver Mike Rockenfeller Audi is releasing a special “DTM Champion” edition A5 coupe later this month (Oct. 21st).  Actually, it is more of a special dealer option package but either way its limited and its kind of awesome.  The package includes a color matched fixed rear wing, special 20 inch aluminum wheels, DTM badging, and comes in one of three colors (Misano Red, Daytona Grey, or Glacier White).

Only 300 of these packages will be produced and will come in at a cost of 1,900 Euros which is about $2,600.  Although the fact that the press release only mentions the price in Euros is a pretty strong indicator that this package won’t bee seen at American Audi dealerships. 

Although if you “know a guy” maybe you can get one shipped over.  That would score major jealousy points with fellow Audi-philes!  For now you can click the thumbnail below for an HD-sized picture of the DTM Champion package so you can see all the little details.

Press Release:

Audi A5 Coupé as special edition DTM model

  • Exclusive limited edition equipment and trim
  • “A5 DTM Champion” package priced at 1,900 euros

Attractive extras emphasize the individuality of the special edition model: DTM badges on the door sill trims, the fenders and the side sills add further styling touches. Other special features are the fixed rear wing in body color and exterior mirrors in aluminum look. 20-inch cast aluminum wheels in 5 V-spoke design round out the equipment list. This special package is priced at 1,900 euros.

The special edition A5 DTM Champion model can be ordered from October 21 and is available in the colors Misano red, Daytona gray and Glacier white. There is a choice of four engines: 2.0 TDI quattro with 130 kW (177 hp), 3.0 TDI quattro with 180 kW (245 hp), 2.0 TFSI quattro with 165 kW (225 hp) and 3.0 TFSI quattro with 200 kW (272 hp).

Audi is celebrating the success of Mike Rockenfeller with the special edition “A5 DTM Champion” model. Production of the model is limited to 300 units and will not only excite fans of “Rocky”. With victory in Zandvoort, the Audi works driver won the 2013 DTM season with races to spare, thus securing his first ever title in the popular touring car series.

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Wheel Wednesday: The Legendary BBS LM

Posted on 10.16.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

There are hundreds of thousands of different wheels out there in the world but there are only a few that are nearly universally loved and coveted.  The BBS LM is at the top of that short list.  For as long as I could remember the BBS LM has been a “dream wheel” to just about anyone I’ve meet who likes cars even half as much as I do.  There is a reason why the BBS LM is one of the most copied counterfeited wheels in the world.  However, there is just no substitute for the real damn thing!

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Wheel Wednesday: Fatlace x AME F/ZERO2 Collab Brings AME Design Back From The Past

Posted on 10.02.13 | Andrew Beckford No Comments

As you may have read in the JCCS coverage, the trend of restoring old school JDM rides is here to stay.  Visionary leader of fashion brand Fatlace, Mark Arcenal saw this coming a long time ago and began working with Japanese wheel company AME to try and bring back some of their past designs.  The result of their collab is the new F/ZERO line, including the F/ZERO 02 which brings back two old school AME wheels but with modern fitments.

The wheels made their public debut at the JCCS show and are now available for pre-order.  At only about $800 a set I predict these wheels will be a hot ticket Christmas item!

[Source: Fatlace.com]

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