Borbet – future technologies and new rims
In addition to presenting numerous new products at the IAA motor ship, wheel manufacturer Borbet also shared details of three new future technologies.
With its ‘Aero Concept’, the company’s engineers have, together with the automotive industry, developed flow-optimised aluminium wheels. Borbet has already shared details of the concept’s initial draft, however at the IAA it showed a further stage in development for the first time.
Another Borbet technology making its debut at the IAA was the ‘ExaPeel Omnifire 1000 printing process, which it developed together with print engineering specialist Heidelberg Druckmaschinen. This digital printing system enables even complicated colour gradients to be applied to alloy rims.
Celebrating its global premiere at the Frankfurt motor show was the VTX rim. Borbet describes the rim as having a “noble and spirited” rotor design. Ten staggered spokes give the appearance of a “rolling turbine.” The VTX is available from October in lacquered and polished finishes (brilliant silver, black glossy and graphite polished) for Mercedes AMG models in sizes 7.5 x 19-inch, 8.5 x 19-inch and 9.5 x 19-inch, and for the Renault Scenic in 6.5 x 20-inch with offset 33.
Another product launched at the IAA was the W-wheel, the latest rim to join Borbet’s ‘Classic’ category. The ten-spoke wheel will be available as of October in sizes 6.5 x 16-inch and 7 x 17-inch for vehicles such as the Renault Kadjar and Megane as well as Skoda Karoq, Seat Arona, Audi Q2 and the Mercedes A class. Available options include PCDs from 108 to 114.3/5, as well as crystal silver and mistral anthracite glossy finishes.