Alloy and steel wheel distributor Wheelwright has extended its Calibre T-Sport alloy wheel range. Already popular for Ford Transit and Transit Custom fitments, the wheel is now available for the smaller Ford Transit Connect.
UK wheel distributor Wheelwright has released a new product in its private brand Calibre range which offers performance tuned for drifting. Developed in association with British Drift Championship SuperPro champion Michael Marshall from Team MNM, the Calibre 7Twenty features a seven spoke design and “monobloc” casting for increased strength and lightness. The wheel’s look alludes […]
Wheelwright, the UK’s largest wheel importer and wholesaler, has released details of a new concave addition to their 2014 collection: the Calibre CC-S. The 2014 programme features the brand new split five-spoke CC-S. According to the company, this style comes as a result of responding to “the dramatic increase in demand for deep concave styles”. Designed to retain “an air of OEM sophistication”, the precision engineered CC-S boasts a contemporary matte black/polished finish which accentuates the concave effect of the five spokes as they reach from the centre to the rim edge.
Wheelwright private brand Calibre has launched its latest multi-spoke wheel, the Rapide. Designed with timeless elegance in mind, Wheelwright says the wheel puts the looks of much more expensive wheels into a price point more suited to the average enthusiast – the smallest fitments cost £76.
Calibre has announced the launch of the latest addition to its higher end Calibre Couture range, the Potentia. The new rim is designed primarily for the luxury saloon and SUV market, and is available only in a 9×22” size to reflect this.
The Michelin Challenge Design is now in its twelfth year and once again it invites aspiring designers from around the world to focus on design relating to a theme or an emerging trend in the automotive industry. For the 2014 competition, Michelin has chosen the theme “Driven/Undriven: The Duality of Tomorrow’s Automobiles.” Under this topic, participants are asked to explore the human connection to a vehicle and address the potential of autonomous motoring, as it opens new possibilities in automotive design. Specifically, participants in the 2014 Michelin Challenge Design are encouraged to design a vehicle with features and capabilities to engage drivers both in an “Undriven” autonomous mode and a “Driven” driver-controlled mode.
A US man has aptly demonstrated why tyres, firearms and alcohol don’t make the most congenial bedfellows. Oregon-based publication the Statesman Journal reports the story of Brandon Butler, who late on the evening of 14 December inspected a set of tyres being sold by an acquaintance, Anthony Catullo. According to the Statesman Journal, rather than offering cash for the tyres, Butler suggested a barter arrangement.
The Calibre wheel brand has launched its latest design, Friction, which incorporates motorsport design cues and fine paint detailing. The wheel’s hot blue candy highlights on each spoke edge contrast sharply with the deep black paintwork and, using paint technology developed for US showcars, are particularly prevalent under flash lighting or in sunlight. Available in both 7×17” and 8×18” fitments in both four and five stud PCDs, the Friction is a two stage heat-treated wheel with key PCDs, including most Euro, VAG, Jap and tuner cars, covered.
Calibre has announced the next in its collection of niche wheel designs, which will launch in 2012. The Askari is “a new take on the ever-popular ‘Y Spoke’ genre,” according to the manufacturer. It is designed with motorsport aesthetics in mind; a gloss black centre sits within a polished and deep-set lip, reflecting what Calibre says are current trends.
Fashion wheel brand Calibre has released a new 18” version of its Dub wheel. The new Dub enlarges the style of the 15” version to create a design that gives a realistic pseudo-split rim appearance. The wheel measures 8” in width and is available in a variety of PCDs for five-stud fitments. Wheels can also be ordered blank to allow for custom drilling.
On August 1 Continental AG’s Passenger & Light Truck Tires (PLT) and Commercial Vehicle Tires (CVT) divisions will be consolidated into a single unit known simply as the Tires division. This combined division will be headed up by Nikolai Setzer, who has led the PLT division since joining the company’s Executive Board in August 2009. Current CVT division head Dr. Hans-Joachim Nikolin has resigned from Continental on “highly amicable terms” and will leave the company on July 31. Conti’s Supervisory Board gave its consent for Dr. Nikolin's relinquishment of his office by mutual agreement at a meeting on June 7.
Wheel brand Calibre has announced the release of its new nine-spoke alloy wheel, the Vertigo, in 15”-18” diameters. The brand says the wheel is inspired by classic designs from the tuning scene, with “a deep bolt bowl and finely sculpted spokes.” The Vertigo “offers superb caliper clearance and light weight in a stunning heat treated package”, with a lacquered sparkle silver finish.