As Jeremy Clarkson may have uttered back in the pre-Steakrage glory days of Top Gear, this is the biggest carbon fibre wheel…in the world. After years of development with one of the world’s leading composite suppliers, Bentley has unveiled a new carbon fibre wheel developed specifically for the Bentayga. The 22-inch carbon wheel, engineered with renowned specialists Bucci Composites, is to be the largest carbon wheel in production globally and offers a vast range of benefits beyond the initial 6-kilogramme improvement in unsprung mass per wheel.
The Ronal R62 wheel is now available for the new Audi RS 3 (8V) and many other mid-range and compact vehicles. The Ronal R62 is the first Ronal wheel with a look that can be customized with coloured design elements.
The success of the Eurosport Stuttgart has presented Wolfrace and its engineering team with an interesting dilemma – how to go about reinventing one of their most popular wheels without spoiling or otherwise unduly changing its appearance. As far as dilemmas go it’s certainly a nice one to have, though not quite as nice as the solution Wolfrace has actually come up with, the Stuttgart Ultra Concave. According to the company, it’s perfect for “VW T5 and T6 owners seeking to make an automotive statement”.
2015 marks the sixth year of the Latin American & Caribbean Tyre Expo, which runs 16-18 July 2015and provides buyers in these regions the possibility of establishing business connections with tyre companies from around the world in a personal atmosphere.
Bringing speed and precision to wheel removal and fitting in the workshop
Winntec has launched the Winntec Wheel Assist, a product which aims to bring speed and precision to wheel removal and fitting. Operating as a standalone piece of workshop equipment, the Winntec Wheel Assist uses gas springs to enable workshop technicians to remove or replace wheels.
Checkpoint, purportedly the original manufacturer and developer of the wheel nut indicator, is set to launch two new CV wheel safety and security products at this October’s Brityrex International exhibition in Manchester.
Kumho Tire USA has extended its original equipment supply to Chrysler with the homologation of its Solus TA31 all-season tyre for the 2015 Chrysler 200 range. Beginning in March 2014, Kumho is supplying the TA31 in size 235/45R18 94V for select front wheel drive and all wheel drive models within the line-up. The Solus TA31 features a symmetric tread design, and Kumho says the tyre “meets consumer desire for excellent ride comfort while maintaining a very low noise threshold.”
Evo Corse has introduced a new lightweight aluminium alloy wheel, the X3MA Zero, available in size 15×8”. With racing pedigree, the manufacturer says the wheel features better handling, acceleration, and cooling during braking, as well as high stiffness and strength. Available from May 2014 for BMW, VW and Ford applications, the 6.1kg wheel will be […]
Rial has launched its latest alloy wheel, the U1. Described as an “all-rounder”, Rial has made the wheel available in many standard 14-17 inch dimensions. It comes in Polar silver with four hole connection in sizes 5.5×14”, 6.0×15” and 6.0×16”; and with five hole fittings in sizes 5.0×14”, 6.0×15”, 6.5×16”, 7.5×16”, 7.0×17”, 7.5×17” and 8.0×17”. […]
MRF Tyres has launched a new aircraft tyre, the MRF Aeromuscle, and will supply this as the main wheel fitment for the Indian Air Force’s more than 200-strong fleet of Sukhoi Su-30MKI fighter planes. The tyres are produced at the company’s Hyderabad factory and are said to be 30 to 40 per cent cheaper than their imported equivalent. The Indian Air Force sought out a local tyre supplier for the Su-30 due to difficulties sourcing the tyres overseas. MRF has now also been given a mandate to design nose wheel tyres for the aircraft.
Germany’s Reiff Group, whose business portfolio includes tyre and wheel wholesale and retail activities, has reported that “two negative influences” affected its business in 2013: A one-off effect of €4.9 million and a drop in margins in its tyre business. Group turnover fell 3.6 per cent year-on-year to €509 million, with €358 million coming from its tyre and auto business. The company reported a net loss of €8.7 million; in 2012, it achieved a net profit of €0.6 million.
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.