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Best Car Racing Wheels & Rims – Reviews and QP Ratings (Dec 2018)

Last updated: 18.12.2018 0

Best car racing wheels & rims must have certain specific qualities – strength, stiffness, and light weight. They must be strong enough to withstand the abuse of competition and make it through the race without failing, they must be stiff enough to withstand extreme loads without deflecting, and they must be light enough to have no adverse effects on suspension operation, braking and acceleration. Although forged aluminum 2-piece and 3-piece wheels, and 1-piece monoblock wheels are most commonly used for racing, there are also cast and flow formed alloy racing wheels, and some classes of circle track racing use steel rims.

NameQP Rating
Motegi Racing MR116 Wheels 9.6 See all reviews Check Price
American Racing AR172 Baja Satin Wheels 9.2 See all reviews Check Price
Konig Helium Wheel 8.8 See all reviews Check Price
NS Series Drift Ten Wheels 8.3 See all reviews Check Price
TSW Nurburgring Wheels 8.3 See all reviews Check Price
KMC KM651 Slide Gloss Wheels 8.1 See all reviews Check Price
Rotiform LAS-R Matte Black Wheels 7.9 See all reviews Check Price
Verde Regency Chrome Wheels 7.6 See all reviews Check Price
Fuel Offroad Revolver Wheels 7.3 See all reviews Check Price
VTX Rogue Satin Wheels 6.8 See all reviews Check Price
XXR 530 Chromium Wheels 6.3 See all reviews Check Price
SPEC-1 Racing SP-8 Gloss Black Machined Wheels 6.1 See all reviews Check Price

Motegi Racing MR116 Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Available in 15" 16" 17" and 18" diameters with various widths and off-sets
  • Matte black painted finish with red racing stripe and center cap
  • Lifetime structural and a one-year finish warranty against peeling or lifting of finish
  • Lug nuts are not included with wheel purchase
  • Pictures are meant to show the style of the wheel not necessarily the bolt pattern - please refer to product specifications below for exact product information

Through technical partnerships with leading professional racing teams, Motegi Racing wheels are inspired by performance. Motegi Racing was conceived to develop the most advanced performance wheels through innovations in design and engineering. Through the development of high-quality wheels, we provide to our demanding customers a product that delivers the ultimate performance in racetracks and street. Our technology and design follows a true philosophy of pure performance, allowing the form of the wheel to follow the function necessary to succeed in different racing environments. Whatever your passion in performance automotive is, Motegi Racing is your partner in the pursuit of authentic performance.

American Racing AR172 Baja Satin Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Available in 15" 16" and 17" diameters with various widths and off-sets
  • Satin black painted finish and center cap
  • Lifetime structural and a one-year finish warranty against peeling or lifting of finish
  • Lug nuts are not included with wheel purchase
  • Pictures are meant to show the style of the wheel not necessarily the bolt pattern - please refer to product specifications below for exact product information

60 years ago American Racing was built on a simple mission. To reinvent the automotive wheel through designing and handcrafting high strength-to-weight-ratio racing wheels for motorsports. From drag racing, Indy, Baja to the establishment of hot rod builds and high performance muscle cars American Racing has remained one of the most iconic brands in the automotive industry. Today, the brand continues to drive all facets of American influenced motorsports. It’s passion driven by those who are constantly evolving America’s influence on motorsports. Vintage, Hot Rods, Muscle, V8, and all American established racing disciplines. American Racing is truly an icon and is the wheel of choice for all aspects of American influenced performance and custom automotive wheels.

Konig Helium Wheel

Key Specifications

  • Lightweight
  • 8-Spoke
  • 4x100 only

Konig Wheels has been setting trends and revolutionizing the wheel industry for 25 years. Dedicated to providing high quality products and services. KONIG combines twenty-Five years of track-tested innovations to create the industrys most coveted aftermarket products. Sought by professionals for their superb quality and craftsmanship, recognized by enthusiasts for their great value and admired by all for their signature styling. Konig and all of their brands has managed to establish themselves as the trend setter in the Tuner,Euro, Luxury and Dub markets making them the clear leader in innovations and designs. We have accomplished this by being the first to the market with innovated products that answer the customer's needs and exceed their expectations for value and quality. KONIG Wheels and all their brand lines are manufactured under strict OEM factory specifications and quality control standards. If it's for show or go, the choice is KONIG. Style is KING SPECS Diameter 15 in. Width 6.5 in. Offset +40 mm

NS Series Drift Ten Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Painted with three coats of Satin Black paint, then finished in a clear coat for improved appearance and durability
  • Unique 10 spoke design
  • Center cap included
  • 1 year finish warranty and lifetime structural warranty
  • Made In China

This deep lip 10 spoke design with a nice center bowl cutting. Is one of the most selected NS Drift wheels for race and daily usage. All Drift Tested and Track Tested .

TSW Nurburgring Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Wheel Size: 18x8.5
  • Bolt Pattern: 5/114.3
  • Offset: ET20
  • Hub Bore Size: 76mm
  • Finish: Matte Gunmetal

The Nurburgring custom alloy wheel, named after the Nurburgring circuit known as 'the Ring' by enthusiasts, is located in Nurburg, Germany. It was the main venue for the German Grand Prix as part of the F1 World Championship in the 50's through early 70's. Built in 1920, this 22 km track was widely known as being one of the toughest and most dangerous tracks in the world. It was nicknamed 'the green hell' by Jacki Stewart. In 1961, Phil Hill raced the fastest lap here at under 9 minutes in the Ferrari 156 F1 car and Niki Lauda later became the only person to lap the full circuit in under 7 minutes. The new Nurburgring Grand Prix Track, called GP-Strecke was completed in 1984 and has hosted several Grand Prix events.

KMC KM651 Slide Gloss Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Available in 20" 22" 24" and 26" diameters with various widths and off-sets
  • Gloss black painted finish with clearcoat and center cap
  • Lifetime structural and a one-year finish warranty against peeling or lifting of finish
  • Lug nuts are not included with wheel purchase
  • Pictures are meant to show the style of the wheel not necessarily the bolt pattern - please refer to product specifications below for exact product information

Founded in 1982, KMC has a 30-year legacy of delivering quality aftermarket and off-road wheels. With a belief that automotive performance was quickly changing yet the custom wheel industry wasn’t keeping up. KMC was born. Quickly aligning with a new generation of motor sports enthusiasts and action sports heroes the brand was quickly adopted by those who wanted custom wheels that were unique, special and capable of performing at the highest levels of racing across a new generation of motor sports. Today, that legacy continues and KMC is the most recognized wheel brand for always changing what is possible in car customization.

Rotiform LAS-R Matte Black Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Rotiform : LAS-R
  • 18x8.5 :5x100 : 35 Millimeter Offset
  • Innovative new engineering and styling
  • Excellent fit and finish only from Rotiform
  • Multiple widths and diameters with exclusive finishes

Refined and redesigned in multiple widths, diameters, and exclusive finishes. Innovative new engineering and casting methods yield stronger, lighter wheels while retaining the signature Rotiform look.  These ultimate do-it-all road wheels are built for everything from crossing the Brooklyn Bridge to driving down Main Street. These products are cast for affordable style, aggressive fitment, and unique looks. Designed to run any type of road, these wheels are constructed from premium materials and look as great as they perform. Every wheel is individually inspected for damage and defects before shipping, so you can be sure that exceptional quality and durability are what you get with each and every wheel.

Verde Regency Chrome Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Triple-dipped chrome plating
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) Compatible
  • One-piece cast aluminum construction
  • with center cap included
  • One year finish and lifetime structural warranty

The V41 – Regency stands out against the competition with an aggressive, Euro-stylized impression of a clean mesh design. The V41 – Regency is available in an immaculate chrome finish, and is presented in wheel diameters ranging from 16” through 20” for the majority of passenger car applications.

Fuel Offroad Revolver Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Fuel: Revolver : 16x8 :01 Offset
  • Finish: NB -Black MIL
  • Durable construction to withstand demanding off-road conditions
  • Engineered to take your driving experience one step further
  • Highly resistant to corrosion and the elements

Fuel Off Road Wheels offer a wide range of world class wheels, they have the latest off road wheel designs for off-roaders who wish to add style and elegance to their trucks. Fuel wheels are crafted by professional wheel designers who have extensive experience in the wheel industry. They are also made of high-quality materials that are highly resistant to corrosion and endure harsh driving conditions. Fuel is a leader in the wheel industry. Set your truck apart from the rest with these top-of-the-line Fuel Deep Lip wheels designed to combine exceptional style and durability. With huge negative offsets and relatively large rim width, they'll make your rig look bold and ready to conquer the toughest trails. Extremely lightweight, these wheels are the perfect way to improve your whole travel experience. They'll enhance overall drivability, handling and acceleration. What's more, these wheels offer excellent heat dissipation and as a result prolong brake life in high-performance conditions. Fuel Deep Lip wheels are available in a variety of finishes and spoke patterns, so you are sure to find the one that will ideally complement your vehicle.

VTX Rogue Satin Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Size: 17x8.5
  • Bolt Pattern: 6x139.7 (6x5.5)
  • Offset: -10
  • Lip Size: 1.5"
  • Sold Individually

The Rogue is a timeless concaved 10-spoke design with sharp corners to provide a modern and aggressive look. Inspired by the sporty 10-spoke design from the world of motorsports, the Rogue offers an powerful look for any application. Providing you with a bridge between the autosport and off-road world. Featuring also a simulated bead lock design, rock crawl with confidence and protection for your valve stems from contact with mother nature's surprises. It is available in either a smooth and silky Satin Black with a gloss black lip or a rugged Satin Gray with a gloss black lip standard finish, the Viper offersa classy feel to the split six-spoke design. It utilizes a one-piece cast aluminum construction and is offered in multiple size combinations and bolt patterns to suit your truck and utility vehicles. This wheel is available for powdercoating, polishing, and re-drilling through VarrsToen direct. Please call 562-698-8215 for product information and support.

XXR 530 Chromium Wheels

Key Specifications

  • Super deep concave wheel design featuring the most unique wheel widths on the market today
  • Extra wide wheel width promises you a massive tire stretch fitment on all 4-lug cars
  • Super light weight web design and a steep concave angle are extremely prevalent at the lug pocket

The listing is for (1) one wheel only.  Please change the quantity to properly reflect how many you need.Super deep concave wheel design featuring the most unique wheel widths on the market today.Extra wide wheel width and precise offset pairing allow you the perfect tire stretch fitment while affording you a maximum tire footprint for street and highway.This light weight traditional web styled design possess a major X-Factor property to clear large brake calipers on today’s most respected cars such as EVO, STI, and Z-Cars.

SPEC-1 Racing SP-8 Gloss Black Machined Wheels

Key Specifications

  • One-of-a-kind design created to catch the eye
  • Multi-spoke construction for durability and reduced weight
  • Corrosion- and UV-resistant finish
  • Computer balanced for smooth, vibration-free operation
  • Once Tires are mounted onto Wheels, the wheels become Non-Returnable

SP-8 Gloss Black with Machined Face Wheels by Spec-1®. The Spec-1 Racing wheel is a blend of futuristic design and modern technology. Created to exceed your expectations in terms of quality and reliability, it features a stylish multi-spoke design, which ensures both unmatched performance and a unique appearance that is sure to complement your vehicle.

Though their basic construction and material makeup may be similar, racing wheels vary greatly according to the type of competition. They may both be round but other than that a rim designed for rally car racing will be vastly different than one for a top fuel dragster. And while many racing wheels may look the same as aftermarket wheels you can buy for a street car, don’t let the similar appearance fool you. Racing wheels are typically manufactured using a much higher-grade aluminum alloy, and they’re computer designed to ensure strength in critical areas. Ordinary road wheels are engineered to handle the stresses of street use and would most likely fail in a racing environment.

Superior material and CAD design are just the beginning with racing wheels. Forged aluminum wheels are the go-to wheels for many types of competition because the heat and pressure of the forging process creates a stronger, stiffer wheel with less material, for a lightweight rim that can improve performance. Lighter wheels mean less unsprung weight so the suspension doesn’t have to work as hard, and less rotational mass, for faster braking and quicker acceleration. Flow forming is a process that creates a wheel that is almost as strong as a forging, at an affordable price, perfect if you’re racing on a budget. In this process a cast aluminum wheel is spun while rollers apply great pressure to the inside of the barrel, which changes the mechanical properties and grain structure of the cast rim, increasing strength and stiffness.

Forged monoblock aluminum wheels are preferred by racers who want to fit the lightest wheel for the ultimate in performance, but for many 3-piece forged alloy rims are more practical and economical. Even the strongest rims can get bashed at the track, and 3-piece wheels can be repaired and only the damaged part replaced. Their modular construction also means numerous offset and rim widths can be created with 3-piece rims. Steel racing wheels are made strong to perform in short track and stock car racing where contact with other cars is common. The wheel center is formed from high strength steel that is stamped, drawn and machined for hub fitment and brake clearance and cooling, and then welded to a thick steel rolled or spun steel barrel.

Innovation born out of necessity also differentiates racing wheels from road wheels. On road wheels inflation pressure keeps the tire on the rim. But combine massive horsepower with low inflation pressure, as is common in drag racing, and the tire can slip on the rim. Beadlock rims, which clamp the tire bead to the wheel, are now used in many types of racing. Racing wheels are routinely on and off the car during pit stops and when the car is repaired and prepped for an event. Steel lug nut inserts are used on some rims to prevent galling and ruining the aluminum alloy from repeated removal and installation.

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