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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.

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Motegi Racing MR116 Wheels

Approx. price: $110.

Key Features:

  • 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
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American Racing AR172 Baja Satin Wheels

American Racing Custom Wheels

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American Racing AR172 Baja Satin Wheels

Approx. price: $126.

Key Features:

  • 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
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Konig Helium Wheel

Approx. price: $93.

Key Features:

  • Lightweight
  • 8-Spoke
  • 4x100 only
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NS Series Drift Ten Wheels

Approx. price: $0.

Key Features:

  • 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
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TSW Nurburgring Wheels

Approx. price: $479.

Key Features:

  • Wheel Size: 18x8.5
  • Bolt Pattern: 5/114.3
  • Offset: ET20
  • Hub Bore Size: 76mm
  • Finish: Matte Gunmetal
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KMC KM651 Slide Gloss Wheels

Approx. price: $0.

Key Features:

  • 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
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Rotiform LAS-R Matte Black Wheels

Approx. price: $0.

Key Features:

  • 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
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Verde Regency Chrome Wheels

Approx. price: $175.

Key Features:

  • 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
  • Does not include lug nuts or lug bolts
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Fuel Offroad Revolver Wheels

Approx. price: $218.

Key Features:

  • 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
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VTX Rogue Satin Wheels

Approx. price: $0.

Key Features:

  • Size: 17x8.5
  • Bolt Pattern: 6x139.7 (6x5.5)
  • Offset: -10
  • Lip Size: 1.5"
  • Sold Individually
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XXR 530 Chromium Wheels

Approx. price: $168.

Key Features:

  • 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
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SPEC-1 Racing SP-8 Gloss Black Machined Wheels

Approx. price: $346.

Key Features:

  • 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

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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