CLEVELAND (Nov. 13, 2002) — Alcoa Wheel and Forged Products is launching a new family of forged aluminum light truck wheels called Magnum that will be available exclusively from American Racing Equipment.
The creation of the Magnum line reflects the desires of both American Racing and Alcoa to expand their offers to the light truck market, Cleveland-based Alcoa Wheel said. Alcoa created several designs for consideration, the firm said, and American Racing chose the Magnum design, which features grooved vertical accent lines between softly rounded triangular hand holes.
The wheel range will be available in 16x6.5-inch for 2001-2002 model year GMC CK 3500 pickups, and two 16x6-inch sizes (with different backspace sizes) for 1999-2002 model year Ford-350s and for 2000-2002 model year Dodge 3500s.
This is not the first time Alcoa has made wheels for an independent marketer. Previously it had an exclusive agreement with Max-Trac Tire Co. Inc. (which does business as Mickey Thompson Performance Tires and Wheels) for the M/T Classic and Challenger forged wheels. Those wheels were exclusive until last year, Alcoa said, but now are available from any authorized Alcoa warehouse distributor.
Alcoa Wheel, a business unit of aluminum producer Alcoa Inc., manufactures forged aluminum wheels for heavy trucks, large aircraft and military tanks, forged and cast wheels for the automotive industry, and forged aluminum, titanium and nickel-based alloy parts for aerospace and industrial applications. The business unit employs 4,200 associates at 19 locations in eight countries.