DAYTON, Ohio (Dec. 5, 2016) — Racing wheel producer Forgeline Motorsports has formed a partnership with Emergent Carbon Wheels to develop a two-piece carbon-fiber/forged-aluminum wheel, which launched recently under the “Carbon+Forged Series” brand.
Kansas City, Kan.-based Emergent Carbon engineers and manufactures advanced carbon-fiber automotive wheels for OEM and aftermarket customers, while Dayton-based Forgeline is privately-owned manufacturing company dedicated to high-performance/racing wheels.
The new wheels, featuring Forgeline's CNC machined-forged aluminum centers bonded with Emergent's proprietary carbon fiber barrels, are 42-percent lighter than equivalent aluminum wheels, Forgeline said.
The weight reduction is achieved in the outer perimeter, Forgeline said, where the greatest reduction in unwanted inertia is achieved for real-world improvements in acceleration, braking, cornering, ride quality, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), driver/passenger comfort and fuel economy.
The wheels exceeding all existing SAE and TUV test specifications, Forgeline said, including the AK-LH 08 radial impact test standard.