INDIANAPOLIS — Forgeline Motorsports L.L.C. is broadening its market coverage with the launch of two lines of mono-block aluminum wheels for the drag-racing community, including a line with bead-locking feature.
Forgeline said it is leveraging its 25-plus years of experience in road-racing to design and manufacturing the Forged Beadlock Wheel, which features a bolt-on beadlock ring that, like the wheel itself, is precision-machined from forged 6061-T6 aluminum.
The Dayton, Ohio-based company unveiled the new product lines at the 2019 Performance Racing Industry Show, which runs through Dec. 14 at Lucas Oil Field in downtown Indianapolis.
On the Beadlock Wheel, the ring holds the tire securely in place, Forgeline said, to limit unwanted tire slip against the wheel and to keep the tire from unseating at very high speeds. The bead-locking ring is secured to the wheel with a series of 21 ARP stainless steel bolts. Forgeline also offers an optional upgrade to lightweight titanium bolts, for those looking to save even more weight.
"This is a product that came about as an engineering challenge in response to specific customer needs," Forgeline President David Schardt said.
"More and more of our customers are using their sports cars for drag racing and mile or half mile racing events. And as they got more serious about it, many of them wanted to try a beadlock wheel, but they were unhappy with the options on the market.
"They wanted something with true custom fitments and a higher performance level. Our engineering team decided that this was a solvable problem. We just had to sit down and come at it from a new perspective."
The One Piece Forged Monoblock GS1R Beadlock and CF1R Beadlock wheels are available in 17-inch diameters in widths ranging from 8.5 to 11 inches and in 18-inch diameters in widths ranging from 10 to 13 inches. The company plans to add 19-inch diameter sizes this coming spring.
Complementing the GS1R (10-spoke design) and CF1R (five-spoke) is the GS1R "Skinny" line for front/steer-axle applications. Similar to the road-racing version of the GS1R, the 18×5-inch "Skinny" version is precision-machined from a single forging of proprietary 6061-T6 aluminum alloy and optimized for drag-racing applications.
This new version is not only narrower — which necessitates a unique narrow forging — but is built with revised performance metrics to make it as lightweight as possible, Forgeline said, while retaining the "exceptional" brake clearance of the original GS1R.
Noting that the GS1R Skinny is seen as complementary to the Beadlock drive-axle versions, Forgeline President Dave Schardt said, "Many of the serious enthusiasts who are willing to invest in a beadlock for the rear are also looking for a skinny for the front. But understandably, they want the convenience and flexibility of a bolt-on/bolt-off solution. So they need that big brake clearance in the front to make it viable."