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Wheels- Racing
Wheels- Racing

Racing wheels are used for high performance vehicles which require the ability to accelerate quickly while turning at high speeds; without losing traction. These wheels are light and durable. The materials used to produce these intricate wheels are magnesium, aluminum, and sometimes steel. The use of magnesium wheels rose to popularity in the 1960’s, due to the fact that the wheels were made with magnesium which made them extremely light weight. Magnesium is rarely used in today's time due to the fact that it corrodes easily, is expensive, is difficult to maintain, and catches fire easily. Currently, most high performance race cars use alloy wheels, which are a type of aluminum. These wheels are a little heavier than their magnesium counterparts, however, they are much cheaper and safer. Steel and other types of aluminum are still used to make racing wheels, however, the performance that alloy offers is preferred by the racing industry.

Racing wheels are designed to be light weight and compact. It is common for most of the inner metal material in the wheel, to be carved out, which creates thin metal posts. The less material used in the inner workings of the wheel, the lighter will be. Balancing "less weight", without sacrificing durability and strength poses a challenge for racing wheel manufacturers. This process makes the racing wheel much sleeker than it's counterparts, and is commonly purchased "just for looks" by non-racing clientele.

The average size of racing wheels are between 15” and 18”. The size of wheels needed, depends on the vehicle's ability to accommodate interference in the wheel wells, distance, and type of track being raced on. The type of track, and distance are important when choosing a wheel size, due to the fact, that certain sizes, get better fuel mileage while others assist the vehicle in acceleration. In order to provide more rubber on the ground,which makes for better traction, the width of racing wheels is typically wider than standard wheels. Depending on the type of racing being done, it may be necessary for the wheels in the front to be thinner than the wheels in the back. By doing this, it relieves the pressure from the front, for optimum traction.

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