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Originally Posted by Sticky
I made a mistake. the 19 X 8.5 actually weigh in at 15 lbs. Those are the lightest wheels in the industry. They are even lighter than BBS. They retail for about 10K.
here re some photos, Below you will find the RS5 Ti that is 15 lbs!
This a quote from Campioni Shop:
Since CampioniShop launched in 2006, we have been trying our hardest to find the highest quality, highest performing, most innovative products for the Cayman platform. We introduced the now famous REMUS exhaust systems, the very popular and affordable Forgestar wheels and we now bring one of the biggest evolution in FORGED wheels; AUTOMOTIF.
Why is it an evolution?
AUTOMOTIF was able to design a 1 piece forged 19x8.5" wheel that came in at a jaw dropping15 lbs! This is UNHEARD of in the FORGED wheels industry. The lightest comparable wheel is a BBS FI, coming in at 16.31 lbs for a 19x8.75" and these cost close to 10,000$ for a set!
How did they achieve this?
T6061 forged aluminum has very specific properties that make it extremely difficult to retain strength while shedding weight past a certain threshold. AUTOMOTIF turned to new and innovative solutions to further reduce the weight of their wheels:
. Titanium fasteners
These very lightweight titanium fasteners are especially made for our three piece forged wheel line and shave off over 1 pound from each wheel, resulting in an overall 5 pounds of weight saved. Not only are they significantly lighter but also almost twice as strong as our standard stainless steel fasteners.
2. Titanium or the world's first CARBON FIBER lug nuts
AUTOMOTIF are the only ones to not only offer lightweight titanium lug nuts which are especially made for our three piece and monobloc forged wheel lines as well as anodized lug nuts in a variety of colors but also an industry first which is carbon fiber lug nuts. Not only are they lighter and stronger but they were also made to be the most visually pleasing as well. They are available for almost any application and are made to each vehicles specifications.
Lollipop groove - As much as 2-3 pounds can be taken off from spokes.
Backpad/mounting pad pocketing - results in over one pound weight savings
Assembly flange pocketing - one pound weight reduction
4. Race pocketing
In order to be able to not only say but deliver on the promise that we offer not only the strongest but lightest wheels on the market we had to explore new ideas of saving weight which led us to thinking about we could do to the wheels themselves, and thus we came up with race pockets (backpad/mounting pad) as well as lollipop (spoke) pocketing that cuts off excess material in and around the spokes themselves but still we took it a step further in order to shave off as much weight as possible while still ensuring that we have a very strong wheel and decided to take off from the assembly flange as well.
5. Coming soon - CARBON FIBER barrels and composites
Our standard carbon overlay barrels come in the beautiful standard carbon finish, but we also offer carbon fiber, kevlar, and texalium finishes. Future endevours include offering PVD coatings such as Tialn and Tin as well as exploring the use of magnesium alloy for our wheels which would be 20% lighter than T 6061 aerospace grade aluminum. We have a very dedicated skunkworks program just for this
Is it safe?
YES! AUTOMOTIF is currently testing for JWL, VIA and SAE. They also have plans to get their wheels TUV approved!
Are they another wheel "marketer" or a true manufacturer?
AUTOMOTIF has invested millions in their R&D and manufacturing facilities. As you know, many wheel companies outsource their manufacturing to a company like MHT in California, but AUTOMOTIF have their own HAAS cnc milling and lathe machines in house where we design, cut, and paint all the wheels.
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