Why Alloy rims and quality wheels are important for safety.

Why Alloy rims and quality wheels are important for safety.

Talking about the standard of the rim could be a difficult business for many brands that exist in the modern performance parts world, as different rims are made for various reasons, whether for performance, for looks or overall toughness. Like a repair specialist, I spend probably the most time considering how durable my aftermarket parts are, are they going to bend, crash, explode under strenuous conditions? After all anytime we are dealing with rims we are talking about what plants our power to the ground, gives us traction and allows us to steer. They are kind of important.

Most alloy rims are comprised of the metal aluminum alloy, aluminum is lightweight, strong and readily available for companies that are looking to mass produce a product. Last week we took to reviewing a couple different brands of wheels and one of those being the esr sr01 wheels that are being built by a new company based out of California. We wanted to test durability and cracks under impacts which will only bend much softer wheels. The very best rims occupy a middle ground between both of these hugely vast conditions.

As I have ample client base that like rims mainly for, or size, or perhaps “bling,” the huge most of my clients are daily car enthusiasts and or owners who would like good tough rims that won’t cost them a ton of money to help keep straight and searching right. We decided to put these wheels to the test, we purchases a single rim and literally drove it around the track, testing the durability for a track-day at spruce meadows. Well one thing is for sure, the rims held up, they withstood all of our tests keeping a consistent 500hp on the ground at all times.. We didn’t experience any breaks cracks or anything else of that matter.

Corolla Vs Supra Suspension Setups

Corolla Vs Supra Suspension Setups

Corolla AE86
This car is legendary in the world of street racing in Japan. Simply known as the “eight-six” or “hachi-roku” this car was the last Corolla model with a rear-wheel drive-train. The 86 was produced between 1983-1987 and is still driven today by downhill and drifting enthusiasts. There are two models of the AE86, the Levin (Lightning) and the Trueno (Thunder). The Levin has static headlights while the Trueno has retractable lights.

Drifting while in this car is known to be one of the most fun experiences a drift racer can have and it isn’t because the eight-six is powerful because it isn’t. The car only delivers 130hp, but it’s the balance of the car that is important. Drivers often say it feels like they can control a well tuned eight-six as though it was there own body. This precision while drifting is paramount among all else, especially on the downhill where too much power can be detrimental to your overall time.

Supra
When someone is asked to think of a Toyota drift car the first thought that often comes to their mind is the Supra. Most of the rear-wheel drive vehicles of the 80s and early 90s were being changed into front-wheel drive vehicles for civilian non-racing consumption and this left a market open for racers who still wanted rear-wheel drive-train cars for drifting the downhill. The Supra is that car and is Toyota’s competitor up against Nissan’s Skyline GT-R.

The Supra is not a cheap car as far as drifting vehicles are concerned, but the engine can withstand tuning upwards of 500hp+ making it a worth while investment for any serious driver.