Forgeline One Piece Forged Monoblock SC1, Shown with Brushed & Clear Coated Finish
Forgeline one piece forged monoblock wheels continue to grow in popularity. And, of course, a new range of applications to meet this growing demand also requires new sizes. But unlike a three piece wheel (which is easy to assemble in varying widths), offering additional sizes of one piece forged monoblock wheels is more complicated and often requires engineering and stocking entirely new sets of forgings.
As of February 2014, we have received our latest shipment of new forgings that allow us to produce 8.5 inch widths in 19 and 20 inch diameters. So effective immediately, all Forgeline one piece forged monoblock wheels are now available in 19×8.5 and 20×8.5 inch sizes.
Forgeline one piece forged monoblock wheels are machined from a single forging of 6061-T6 aluminum. They are currently available in 18, 19, and 20-inch diameters with a range of widths and offsets. (Depending on size, they may be available in deep, medium, or shallow concave profiles. See sizing chart for details.) And just like any Forgeline wheel, Forgeline one piece forged monoblock wheels are available with fully customizable finish options.
Hennessey Venom GT Sets 270.49 mph World Speed Record on Forgeline GA1R Wheels
On February 14, 2014, the Hennessey Venom GT set a new production car world speed record by reaching a top speed of 270.49 mph (435.31 km/h). The test was performed at the Kennedy Space Center on the 3.2-mile Space Shuttle landing runway and driven by Brian Smith, Director of Miller Motorsports Park. A representative from Racelogic, world-renowned maker of VBox GPS data-acquisition systems, was on hand to independently verify and document the Venom GT’s highest recorded speed.
Built on a carbon fiber & composite/aluminum hybrid monocoque space frame and powered by a twin turbocharged 7.0L (427ci) V8, the Hennessey Venom GT makes 1244HP but weighs only 2743 lbs. Yes, the Venom GT is a land rocket!
And what wheels does Hennessey trust on their million dollar Venom GT for a 270.49 mph top speed record run? They chose the Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GA1R. The GA1R is Forgeline’s premier one piece forged monoblock street wheel. Machined from a single 6061-T6 monoblock forging, it delivers an unbeatable combination of weight, deflection stiffness, and strength, including a 2100 lb. per wheel street tire load rating. It is the wheel of choice for many of the world’s fastest and most exotic specialty sports car manufacturers.
Murillo Racing’s BMW and Forgeline GA3R Wheels in Victory Lane at Daytona
It is no surprise that the start of the 2014 racing season brought an entirely new level of anticipation and excitement. This year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, at the iconic Daytona International Speedway, introduced the world to a new era of racing in the newly-launched United SportsCar series and kicked off the 2014 racing season with record spectator attendance.
Forgeline customers who compete in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship debuted the new Forgeline one pieced forged monoblock GTD1 wheels in the GT Daytona (GTD) class and DP1R wheels in the Prototype (P) class. Racing non-stop in the Rolex 24 at Daytona is an incredibly grueling test of man and machine. And though a few teams didn’t finish as well as they had expected, they were nevertheless extremely happy with the performance of their Forgeline wheels. In fact, not a single Forgeline team experienced a bent or damaged wheel, a feat that impressed many veteran teams. “Surviving Daytona without any damaged wheels has never happened before in our 15 years at Daytona,” reports Wayne from Magnus Racing. “Our Forgeline wheels performed flawlessly, and this powder coat finish made them so easy to clean and inspect.” Brock from Park Place Motorsports added, “The Forgeline GTD1 wheel actually decreased our pitstop times, because the wheel design was so much easier for crew members to handle.”
Friday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) race saw even more success for Forgeline customers, with at least one victory and multiple podium finishes. Leading the way in the CTSCC Street Touring (ST) class was Murillo Racing’s winning #56 BMW. Their 328i on Forgeline GA3R wheels dominated the ST class by qualifying on the pole and then cruising to victory. They shared the podium with the Autometrics Motorsports third place #28 Porsche Cayman (also on Forgeline GA3R wheels).
Meanwhile, in the CTSCC Grand Sport (GS) class, Turner Motorsport’s #96 BMW M3 led the way to the checkered flag, on their Forgeline GA3R wheels. However, an unfortunate mechanical failure led to an unintentional post-race technical infraction and a resulting disqualification. So what seemed to be a BMW/Forgeline sweep in CTSCC was not to be after all. Despite the disqualification, Turner still enjoyed some success in GS, as the #97 Turner Motorsport BMW M3 earned their own third place finish.
We are very proud of the efforts displayed by all of the Forgeline teams at Daytona, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load!
United SportsCar returns to action on February 20-21 with an official test session at Sebring International Raceway, in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, to be held on March 12-15.
RealTime Racing’s GT Class Acura TLX on Forgeline GA1R Open Lug Wheels
RealTime Racing’s new 2015 Acura TLX World Challenge GT-class race car debuted at the 2014 North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, alongside the new 2015 Acura TLX Production Prototype. RealTime’s purpose-built race car features a HPD chassis with enhanced aerodynamic performance parts and is powered by a direct-injected twin-turbocharged V6 engine that sends power through an all-wheel drive system. Their Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GA1R Open Lug wheels were chosen for their superior balance of mass, deflection stiffness, and fatigue strength.
2014 will mark Acura’s first season in the World Challenge GT category since 2002, when the RealTime team campaigned their famous Acura NSX. Though the GT class is extremely competitive, the RealTime team has its own extensive history of success to serve as a foundation. “In 27 years of racing Hondas and Acuras, we’ve shown that we know what it takes to win,” said team principal Peter Cunningham. “We won Acura’s first Manufacturers’ Championship in 1998 with the Integra Type R, and most recently, its 10th title in 2012 with the TSX. Our team is dedicated to continuing this winning tradition with the TLX.”
Forgeline is excited to see our GA1R Open Lug wheels compete in the GT class. We wish RealTime the best of luck this season, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load!
A new year brings new channels to the Forgeline digital marketing department. 2014 greeted us with over 450,000 fans at Facebook, another milestone of sorts. So how do we celebrate? The only way we know how; by expanding our social presence with two new channels at Tumblr and Imgur.