Team Seattle’s #23 Porsche GT America on One Piece Forged Monoblock Forgeline GTD1 Wheels Racing to Victory at the 12 Hours of Sebring
The second race of the 2015 IMSA United SportsCar season brought teams to the legendary Sebring International Raceway for the famous 12 Hours of Sebring. A race known for being especially brutal (thanks to a combination of an unusually bumpy race circuit, the hot Florida temperatures, and a grueling 12 hour endurance format), it would prove to be a serious of test of teams, race cars, and wheels.
But as they almost always do, Forgeline’s racing customers met this challenge head on, overcame adversity, and beat the odds with wins and podium finishes in multiple classes, including a major endurance win for Team Seattle’s Alex Job Racing-prepared “The Heart of Racing” Porsche 911 GT America in the TUDOR Championship GTD class!
However, the incredibly successful weekend at Sebring actually started in Friday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race, where Stevenson Motorsports’ #9 and #6 Chevy Camaro Z/28.R racecars on Forgeline GS1R wheels started on the front row and then dominated most of the race. When the checkered flag fell, the Stevenson cars had swapped positions, but remained at the top of the GS class field with the #6 car earning the win and the #9 car finishing in second (just 0.393 seconds later). MBRP Exhaust’s Martin Barkey also enjoyed his best finish of his IMSA career, narrowly missing the podium with a 4th place finish in his #80 Mantella Autosport Camaro Z/28.R (also on Forgeline GS1R wheels).
Forgeline-equipped cars also dominated the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge ST class race, where a huge starting field contributed to some ultra-competitive and exciting racing action. Though the Forgeline-equipped #18 and #56 Porsche Caymans (from RS1 and Murillo Racing, respectively) had qualified near the front, it was the #83 Porsche Cayman from Next Level European who led the way to victory on their 17-inch one piece forged monoblock Forgeline GS1R wheels. Right behind them, in second place, was the #64 Team TGM BMW 328i (also on Forgeline wheels).
But the big drama of the weekend was on Saturday, where four different classes would take the green flag in the 63rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring endurance race. Not only would these TUDOR Championship teams need to compete with their peers and contend with Sebring’s difficult race circuit, but they would also have to share the track with multiple classes (of varying speeds) and almost three hours of racing in the dark!
At the end of the day, after twelve hours of ups and downs, hard driving, and unyielding effort by the entire team, Team Seattle was at the front of the pack and found themselves in an intense battle for the GTD class lead with the #93 Dodge Viper. The closing laps saw multiple lead changes, but when the checkered flag finally fell after twelve long hours, the #23 Team Seattle Porsche GT America on Forgeline GTD1 wheels claimed a well-earned victory (their first ever) in the prestigious GTD class!
We are very proud of the efforts displayed by all of the Forgeline teams at Sebring, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load.
Forgeline customers return to racing action this weekend (March 27-29) with the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. While our IMSA United SportsCar teams compete again on May 2-3 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Autometrics Dominates the TC Class Podium for Round 1 of Pirelli World Challenge Racing at COTA
The Pirelli World Challenge Championship kicked off its 2015 season, last weekend, at Circuit of the Americas with the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas. So of course, many teams put their Forgeline wheels through two days of intense professional sprint racing, among multiple classes.
Right off the bat, Autometrics Motorsports kicked off the weekend, on Saturday, at the top of the the TC class podium, with their Porsche Caymans on Forgeline GA3R wheels. Driver Cody Ellsworth led the way with a win in the #04 Cayman, followed closely by Cory Friedman in the second place #03 Cayman! Proving this was no fluke, they came back again in Saturday’s second race and repeated a similar performance, with Cody once again earning the win in the #04 and Cory not far behind in third place with the #03.
Then in Saturday’s GTS class race, Rehagen Racing’s Dean Martin (who had dominated Friday’s GTS class practice sessions) secured his own place on the podium, with a third place finish in his #50 Ford Mustang Boss 302 on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels.
In a wet and wild day of racing on Sunday, Dean Martin nearly repeated his third place finish again, in his #50 Ford Mustang Boss 302. But a late challenge from Andrew Aquilante resulted in a 4th place finish for Dean, narrowly missing a second trip to the podium.
However, Sunday’s rain was a blessing for RealTime Racing’s Ryan Eversley who charged through the field from a 25th place starting position all the way to an impressive 5th place GT finish, in his all-wheel-drive Acura TLX on center locking Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GTD1 wheels. As a result, Ryan earned both the OPTIMA Batteries Best Standing Start award and the VP Racing Fuels Hard Charger award.
And then in the weekend’s third and final TC class race, Cory Friedman and Cody Ellsworth backed up their dominating Saturday performances with yet another pair of podium finishes (2nd and 3rd, respectively) in their #03 and #04 Autometrics Motorsports Porsche Caymans on Forgeline GA3R wheels.
It was a great start to the season! We are very proud of the efforts displayed by all of the Forgeline teams at COTA, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load!
The Pirelli World Challenge Championship season resumes again on March 27-29 at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. But the Forgeline crew will be back at the track on March 18-21 to support teams in the IMSA United Sportscar series at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Hot rodding is all about transforming a car or truck into something better. And back in 2011, the team at RideTech attempted to take hot rodding to a whole new level with their legendary 48 Hour Camaro build. Their 48 Hour Camaro project was a huge success, and that ’67 Camaro has been on the road competing in events all across the country, virtually non-stop, ever since.
Now, almost four years later, the team at RideTech is introducing the next live build: the 48 Hour Corvette! On March 10, 2015, they will once again attempt what many believe to be an impossible build. A typical eBay-purchased 1972 Corvette will roll into the 48 Hour Build Center to be transformed into a fully-equipped track monster, in just 48 hours. The build will take place over three sixteen-hour workdays, and the entire effort will be live-streaming on YouTube, including manufacturer-specific question-and-answer sessions and interviews throughout.
Of course, the 48 Hour Corvette will showcase the latest and greatest products from the performance industry’s leading manufacturers, including American Auto Wire, Baer Brakes, Bowler Transmissions, C&R Racing, Centerforce Clutches, Classic Instruments, Custom Image Corvettes, Falken Tire, Forgeline, Holley, Hooker Headers, K&N Filter, Kicker, Lingenfelter, Lokar, Mac’s Custom Tie Downs, Magnaflow, MSD, Optima Batteries, Pro-Touring.com, Racepak, RideTech, Summit Racing, QuickTrick, and others. As the C3 is disassembled, the parts that are not being reused will be made available for purchase on eBay. And as soon as the build is complete, they’ll finish it off by taking it straight to the track for a no-holds-barred thrashing.
Live streaming of the build is embedded below, and full details about the project can be found at www.48hourcorvette.com.
The $2.6 million Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus SCG003S Debuts at the Geneva International Motor Show on Forgeline GA1R Wheels
A pair of the most exotic supercars that the world has ever seen debuted this week, at the Geneva International Motor Show, on Forgeline wheels. Driven by an unyielding passion for performance automobiles and an obsession with excellence, billionaire enthusiast James Glickenhaus (who is well-known for his Ferrari-based P4/5 Competizione) formed his own engineering and manufacturing team, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus, to build two versions of this incredible SCG003 supercar.
Both versions of the SCG003 are built on a carbon fiber chassis and body, are powered by a 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 (based on Honda’s HPD V6 race engine), and ride on motorsport-derived pushrod suspension (front and rear), Brembo brakes, and Dunlop tires wrapped around 20 inch center locking one piece forged monoblock Forgeline wheels.
The competition race version (SCG003C) rolls on a variation of Forgeline’s center locking one piece forged monoblock GTD1 wheel (which was originally engineered to deliver enhanced levels of deflection stiffness and fatigue strength in top-level professional endurance racing, making it perfect for the ultra-high performance track scenarios encountered by the SCG003C). Though the car has already undergone extensive track testing, it will make its competition debut this May, at the 2015 24 Hours of Nurburgring. Pricing for the SCG003C starts around $2.3 million.
The street version (SCG003S) is virtually identical to its racing sibling and was literally designed so that it could be driven to the track, converted to race mode, enjoyed on track, and then converted back to street trim to be driven home again. It is equipped with center locking 20-inch one piece forged monoblock Forgeline GA1R wheels (shown here in the Titanium powder coat finish). Customer deliveries of the SCG003S will begin in late 2015 with pricing starting around $2.6 million.
We get tons of requests about Forgeline apparel items, from tshirts to hats to our legendary jackets and more. And while we’ve occasionally purchased logo apparel for promotional purposes, until now, we’ve never really been serious about putting it into inventory and selling it. But as the volume and intensity of requests have accelerated, we’ve finally decided that we can’t resist any longer, and it is time to give the people what they want!
So we have now begun identifying select high-quality apparel items, embroidering them with the Forgeline logo, and receiving them into our stocking inventory. As of February 2015, we’ve received the first round of items, including this embroidered Fresh Air GT Softshell Jacket (from world-leading high-tech ski apparel manufacturer Spyder) and our new embroidered Carbon Cap (with a visor and adjustment strap made from a Swiss-derived “carbon fiber” fabric). The Spyder jackets are currently available in men’s sizes medium through double extra large for $149 each. And the Carbon Caps are available in a single size for $25 each.