Season 2 of the Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud show features the latest project by Aaron Kaufman at Gas Monkey Garage. Aaron re-made this 1963 Ford Falcon race car, originally built by Jim Hadden, and installed Forgeline GW3 wheels in 18×8.0 and 18×9.0 sizes finished with Race Gold centers and Polished outers. You can catch the Falcon episode every night this week (March 17-22) on the Discovery Channel. Or see more in the Forgeline gallery at: http://www.forgeline.com/customer_gallery_view.php?cvk=1045
Magnus Racing at the top of the podium after winning the 12 Hours of Sebring
The second event of the 2014 IMSA United SportsCar series 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 Magnus Racing and their Porsche 911 GT America in the new United SportsCar GTD class!
The success at Sebring started in Friday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, where the #6 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro Z28 on Forgeline GS1R wheels, after qualifying in fifth, took advantage of a pair of on-track incidents to move to the front and seize the GS class victory from the #46 BMW that had qualified on top and led much of the race. Fifteen seconds later, Murillo Racing’s #56 BMW on Forgeline GA3R wheels claimed their own third place finish in the ST class.
But the big drama of the weekend was on Saturday, where four different classes would take the green flag in the 62nd 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!
But at the end of the day, after twelve hours of ups and downs, hard driving, and unyielding effort by the entire team, Magnus Racing was near the front of the pack, when spectacular pit strategy moved them into the lead with less than 30 minutes remaining. Excellent driving by Andy Lally kept them at the front, for the remainder of the race. And when the checkered flag finally fell after twelve long hours, the #44 Magnus Racing Porsche GT America on Forgeline GTD1 wheels claimed a well-earned victory in the prestigious (and densely populated) 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.
IMSA United SportsCar returns to action on April 11-12, when the Tudor United SportsCar Championship teams meet at Long Beach, California for the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach.
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.