Forgeline Motorsports has enjoyed a record 2014 with strong growth and the release of many new products. So we are very much looking forward to exhibiting at the 2014 Performance and Racing Industry (PRI) trade show on December 11-13, in Indianapolis, Indiana. Over 48,000 racing businesspeople will converge on Indianapolis over the course of three days to see the latest advances in racing products, machining equipment, motorsport engineering, and more from 1100 exhibiting companies.
Forgeline will use the PRI show as an opportunity to give an up-close and personal view of our newest products, including a brand new low offset race wheel for IMSA United SportsCar GT and DP cars, our brand new Heritage Series wheels (including the RS3, LS3, and CR3), two new one piece forged monoblock wheels (the AR1 and GA1R Open Lug Cap Edition), and our newest three piece Concave Series wheel (the GT3C).
We are located in booth #547. If you’ll be at the show, then please come see us! Click the map below to see a larger floor plan (our booth is outlined in red). Or learn more online at http://www.performanceracing.com/tradeshow/.
The 2014 Holiday Season is almost upon us, so it is time for the annual Forgeline Customer Appreciation Sale! In the spirit of the holidays and the shopping rush that comes with it, we are extending special discounted pricing throughout the rest of November.
From Monday, November 17, 2014 through Monday, December 01, 2014, all Forgeline three piece wheels and center lock conversion kits are on sale at 20% off the normal list price. All Forgeline one piece forged monoblock wheels are on sale at 10% off the normal list price. This is our way of thanking the marketplace for making Forgeline Motorsports the leading domestic manufacturer of premium custom made-to-order automotive performance wheels.
So celebrate the holidays for you and your favorite car by getting the wheels that you really want! But don’t wait too long; this sale ends at 5:00PM on Monday, December 01, 2014. Please find your nearest dealer using our online dealer locator or contact us for more information.
The small print: The sale discount applies only to wheels sold in sets of four and to NEW orders. Grip Equipped Series wheels, tire orders, partial orders, and previously-placed orders are NOT eligible for the Customer Appreciation Sale offer. No other discounts can be applied to the sale price. All orders require a 50% deposit at the time of the order. Orders will be built in the order they are received. Any order that needs a guaranteed build date must be approved in writing by Forgeline. Sale ends at 5:00PM on Monday, December 01, 2014.
Danny Popp with the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational Championship Trophy
A total of 103 vehicles, the largest field ever, competed in the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational, held for the first time at Las Vegas Motor Speedway over the weekend of November 8-9. After two action-packed days of competition and challenges from past champions and newcomers alike, Danny Popp drove his 2003 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 on a brand new set of Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels to victory and was named the 2014 Optima Ultimate Street Car Invitational champion!
“It’s been incredible to drive on the most historic tracks, during the 2014 season,” said Popp, after holding up the huge Invitational trophy. “Extraordinary results are more easily accomplished through the efforts of many, and I surround myself with the best in the business. Forgeline is on top of their game, which helps me stay on top of mine…We will definitely be back next year!”
This is Danny’s second OUSCI championship, having also won the 2011 event in another Forgeline-equipped Corvette. And his name will now be engraved on the traveling trophy for yet another year, after an incredibly close win (less than one point) over Brandon Ranvek’s well-crafted 2006 Mitsubishi Evo. Betim Berisha took third overall, driving a 2011 Porsche 911TT.
Participants faced a series of competitive driving events, including the Wilwood Speed Stop Challenge and the Ridetech Street Challenge Autocross, during the day on Saturday. Later that evening, competitors faced public roads on the Detroit Speed Road Rally Challenge, which ended with the Showtime Motorsports participant reception at the new Shelby American headquarters in Las Vegas.
The high-speed BF Goodrich Hot Lap Challenge took place on the 2.4-mile road course all day Sunday, with all of the competitors pushing themselves and their vehicles to the absolute limit. The road course action was paced by the Red Line Oil Camaro, which set a baseline lap time for all the competitors to challenge. Driven by experienced road racing champion and OPTIMA PowerPro Brand Ambassador James Clay, the 2014 Roadster Shop Camaro was then put to work as a camera car, following the competitors as they ran the course and captured the excitement for television.
Each vehicle’s overall quality and craftsmanship was reviewed by a carefully-chosen group of judges, during the Lingenfelter Performance and Design Challenge, which required two days to complete. Every portion of the Invitational event offered precious points, and when scores were finalized at the end of the last day, Danny Popp had earned more than any other competitor.
We are extremely proud of Danny and very thankful that he trusts Forgeline to deliver the highest levels of performance, quality, and safety.
The engineering team at Forgeline has been working VERY hard, over the past few months, to complete six brand new wheel designs that will make their public debut at the 2014 SEMA show, November 4-7, in Las Vegas, NV. These latest designs represent a broad range of styles and applications, while remaining 100% true to Forgeline’s deeply-rooted commitment to motorsport and performance engineering.
Three of the latest wheel designs (the RS3, LS3, and CR3) comprise an entirely new category, the brand new Heritage Series, within Forgeline’s wheel catalog. Forgeline Heritage Series wheels represent the best of Forgeline designs from over two decades of engineering and manufacturing America’s finest custom made-to-order forged aluminum wheels. These classic designs are retro-cool and work well with virtually every class of automobile. The Forgeline RS3 and LS3 pay homage to the very first Forgeline wheel designs, the classic RS and LS models of the 1990s, but have been reborn as modern 3-piece wheels with updated engineering and manufacturing technology. A traditional five-spoke design with tapered spokes, smooth edges, and flowing organic lines, the RS3 is muscular yet sophisticated. While the LS3 is elegant and timeless, thanks to a tight mesh design with very intricate machining details. The Forgeline CR3 is a throwback to one of the most iconic and popular wheels in the history of hod rodding. A traditional five-spoke design with inverted tapered spokes and smooth edges, the CR3 evokes a traditional muscle car flavor while delivering modern technology and performance. All three of the new Heritage Series wheels are available in 18 and 19 inch diameters with a large range of widths and completely customizable offset and finish options. (The LS3 is also available in 17 inch diameters.)
Forgeline has also added two new models to the incredibly popular One Piece Forged Monoblock Series, including the brand new AR1 and GA1R Open Lug Cap Edition. The AR1 is an exciting evolution in Forgeline monoblock styling, with a very angular split spoke pattern, extra-deep concave profile, and radically-chamfered outer edge. The GA1R Open Lug Cap Edition, similar to Forgeline’s race-proven GA1R Open Lug wheel, has significant material machined from the center area for additional weight reduction, improved access to the lugs, and an exaggerated concave look. But unlike the GA1R Open Lug racing wheel (which will NOT accept a center cap), the “Cap Edition” has a redesigned hub center and includes a unique specially-engineered tall center cap to cover the hub spindle. As with other Forgeline monoblock wheels, the AR1 and GA1R Open Lug Cap Edition wheels are available in 18, 19, 20 and 21 inch diameters with a range of widths and offsets and the usual full set of customizable finish options.
Forgeline has also launched the latest three piece Concave Series wheel, the GT3C Concave. The GT3C combines the race-bred styling from the center locking one piece forged monoblock GTD1 competition wheel (designed for teams competing in the IMSA United SportsCar Tudor Championship GTD class) with the fitment flexibility and deep-dish appearance of a three piece modular wheel. The GT3C is a ten-spoke wheel with a concave profile, long evenly-spaced I-beamed spokes, and “hidden” lug holes. It is available in 18, 19, 20, and 21-inch diameters and is fully customizable in fitment and finish, including center lock applications and your choice of exposed or hidden hardware.
We are very proud to share these latest designs at the 2014 SEMA show. Though 2014 has been a record-breaking year for Forgeline, we remain committed to continually creating fresh designs, leveraging new technology, and responding quickly to dynamic market opportunities. We THANK YOU for your support, and we look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas!
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Murillo Racing Champion Porsche Cayman on Forgeline GA3R Wheels
An exciting inaugural season of the new IMSA United SportsCar Championship racing series concluded, during the October 2-4 weekend, at Road Atlanta. An incredibly successful season for multiple teams on Forgeline wheels ended with even more podium and top ten finishes and a season championship in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge ST class!
Going into Road Atlanta, the CTSCC ST season championship was a virtual tossup between the pair of Porsche Cayman’s on Forgeline GA3R wheels belonging to Team Sahlen (#42) and Murillo Racing (#56). Though Murillo held a slight points advantage, a strong showing by Team Sahlen’s could have tipped the balance in their favor. After a grueling 150 minute battle, a third Forgeline-equipped Porsche Cayman, Rebel Rock Racing’s #88, earned a coveted podium finish. Meanwhile, Team Sahlen’s 5th place finish just barely bettered the 6th place finish of Murillo Racing, but the points spread was not enough to overcome Murillo’s points advantage. So Murillo Racing earned a much-deserved and hard-fought team championship, while Murillo driver Eric Foss won the driver’s championship, and Porsche took home the manufacturer title!
A similar story was also unfolding in the CTSCC GS class race, where Stevenson Motorsports came into Road Atlanta with their #6 Camaro Z/28.R on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GS1R wheels not far out of first place. They had a chance to bring home the GS championship, but doing so would require winning the race. So in true Stevenson spirit, they gave it everything they had and left nothing on the track. For much of the race, they maintained the lead and appeared to have a legitimate shot at double glory. But with just a few laps remaining, mechanical gremlins and a pair of exhausted tires proved too much for even veteran driver Robin Liddell. Their 10th place finish capped a set of top-ten GS finishes on Forgeline wheels (including 5th place for the #28 Tim Bell Racing Nissan 370Z, 6th place for the #08 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche 997, and 9th place for the #7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche 997) and resulted in a 2nd place finish in the season championship team points battle and a pair of 3rd place finishes for Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell in the driver’s championship.
Topping off the weekend was the Tudor Championship Petit Le Mans, a 10-hour endurance race that was certain to test both man and machine. With an 11:15AM starting time, teams would not only have to endure the clock, but the extra difficulty of racing into the darkness of night, as well. When the checkered flag finally dropped, perennial fan favorite Magnus Racing managed to drive their #44 Porsche on Forgeline one piece forged monoblock GTD1 wheels to a third place finish, their best since a victory at Sebring, early in the season. And though our friends at Turner Motorsport barely missed the Petit Le Mans podium with their 4th place finish in their #94 BMW Z4, they had even more reason to celebrate, after winning both the 2014 GTD team championship and the driver’s championship for their own Dane Cameron!
We are very proud of the efforts displayed by all of the Forgeline teams throughout the 2014 season, and we thank them for trusting Forgeline to carry the load!
Teams don’t get much rest, as 2015 pre-season testing begins in mid-November. And we’ll be looking forward to the official start of the 2015 season at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, January 22-25.