Following are racing wheels captured at a recent Grand-Am / Continental Tire Series race. Lightweight allow wheels are fitted to Mazda Miata, Porsche Cayman S, BMW M6 and M3 race cars. Race wheels tend to take a beating during competition, so sports car race teams carry multiple sets of wheels. Race wheel sponsorship is big business and it appears that in Grand Am, HRE Performance Wheels, BBS and Volk have a strong relationship with several teams. A lesser known wheel, but popular with the Mazda racers is 949 Racing's wheels.
Following are several examples of stock, drag, sprint car and muscle car wheel combinations. The majority of these wheels are intended to be lightweight for easy pit-stop changes and durability for adverse track conditions such as in dirt. As opposed to larger 17 and 18 inch sports car wheels, most stock, drag and sprint car wheels are range from 14 inches to 16 inches to allow for higher profile tires and a higher stance from the track surface.
Ford Torino Cobra wheels (1969 Petty Enterprises):
Sprint Car Wheels:
AMX Javelin muscle car wheels:
Stock car wheels (1989 Rusty Wallace Winston Cup Car):
If you are in the process of building out your own stocker, sprint car or drag race car it's critical to fit your car with the very best wheels for the conditions you'll race in. There are thousands of combinations to select from but first in foremost should be safety, then performance and durability of your wheels. Follow the leader and examples of the best teams in motorsports and you'll find success in and satisfaction in your wheel selection.
From BBS wheels on today's Porsche GT3 Cup and GT3 RSR race cars to lightweight composite 15 inch wheels on Porsche 908's, outfitting a racing Porsche is an important consideration. Following are some examples of race wheels from historic race Porsches through to modern day American Le Mans GT race cars.
BBS on 911 GT3 RSR:
BBS on a 911 RSR:
BBS on Falken Tire Porsche RSR:
BBS Wheels on Porsche GT3 Cup Cars:
Vintage race car wheels come in all shapes and sizes. From wire wheels on a 1937 Bugatti to high tech, 3-piece BBS basket-weave wheels on a GT race car, vintage race wheels run the gamut in style, size, and material composition. Here we would like to feature several types of wheels that were used on cars that raced at the famous Bridgehampton Raceway in New York. Though the track is no longer there, the cars that famously thundered through the rolling dunes do live on and we are lucky enough to see what types of wheels carried these sports cars through battle.
Datsun GTU Racer with 3-Piece BBS Wheels
Austin-Healey with Pansport style spoked wheels:
Sunbeam Alpine with a spoked style alloy wheel:
McLaren Prototype Racer with 4 spoke lightweight alloys: