To celebrate Forgeline’s newest wheel – the Carbon+Forged CF205 – Forgeline is proud to be the presenting sponsor of RACER.com’s coverage of the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
It might sound somewhat cliché, but it’s true that motorsports really is a testing ground for engineering innovation and technological advancement. And for the past 24 years, Dayton, Ohio-based custom wheel manufacturer Forgeline Motorsports has literally built their business by recognizing the increasingly extreme demands of sports car racing and responding with continuous advancements to their engineering and manufacturing capability.
“Racing presents a never-ending challenge,” says Forgeline Global Sales Manager Steve Schardt. “I literally grew up working in a wheel factory and spending my weekends at the race track. By the 1990s, my brother Dave and I realized that you just couldn’t buy a custom racing wheel that was made in America. It didn’t exist. So we started Forgeline to fill that niche. I’m not sure that I could have ever imagined that we’d end up where we are, today.”
In 2016, Forgeline launched yet another technological innovation with their groundbreaking Carbon+Forged Series wheels, combining lightweight carbon fiber barrels with precision-machined forged aluminum centers. Since then, Forgeline has continued to expand the Carbon+Forged series, and their new Carbon+Forged CF205 represents the latest achievement of Forgeline innovation and technology.
The ultra-lightweight Carbon+Forged CF205 wheel combines a weight-optimized CNC-machined forged aluminum center with their revolutionary proprietary carbon fiber barrel to deliver the ultimate in technological advancement, exclusive styling, and unparalleled performance. The CF205 takes advantage of its carbon fiber barrel with a lightweight racing-inspired ten spoke forged aluminum center design, open-lug hub, and aggressive I-beam machining details to become the lightest wheel that Forgeline has ever manufactured; a 20×11.0-inch CF205 weighs only 16 pounds!
The CF205’s super-lightweight carbon fiber barrel utilizes a high-density carbon fiber bundle, high-clarity resin system, and large carbon weave to create an attractive and visually distinctive rim that is 42 percent lighter than its aluminum equivalent, delivering a significant weight reduction to the wheel’s outer perimeter, where it has the greatest reduction in unwanted inertia and yields real-world improvements to acceleration, braking, cornering traction, ride quality, NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness), driver/passenger comfort, and fuel economy.
Forgeline Carbon+Forged carbon fiber barrels are also engineered and tested to deliver industry-leading levels of fatigue strength, impact/damage resistance, and deflection stiffness. Tested by an independent automotive industry laboratory, they have proven to be incredibly strong and robust, exceeding all existing SAE and TUV test specifications and surpassing the AK-LH 08 Radial Impact Test standard.
Forgeline’s CF205 is available in 19, 20, and 21-inch fitments, each uniquely engineered for modern exotic sport and luxury vehicle applications. And like any Forgeline wheel, the CF205’s forged aluminum center is available in a full array of customizable finish options.
Forgeline has branched out into the street car market, with about 50 percent of their sales going to high-end sports cars and the booming “pro-touring” muscle car builds. But racing remains at the center of Forgeline’s business and as a driving force of their passion. Their line of one piece forged monoblock Competition Series wheels have become ubiquitous, at race tracks around the globe. And in fact, their GS1R model is the spec wheel that is homologated on Chevrolet’s factory-engineered Camaro GT4.R race car and Ford’s factory-engineered Mustang GT4 race car. At least seven Ford GS-class Mustang GT4s will be competing on Forgeline GS1R wheels, during this weekend’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona [above].
To learn more about the CF205 (including sizes & pricing), visit Forgeline online here.