Forgeline began manufacturing wheels for racecars more than 15 years ago. Since its founders were racers themselves, they were able to draw and build on knowledge gained from years of track experience. Forgeline wheels are used by racers in virtually every professional and amateur sports car series in the United States.
Forgeline's new Evolution, or EV Series, wheels are available in both one-piece monoblock and three-piece modular configurations. Engineered for the punishment of endurance racing, they provide numerous improvements over the highly successful ZX3-R race wheels. Both new wheels are structurally 15 percent stronger and 5 to 20 percent lighter, depending on application, through precise machining.
The EV series blends form and function; five contoured V-shaped spokes converge at the center, each vee's point sharing and reducing the number of joints at the hub section, reducing the amount of material required. The design also provides big-brake caliper and lug nut clearance.
The one-piece EV1-R is claimed to be 27 percent stiffer than previous Forgeline three-piece wheels. It's CNC-machined from a block of 6061 T6 forged aluminum, and is compatible with all pressure monitoring systems.
The three-piece EV3-R traces its roots back to the company's original SX3-R modular race wheel. Improvements in design and materials continued to progress through the knowledge gained from their second generation ZX3-R and WC3-R series of three piece competition wheels. The EV3-R is an evolutionary 10 spoke style, and offers improved valve stem and component sealing, as well as the tried and true 6061 T6 aluminum true forged centers, heat treated 6061 T6 rim shells, and titanium fasteners.
Forgeline ensures each application fits properly and works with aftermarket big-brake kits, and even ensures brake caliper clearance using their close relationships with major performance brake manufacturers. As an added bonus, many Forgeline customers will also experience improved acceleration, braking, and handling due to the very significant reduction of unsprung weight.
The EV Series offers considerable flexibility in sizing, lug pattern, and offset availability. The EV1-R can be ordered in a variety of finishes, and is currently available in an 18-inch diameter from 9 to 13 inches in width. The EV3-R offers even greater order choices since center and rim finishes can be chosen individually. The EV3-R is currently available in 18 inch sizes from 7 to 15 inches in width. Forgeline is in the process of completing the engineering and testing of 19 inch sizes in both of these new wheel lines; go to their site (www.forgeline.com) for up-to-date information. -Doug Neilson
Meguiar's original ScratchX was a simple way to remove isolated paint imperfections fast. ScratchX 2.0 is an advanced new formula that completely eliminates isolated scratches, fingernail marks, paint transfer, parking lot scuffs and other defects quickly and easily. The formula's clear coat safe technology is able to remove surface blemishes without using harsh abrasives that could scar the overall finish. Primarily formulated for hand application, ScratchX 2.0 can also be applied with a dual-action polisher, while the new bottle design minimizes mess when dispensing products onto your applicator.
Known for its work on Porsches and Italian exotics, Fabspeed now offers performance exhaust options for the E46 and E90 series M3. The Fabspeed performance headers for the E46, pictured, are constructed from mirror-polished T304 stainless steel and utilize mandrel-bent primary tubes with Formula One-style high-velocity merge collectors for maximum flow and exhaust scavenging. Fabspeed also offers an exhaust package for the E90/92 M3 that includes 200-cell primary catalysts and a secondary cat bypass X-pipe, along with a software upgrade to net claimed output gains of 16 hp and 35 lb-ft of torque. This system is designed to work with a factory muffler or any aftermarket exhaust that touts an OEM-like fit. Contact for pricing.
Squeeze maximum track-ready handling out of your 335i with a Hotchkis Sport Sway Bar Package. Engineered to eliminate understeer and reduce body roll, they can help dramatically increase traction during cornering, provide a more responsive steering feel and maximize tire contact patch adhesion when accelerating out of turns. The package features a 95 percent stiffer 32mm front bar and a 105 percent stiffer 16mm rear sway bar as well as front and rear adjustable end links. The links are easily adjustable which is critical when corner-weighting your BMW. Front links use quiet operating heavy duty ball joints; the rears feature quiet operating heavy duty ball joints and high articulation rod ends. $495.95
Hotchkis Sport Suspension
Heat is the enemy, and it's an eventuality when dealing with a high performance turbo system. Design Engineering (DEI) offers a Titanium Turbo Shield tailor-fit for the popular T3 turbocharger. The turbo "blanket" is made from pulverized lava rock that's extruded into fibers, which are then woven into a tight mesh to give the material "titanium-like" strength and durability. A high-temperature-rated silica insulation padding serves as added protection. Reportedly, the material can handle direct, continuous heat up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit and up to 2500 degrees F of radiant heat.
Clutch Masters' 850 Series twin-disc clutch assemblies are engineered to get your big power to the ground with the least compromise in driveability. Featuring race technology adapted to high-powered street applications, each is designed to hold tremendous power-the company claims power ratings from 600 to 1200 hp-while retaining smooth uptake and user-friendly operation. Features include a billet aluminum cover assembly with 25 percent more tensile strength than a comparable cast unit. Three specific pressure ratings are available, as well as several types of friction surfaces. Billet aluminum flywheels use a replaceable steel friction insert and meet SFI spec 1.2 for competition racing. Kits include hydraulic throw-out bearing as well as the necessary hardware for bolt-up installation. From $695