Why forged and what is the big difference in performance?

This is a question we are often asked by customers. What is the difference between Cast and Forged wheels?

Wolfrace Wheels manufacture alloy wheels in both cast and forged. The process of manufacturing each version are very unique and has distinct differences in performance. All our forged wheels are manufactured in the U.K and form the brand “71 forged edition”, the exciting additions to our range in 2021 when we celebrated our 50th anniversary.

So how do both manufacturing processes work?

Process of Manufacturing Cast Wheels
The casting process involves pouring or using a vacuum to insert molten aluminium into a mould that is formed into the shape of the wheel in different dimensions. Positive pressure is used to move the aluminium into the mould more quickly. It’s allowed to cool. Then, minor modifications are made to the wheel, such as drilling and trimming. This manufacturing process is preferred over others because it’s fast and less complicated than other processes.

Process of Manufacturing Forged Wheels
In contrast to casting, a forged wheel begins as a solid piece of metal referred to as a “billet.” This billet is then subjected to heat and intense pressure, which compresses the material to form a raw forging. These raw forgings are “forged” into different profiles to allow for the creation of different wheel designs.

“Cast wheels are a great choice but forged are manufactured for greater performance and efficiency.”

Forged wheels are less porous than cast wheels because of the forging process. The forging process makes these wheels stronger, more durable and more resistant to corrosion and oxidation. Additionally, the wheel’s structural integrity is not compromised. Forged wheels tend to have greater overall vehicle performance and enhanced fuel efficiency. Fuel efficiency and the structural integrity of forged wheels are due to them being 3x stronger and 25% lighter.

Lighter wheels can go faster because there is less weight to control. They’ll help you speed up your acceleration while decreasing the time it takes you to come to a full stop. They can also contribute to greater fuel efficiency because lighter vehicles use less fuel. Great for electric cars as forged wheels will increase range against standard cast wheels.

The Wolfrace 71 Forged range features the Matrix, Munich GTR, Talon, Voodoo and Urban Racer designs that have become popular in our 71 Luxury range. The same colour options and finishes are available in the Forged range as well, in sizes 19” to 24”.

Want to find out more about our new Wolfrace 71 Forged range?

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