Could magnesium replace carbon fibre for racing wheels?

Jon Lawson

Litespeed Racing’s Patrick Warren thinks so. “This is looking to be very big” he commented. “There hasn’t been a ton of recent innovation in this area, so our alloy really has the potential to shake things up. We can’t wait for our customers to get a chance to strap on our new wheels. I’ve got a feeling they are going to be blown away.”

The company has developed a magnesium alloy wheel construction that stands to rival carbon fibre offerings. Development research has uncovered these alloys trend towards one to two pounds lighter, are more affordable, and allow for more design offerings than traditional carbon fibre wheels of similar size.

Long considered the holy grail of lightweight wheel manufacturing, carbon fibre is not without its limitations. Litespeed Racing’s research concluded that carbon fibre wheels are much more expensive and tend to fall short in terms of lightweight expectations.

Recent advances in metal alloying set Litespeed Racing down a new path of racing research in hopes of discovering alternatives for performance minded street and racing drivers. The result was a forged magnesium concept. In addition to cost and performance benefits, Litespeed Racing’s research revealed that magnesium alloy variants produced a better ride quality due to its vibration dampening qualities.


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