New APEX EC-7 Wheel Release

APEX is proud to introduce its new EC-7 wheel. This new wheel addresses the concerns of more and more racers and track day enthusiasts: long term durability, fit and performance. With the increase of faster and heavier cars being used in racing, HPDEs, and spirited driving, the EC-7 was designed and engineered to handle extreme abuse on track and street, offer a wide range of direct fitments, while producing a lightweight wheel. The new features offered make the EC-7 the perfect compliment to the APEX ARC-8.

An optimized car setup begins with the perfect wheel fitment. Without the perfect offsets, maximum tire widths and the potential of your car are always compromised. With this in mind, the EC-7 has three unique face profiles ranging from shallow to deep concavity resulting in 13 unique 18″ sizes. This wide range of fitments allows for vehicle-specific caliper clearance, offsets, and tire widths, creating the most optimal setup possible.

Available Sizes and Weights and Pricing:
18×8.5″ ET45 – 19.55lbs – $294
18×8.5″ ET35 – 20.10lbs – $294
18×9.0″ ET42 – 20.75lbs – $299
18×9.0″ ET31 – 21.25lbs – $299
18×9.5″ ET58 – 20.65lbs – $319
18×9.5″ ET43 – 21.55lbs – $319
18×9.5″ ET35 – 21.70lbs – $319
18×9.5″ ET22 – 21.75lbs – $319
18×10″ ET43 – 21.95lbs – $329
18×10″ ET33 – 22.50lbs – $329
18×10″ ET25 – 22.45lbs – $329
18×10.5″ ET27 – 22.50lbs – $349
18×11″ ET25 – 23.35lbs – $359

Available Finishes:
Race Silver
Anthracite
Satin Black

Pre-Order and Availability:
Wheels can be pre-ordered at a discount starting in June.  The ETA for the first production batch is late July.  Customers would receive their sets late July to early August. More information will be posted regarding the pre-order in the first week of June.

The EC-7 adds 7 new BMW sizes not available in the ARC-8 design. The 3 face profiles offer maximum concavity and reduced weight. This avoids the common adaptation of a single face profile for unintended fitments or dependency on spacers.

The EC-7′s spoke profile has been designed with a curve to provide additional caliper clearance. It can clear a BBK spacer free on applications where the ARC-8 could not. A significant improvement to the EC-7 is the increased barrel clearance that now allows for the 18″ version of this wheel to properly clear the Brembo 380mm BBK.

 

Just like the rest of the APEX wheel line, the EC-7 is once again produced using the Flow-Forming technique. Flow-forming, which has also been called “roll forging” or “spin forging”, produces a barrel with similar strength to that of a fully forged wheel. This significantly reduces weight in the barrel, which has the greatest impact on rotational mass. We’ve produced an even stronger wheel by combining the strength of the lightweight barrel with a more robust face design. The EC-7 welcomes endurance racing and potholes.

Designed for BMW applications, the EC-7 accepts TPMS sensors, factory lug bolts or stud conversion kits, and OEM roundel center caps. All wheels come with APEX center caps.

More images and details to come!

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9 Comments

  1. Brandon
    Posted April 28, 2012 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Those wheels are literally exactly what I’m looking for; lightweight AND a good design. PLEASE post some pictures of these mounted on a e92 335i if you can! I can’t wait until these are released.

  2. Tim
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 5:09 pm | Permalink

    Awesome wheels, big fan!!!!
    But are you guys gonna come out with a 5-spoke wheel anytime soon?
    thanks apex! Keep up the good stuff!

  3. Blake
    Posted April 29, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    WOW! I cant wait to see some mounted pics! July needs to hurry up!

  4. Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:08 am | Permalink

    I think you just hit a home run! I’ve won 2 BMW CCA C-Modified Championships on Arc-8s and can testify that they are one tough wheel. You’ve taken an already great product and made it even better. And created the much sought after 18×11 fitment too. Bravo!

  5. Ken
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 7:13 am | Permalink

    Please test fit these on an Z3 M coupe or roadster. Looks like 11 rear might be tight on the rear inside.

  6. Giannis
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    When can we have a price range? And how about some weight figures for these bad boys.

  7. R
    Posted April 30, 2012 at 10:29 am | Permalink

    What’s the weight spec on the EC-7?

  8. Posted April 30, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Permalink

    We’ve updated the blog article with weight specifications for all sizes.

  9. Joshua
    Posted May 19, 2012 at 9:07 pm | Permalink

    Have you guys ever consider branching out to MINI fitments? I think your new EC7 or curreny ARC8 would work well in 17″.

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