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Hey APEX Blog Followers,
We have some exciting news! Our team decided that it’s about time to give our blog a new look and upgrade. MyAPEXParts.com and all of the latest news and updates from APEX will now be accessible on our main site APEXRaceParts.com/Blog. You can access our new blog on our main site, by clicking “Blog” in the top navigation. Our goal of the new blog is to provide you more technical information, industry news, new product releases and all of the track wheel chatter you can handle. Please take a moment and check out our new blog today!
It’s a good time to upgrade your wheel studs
Redesigned APEX wheel studs feature an improved shoulder design to reduce stress risers and stud failure. 75mm and 90mm versions are available with a true bullet-nose race tip for faster wheel installs and a cleaner look, or with an easy to install hex head.
Long anticipated, and arriving in September, the APEX ARC-8 wheel will finally be available in 19″ sizes for BMW. The ARC-8 design was first released back in 2009, and originally only available in race oriented fitments in a smaller 17″ and 18″ diameters. The straight spoke mesh design allowed for a strong and light-weight wheel that quickly became popular among racers and enthusiasts alike for it’s deep spoke concavity.
The new 19″ diameter is part of APEX’s push towards supporting both the race and street crowd with specialized fitments. These larger diameter wheels are configured to cater more specifically to the aesthetic needs of the street going enthusiast, along with functional changes that better meet the needs of the street environment.
Just like the rest of the APEX wheel line, the ARC-8 is once again produced using the Flow-Forming manufacturing process. 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 reduces weight in the most significant part of the wheel, as it has the greatest impact on rotational mass.
More aggressive wheel widths and offsets were selected versus our line of race-oriented wheels, allowing for a flush fit without spacers. Now available in 17″, 18″ and 19″ diameters, the ARC-8 is produced using two unique face profiles for each diameter with increasing spoke concavity. A total of 25 BMW specific sizes will be available once these 8 new 19″ sizes arrive. This new diameter will be available in 3 finishes: Hyper Silver, Anthracite, and Satin Black. Hyper Black will not be available upon initial release. Sizes, and pricing are listed in the graphic below. Weights will be updated upon receipt of final production samples.
Strength improvements were made to help specifically address the unique abuses of the street where low-profile and stretched tire fitments are used. To help fight wheel bends, we’ve increased the thickness of the wheel’s inner lip. Load ratings exceed JWL requirements, and all sizes have been crush tested in Japan, earning them official VIA certification and registry marks. Additionally, the barrel’s diameter increases sharply after the drop center, improving big brake kit clearance. The ARC-8 also accepts OEM Roundel center caps, TPMS sensors, and comes with our newly redesigned gloss-black APEX center caps.
For those who fell in love with the ARC-8′s looks and lightweight features but wanted something larger, your wheels are now here.
The APEX PS-7 is the first of a new line of lightweight, street-focused wheels arriving in June in BMW-specific fitments. The development of this new line will allow us to continue developing track and race-specific designs separately, while also bringing our expertise and lightweight technology to the typically heavy and aesthetically focused street market. The PS-7 brings long needed improvements to a mesh design that’s been seriously lacking in features, and left enthusiasts with only heavy alternatives.
Just like the rest of the APEX wheel line, the PS-7 is once again produced using the Flow-Forming manufacturing process. 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 most significant part of the wheel, as it has the greatest impact on rotational mass. Even with key strength improvements that add weight in select areas, static weights are reduced by 20% on average versus cast alternatives.
More aggressive wheel widths and offsets were selected versus our line of race-oriented wheels, allowing for a flush fit without spacers. Initially available in 18” and 19” diameters, the PS-7 is produced using three unique face profiles with increasing spoke concavity. We designed these these face profiles to significantly increased concavity on many applications that are traditionally more conservative. A total of 17 BMW specific sizes in three finishes are initially being released.
Strength improvements were made to help specifically address the unique abuses of the street where low-profile and stretched tire fitments are used. To help fight wheel bends, we’ve increased the thickness of the wheel’s inner lip. Load ratings exceed JWL requirements, and all sizes have been crush tested in Japan, earning them official VIA certification and registry marks. Additionally, the barrel’s diameter increases sharply after the drop center, improving big brake kit clearance. The PS-7 also accepts OEM Roundel center caps, TPMS sensors, and comes with our newly redesigned gloss-black APEX center caps.
Performance luxury vehicles deserve much more than heavy cast wheels. The PS-7 combines racing inspired lightweight engineering with desirable street styling, to produce the ideal wheel of choice.
APEX has been slowly moving into Europe over the last couple of years. One of our dealers over yonder is Schmiedmann BMW Specialist. Located throughout Northern and Central Europe (Scmiedmann Locations), Schmiedmann specializes in BMW parts, styling, and tuning. Their extensive catalog has over 320,000 products for BMWs.
What’s really cool about Schmiedmann, besides carrying APEX wheels as part of their extensive catalog, are their Drift and Time Attack programs. Schmiedmann’s experience with building competition cars is just awesome and the cars are incredible. They drive them hard, they win, and they choose APEX wheels.
The build up to Bimmerfest 2012 was so busy and with the booth being bigger than ever, we were scrambling to make sure we didn’t forget anything: the new Apex EC-7 wheels, big brake kits, coilovers, building new displays, getting tires mounted, cutting vinyl, coordinating customer cars, creating printed material, Apex T-shirts, hotel rooms, and so many details. With a ton of work we pulled it off. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to drive down from Norcal with the Caravan, although we did see its remnants at the Kettleman City In-N-Out on the way back.
We were excited to receive this months issue of Roundel Magazine as it contains our very first full page print advertisement for APEX wheels. This issue features the Achilles Motorsport E36 M3 and a local customer’s car.
The Achilles team has been using our wheels since the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. This former PTG widebody E36 is running our 18×10″ ET25 wheels with 275/35/18 Hoosiers in the Hyper Black finish.
The White E90 M3 is a local car that’s used for daily driving and track events. This car has AST 4200′s and a 380mm Stoptech BBK. On track it runs an 18×10″ ET25 square combo with 275/35/18′s just like the race car above. But in this photo it was fitted with the more common street setup of 18×9.5″ ET22 fronts with 265/35/18′s and 18×10.5″ ET27 rear with 285/35/18 Nitto NT-05 tires.
Keep an eye out for next month’s ad as the feature car is changing
The EC-7 wheel prototypes are here in 13 sizes, 7 of which are new to APEX, so we are looking for a wide range of vehicles to test these wheels on. If you are willing to travel to Livermore (San Francisco Eash Bay) for some test fitting and photos, then please contact us. This is a great opportunity to see this new wheel design on your own car, and to confirm fitment. Continue reading
We’ve redesigned our blog to match the design of our e-commerce website, and we’ve added a lot of functionality. A customer gallery has been created that pulls from our new Flickr feed. Now you can find photos of customer cars by make and model, and view images in higher resolution.