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Alcoa Forges New Rims for Ferrari 458 Italia

Alcoa Auto Wheels, the wheel making division of the American industrial giant, is introducing new lightweight forged aluminum wheels for the Ferrari 458 Italia supercar.

The fresh forged aluminum wheels benefit from Alcoa’s technological know-how in order to ensure they are as light as possible. As a result, they weigh just 10.3 kg (22.8 lbs) for the front axle and 11.5 kg (25.3 lbs) for the rear one, reducing the overall weight of the car.

The overall weight cut translates into performance improvements for the vehicle, as less mass means the wheels will have better acceleration, steering response and general performance. The lighter wheels will also stay in better contact with the road, compared to the cast aluminum ones.

The diameter of the wheels will have to be 20 inches in circumference, to make room for larger carbon-ceramic brake discs. Accommodations for the latest high performance tires is made by increasing the width to 8.5 inches (front) and 10.5 inches (rear).

“The weight saving possible with Alcoa’s forged aluminum wheels helps to achieve the sharp handling and steering response for which Ferrari is famous,” stated Victor Marquez, Vice President and General Manager, Alcoa Auto Wheels.

“As well as styling freedom, Alcoa’s forged wheels offer a quick-to-market, cost-effective weight reduction,”
Marquez then added, emphasizing the company’s quick turnaround time for new products.

The wheels for the stunning Ferrari 458 Italia will be produced at Alcoa’s Cleveland Ohio plant in the U.S. where the company serves commercial vehicle, automotive and defense supply needs. Its 2,800 employees also make aluminum space frames and other niche products for the automotive industry.

 
 
 
 
 

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