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APEX Wheels | Introducing Our Forged Sprint™ Line - Our Lightest Wheels



Our forged Sprint™ line was built to be extremely light while still offering a meaningful strength increase over our flow formed wheels.

➡︎ 10K ton forged 6061-T6 aluminum

➡︎ Stronger Sprint™ spec inner lip

➡︎ Side-milled spokes for reduced weight

➡︎ Massive brake clearance

➡︎ Independently tested and certified







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Full Specifications

Specifications and ETAs for our Sprint™ Line designs


VS-5RS





EC-7RS



10K Tons Of Pressure



Our new forgings weigh as much as 120 pounds before machining. To form such a thick blank we require special equipment capable of 10,000 metric tons of pressure. This extreme pressure increases the strength of the aluminum by eliminating porosity and improving the grain structure.

True Motorsport Blanks



Many companies use 3rd-party blanks intended for non-motorsport wheels which can severely limit sizes, concavity, spoke design, and critical brake clearance. We designed our very own blank profiles from scratch which gives us total control over the final product, resulting in exceptionally deep spokes and stronger designs.
Learn more about our true motorsport blanks.



Side-milled Spokes



One of the most significant upgrades to our Sprint wheels is the addition of wider and deeper side-milled spokes. Any excess material that doesn’t add strength is carved out using a precision CNC ball cutter. Side-milling is often deemed cost-prohibitive by others, but for true performance without compromise we believe it's essential.

➡︎ 40-50% Wider
➡︎ 50-100% Deeper

Learn more about our wider and deeper side-milling.


A Stronger Lightweight Wheel



Our forged Sprint™ wheels are lightweight without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels. First, we carved out as much material as possible, then we purposefully added one pound back to reinforce critical areas, creating a stronger inner lip and a higher load rating.¹ What’s the point of a lightweight wheel if it’s fragile?


Weight Optimized


We conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reinforce high-stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The result is a wheel that is exceptionally light without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels.


Independently Tested


We don't rely solely on computer simulations or unverifiable in-house testing. We believe independent testing is critical to protect consumers in this unregulated industry. We chose STL, an independent lab in Ohio, to test our Sprint™ wheels far above JWL standards, including increases in testing duration, impact drop height, and total load.
Learn more about our rigorous independent testing.


Tough Inner Lip


Introducing the Sprint™ spec inner lip, with a unique channel profile that makes it even stronger than our previous designs. So even though our Sprint™ wheels are pounds lighter than comparable flow formed wheels, the inner lip is stronger.

➡︎ 32% more reinforcement than our flow formed wheels.

Learn more about our Sprint™ spec inner lip.


Big Brake Clearance


From day one, APEX has been on a mission to build wheels that clear big brakes. Our new forged wheels are the product of everything we’ve developed over the past 10+ years, including an innovative high-clearance barrel design and vehicle-specific spoke profiles.


Deeper Concavity


Our new forgings were redesigned to create extra deep, concave spoke profiles. Their new shape allows us to make any profile, from flat to deep and everything in between. Each one is optimized for a specific application using 3D laser scans of factory and aftermarket brake kits.


Paintless Knurled Beads


Whether it's a day at the track or months of street driving, repeated hard braking and acceleration can make a tire slip along the bead seat and go out of balance, causing vibration. Knurled beads help, but are less effective when painted over. Our forged line features unpainted knurled beads that stay sharp and maximize grip.
Learn more about why our forged wheels have unpainted knurled beads.


Built for impact sockets


Track wheels need track tools. Don’t settle for wheels that require undersized tuner lugs or thin walled sockets. All APEX wheels accommodate over-sized race lugs and impact sockets to make swapping wheels lightning fast.




Laser-Engraved Specs


As track enthusiasts ourselves, we know how frustrating it is to try to locate and decipher wheel specs that have been hastily hammered into the rim or become unreadable over time. With our new Sprint™ wheels, we chose to invest a little extra and laser-engrave the specs on the barrel, in plain sight, making them easy to find and read. (You’re welcome.)



APEX Forged Sprint Line Wheel Gallery



VS-5RS Gallery




EC-7RS Gallery



Learn More

VS5-RS / EC-7RS

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18" EC-7RS Details










18" VS-5RS Details












How APEX Engineers A Better Track Wheel

Crazy to think, but this is our first ever, in-depth video about any of our wheels.

Our engineering team put 2 years of hard work into our new Sprint Line and the forging dies that made them possible, so we were compelled to create a technical video that dives into the details. This video has a lot of great content our product descriptions don’t include. After watching, we’re confident you’ll truly appreciate why these features are so valuable.

If you're craving more content, this should quench your thirst.


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All of the split 5-spoke wheels in the past decade are similar. At this point, it's all about the little details and IMO, Apex has really knocked it out of the park with their version. To me, this is literally the best take on the split 5-spoke wheel. It has all the little details that matter while keeping it simple. It's such a winner in my book. Great work Apex.
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Damn these look awesome - great job y'all
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These look awesome!

Quick question. Will there be 19" available eventually?

Either way, great job Apex....

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Waiting on 19" VS-5RS
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All of the split 5-spoke wheels in the past decade are similar. At this point, it's all about the little details and IMO, Apex has really knocked it out of the park with their version. To me, this is literally the best take on the split 5-spoke wheel. It has all the little details that matter while keeping it simple. It's such a winner in my book. Great work Apex.
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Damn these look awesome - great job y'all
Thanks guys, We really focused on the details with these wheels starting from the fundamental changes to our dies which allowed the additional machining, increased spoke depth, and inner lip improvements. We're really exciting that those changes and others let us both shed a ton of weight and resulted in a fantastic looking design as well!

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These look awesome!

Quick question. Will there be 19" available eventually?

Either way, great job Apex....

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Thanks for the kind words!

Full ETAs are available on our site for all of the fitments we currently have lined up: (scroll down for table with etas)

VS-5RS: https://www.apexraceparts.com/our-wh...ontent-fitment

EC-7RS: https://www.apexraceparts.com/our-wh...ontent-fitment

19" 5x120 BMW should be arriving in March of 2022.

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Thanks for pledging!

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Can the VS-5RS accept OEM centre caps?
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They sure can! The VS-5RS will come with our APEX center caps preinstalled but will accept OEM BMW center caps no problem.

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We've added the full tables of incoming fitments and their specifications/ETAs to the OP. As you can see, this is a massive range of wheels that we will be bringing to market over a short time frame and this is only the beginning! Fitments that are not a part of the current ongoing Group Buy will have their own associated Group Buys prior to their arrival.

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Blake's M4 featuring our Sprint™ Line VS-5RS


Our new customer feature gallery thread is live! Use the link below to take a look at this track-prepped M4 and get some behind the scenes insight into an APEX photoshoot!








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Will we get more size and offsett for the EC-7RS?

I'm looking for them in +40's in 8.5".

Also could u let us know what size brakes is on the orange 997? They seems to clear it's brakes and those does not look like stock brakes.
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Will we get more size and offsett for the EC-7RS?

I'm looking for them in +40's in 8.5".

Also could u let us know what size brakes is on the orange 997? They seems to clear it's brakes and those does not look like stock brakes.
Yes, we will be offering additional fitments in the future which will likely include an 18x8.5, but the final offset is undecided. This Sprint Line launch includes a ton of different wheels and fitments that we are bringing to market all at once so we are focused on getting all of the listed fitments on our launch pages out first before we engineer new sizes and offsets.





This car is running the stock PCCB calipers but converted to 380mm steel rotors. Our 18" VS-5RS and EC-7RS clear these brakes easily thanks to the new Motorsports blanks that allow us to design a drop well and wheel face with more clearance than ever. Keep in mind that BMW and Porsche EC-7RS will have different widths/offsets and face profiles but if you have a specific brake kit in mind, we can always let you know what the clearances look like for wheels that are already developed.

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Probably a long shot, but any thoughts about bringing a 20" or 21" version for a Tesla Model S (5x120)?
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Damn, I got a conundrum with what size to pick. An 18" VS-5RS gives that real meaty thick tire looks like the M4 GT4 while a 19" VS-5RS would look more fitting for an M4 like my 437M and like how the CS looks with the 763M with the 19" in the front. Hmm, decisions decisions...
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Damn, I got a conundrum with what size to pick. An 18" VS-5RS gives that real meaty thick tire looks like the M4 GT4 while a 19" VS-5RS would look more fitting for an M4 like my 437M and like how the CS looks with the 763M with the 19" in the front. Hmm, decisions decisions...
I was considering 18" but after seeing 18" on m3 they look small relative to the body so I will be going 19", more so the rear than the front.
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Thanks for introducing us to the new wheel lineup.

Some of the most reputable and enthusiast trusted wheel companies on Earth source their forged blanks from Aluminum Precision based here in SoCal. These include brands like Forgeline and HRE alongside a much longer list of big brand OEM partners.

As a most recent example, Gordon Murray's very own next "McLaren F1" T.50 comes shod with APP Tech wheels which are born out of Aluminum Precision blanks.

https://www.aluminumprecision.com/ca...forged-wheels/

Where do your "True Motorsport Blanks" come from?
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Probably a long shot, but any thoughts about bringing a 20" or 21" version for a Tesla Model S (5x120)?
We're certainly considering it, but they aren't in our initial planned production. 20" wheels would be the more likely diameter of the two you listed as our current blanks support that size. Email us at info@apexraceparts.com if you'd like to see these wheels become a reality as we are able to track requests more easily via email!

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Damn, I got a conundrum with what size to pick. An 18" VS-5RS gives that real meaty thick tire looks like the M4 GT4 while a 19" VS-5RS would look more fitting for an M4 like my 437M and like how the CS looks with the 763M with the 19" in the front. Hmm, decisions decisions...
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I was considering 18" but after seeing 18" on m3 they look small relative to the body so I will be going 19", more so the rear than the front.
Both are great options! I added tables with ETAs and specs for the 19s to the OP so hopefully that helps. We'll be launching Group Buys for those diameters and the EC-7RS in the future as well.

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Thanks for introducing us to the new wheel lineup.

Some of the most reputable and enthusiast trusted wheel companies on Earth source their forged blanks from Aluminum Precision based here in SoCal. These include brands like Forgeline and HRE alongside a much longer list of big brand OEM partners.

As a most recent example, Gordon Murray's very own next "McLaren F1" T.50 comes shod with APP Tech wheels which are born out of Aluminum Precision blanks.

https://www.aluminumprecision.com/ca...forged-wheels/

Where do your "True Motorsport Blanks" come from?
This question deserves a more in-depth response regarding what a motorsport blank is and the origin and development of ours specifically. The engineering and production staff that I'd like to have jump in here and provide that response are out for the holiday but will be back next week. We'll be sure to jump in with a technical response then!

Stay Tuned.

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Thanks for introducing us to the new wheel lineup.

Some of the most reputable and enthusiast trusted wheel companies on Earth source their forged blanks from Aluminum Precision based here in SoCal. These include brands like Forgeline and HRE alongside a much longer list of big brand OEM partners.

As a most recent example, Gordon Murray's very own next "McLaren F1" T.50 comes shod with APP Tech wheels which are born out of Aluminum Precision blanks.

https://www.aluminumprecision.com/ca...forged-wheels/

Where do your "True Motorsport Blanks" come from?
Thanks for checking out our new wheel line.

It’s hard to tell based on how you worded your question, but it seems like your intention may be to connect motorsport-worthy blanks to an expensive supplier you’re familiar with. Doing so makes it feel like you may have missed the point of what APEX brings to the table. We’d like to clear a few things up.

We define a “True Motorsport Blank” as a forged blank that includes the critical features desired in a motorsport-focused wheel. The blank’s shape should not force the wheel’s design to be compromised by unnecessary limitations that are the result of optimizations made for non-motorsport applications. A wheel with a motorsport aesthetic combined with various other compromised specifications is not a true motorsport wheel in our minds. We wrote detailed articles and created a video to explain the details we put into our die, as there are forged wheels made from cheap “street” blanks masquerading as motorsport wheels, when in fact they share the same flaws as typical street wheels, including compromised spoke profiles, barrels, load ratings, and inner lips.

Dies are extremely expensive, so if a wheel manufacturer wants to offer forged sizes from 15"-24" diameters and in a bunch of widths, it would be a huge investment to make that possible. By sourcing blanks from a supplier such as APP, manufacturers producing custom wheels in low volume can avoid the die investment and the volume requirements involved. APP is a great blank manufacturer, no doubt about it. They do have blanks that are great for motorsport applications. Their blanks are popular with boutique brands, and those brands charge a significant premium.

APEX produces wheels in high volume, in limited specifications, and we have a narrow focus on motorsport applications. We only need a few dies to accomplish our goals so the investment was worth it. Many high-volume manufacturers produce their own blanks to meet their own needs. BBS, Volk, TWS... are a few examples of brands with their own blank production. It’s much more cost-effective when volumes are higher and it offers more control.

To be explicitly clear. Our wheels and blanks are made overseas in China by our forging and machining partner. They’re made from 6061-T6. We designed the forging dies ourselves so the wheels are everything we wanted them to be. If our country of origin scares you, and budget is not an issue, then Forgeline, HRE, and other expensive brands are certainly a better fit.

Our mission has always been to deliver great value by making feature-rich products in high volume to eliminate the boutique markup. If we made wheels locally using the same blanks, our prices would be just as high. That goes against our mission. We were far more interested in finding a way to bring prices down on typically expensive features, so a broader range of customers could benefit from them. Years of work later, we achieved that goal. We are in no way saying we are the only motorsport option or the most premium option available, but we’re definitely saying we’re a great value.

Thanks again for the question, and sorry if it was misinterpreted. A short answer from us can lead to a lot of follow-up questions, so we just wanted to be thorough with our response.

-Eddy

Articles mentioned above:

Motorsport Blanks: https://www.apexraceparts.com/blog/a...created-equal/
Technical Video: How APEX Engineers A Better Track Wheel
Side Milling: https://www.apexraceparts.com/blog/h...heels-lighter/
Sprint™ Spec Lip: https://www.apexraceparts.com/blog/m...pec-inner-lip/

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