With 12 Brands, 120 mod­els, and 2,200 spec­i­fi­ca­tions, RAYS En­gi­neer­ing in­fuses race data and tech­nol­ogy into each of their con­sumer line of wheels

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Search­ing for your next set of as one but when your they’re wheels thing: it comes search Some noth­ing can to con­tin­ues be wheels qual­ity cum­ber­some, alike—par­tic­u­larly may or re­mem­ber construc- look but alike, tion. the Es­pe­cially mar­ket is flooded in modern with times an in­flux where of cheap knock­offs, the wheel mar­ket can be hard to nav­i­gate. To help bet­ter make that de­ci­sion, you’ll want to con­sider bud­get and style. But above all, be sure to find out how the wheel you want is man­u­fac­tured.

By now rac­ing purists and fans of well-built wheels know all too well about RAYS En­gi­neer­ing, the cre­ative force be­hind such brands as Volk Rac­ing and Gram Lights. With deep-seated roots in rac­ing, RAYS En­gi­neer­ing is also the pow­er­house be­hind Volk’s in­fa­mous TE37. In­tro­duced in 1996, the

TE37 re­mains a time­less clas­sic that is man­u­fac­tured us­ing only the finest ma­te­ri­als and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses.

The same strin­gent man­u­fac­tur­ing process to cre­ate the TE37 are the same ones ap­plied to ev­ery sin­gle wheel that comes out of RAYS En­gi­neer­ing. In fact, RAYS does not al­low com­pro­mise when it comes to the qual­ity or safety of their prod­uct.

To set ac­cu­rate tion their ex­ceed stan­dards. en­sure up for unique to traditional both and ef­fi­ciently this, bench­marks forg­ing ho­mo­ge­neous they Ja­panese pro­duce have and cast­ing (JWL+R) equip­ment pro­duc- highly safety while far ment put to man­u­fac­ture In them ad­di­tion, in mo­tor­sports un­der their the su­pe­rior constant heavy ac­tiv­i­ties alu­minum in­volve- de­mand has wheels. of the pro­gram, Given the the constant re­sult­ing de­mands pres­sure is neer­ing what has com­mit­ted helped keep to their RAYS phi­los­o­phy En­giof “The Con­cept is Rac­ing.” As man­u­fac­tur­ers of wheels for both motorsport ac­tiv­i­ties and road use, they each have their own spe­cial man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses, but it is their goal to erase the line that di­vides them. Yet by re­mov­ing the bar­ri­ers be­tween mo­tor­sports wheels and road wheels, RAYS has helped elim­i­nate the sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween the two. Whereas many wheel com­pa­nies build strictly from a de­sign stand­point, RAYS En­gi­neer­ing molds func­tion into fash­ion by cre­at­ing wheels they stand by. That said, here are some of the high­lights of their man­u­fac­tur­ing process and a glimpse into how they are able to cre­ate some of the world’s light­est and strong­est wheels.

JWL+R Ex­treme Test­ing

for wheels The safety, dis­trib­uted JWL which are strength ap­ply in Ja­pan. to stan­dards alu­minum There are, how­ever, sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ences be­tween the ve­hi­cle per­for­mance, weight, and other at­tributes be­tween the time these stan­dards were es­tab­lished and to­day. As a re­sult, RAYS has de­vel­oped its own “+R” strength stan­dards to go above and be­yond the re­quire­ments and rig­ors of traditional JWL stan­dards.

Com­par­i­son of JWL+R Test­ing vs. JWL

• Ra­dial stress test: 800,000 ro­ta­tions (JWL: 500,000 ro­ta­tions)

• Ro­tary bend­ing fa­tigue test: 150,000 ro­ta­tions (JWL: 100,000 ro­ta­tions)

• 13-de­gree im­pact test: Drop height 255 mm (JWL: 230 mm)

JWL+R Spe­cific Test Cri­te­ria (A RAYS orig­i­nal)

• 90-de­gree im­pact (90-de­gree drop) test (drop height 100mm/ton) • Post-mod­i­fi­ca­tion drum test (800,000 ro­ta­tions)

• Coat­ing per­for­mance test (spray­ing

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