Alloy wheels are an integral part for your vehicle and proper care is to be taken to maintain them at a perfect state. Hitting the curbs can have a significant impact on the wheels. They are much stronger compared to steel but are less malleable. As a result, there is a high possibility that they can crack on significant impacts. There are different types of alloys available depending on the method they are produced; there are wheels that are produced by flow form technology that have significant advantages compared to conventional cast produced wheels.
Flow Form Wheels
Initially, Flow Form wheels undergo the casting process similar to cast produced wheels to create the spoke pattern. But they differ in hoop thickness compared to wheels produced by cast pouring method. Then, the wheel castings are put into a flow-forming machine to produce the outer hoops. The outer hoops are flow-formed by rollers that are under high temperature and pressure. As a result, a strong flow form wheel is formed that has similar properties to that of cast wheel but lighter.
Advantages of Flow Form Wheels
A flow formed wheel has similar properties to that of a cast forged wheel but weighs significantly less than that of a cast wheel. Since wheels add to the unsprung weight of the car, reducing the weight of the wheels through this flow form process can have a significant improvement on the handling of the car. This also leads to good precision in steering. A lighter wheel can provide better acceleration and can reduce gas consumption. Flow Form wheels are 25% lighter in comparison with a cast wheel of same design and specification.
Wheels are made by flow form technology are significantly stronger than a typical cast produced wheel. Tensile strength of flow form wheels is higher compared to cast wheels. Also, this helps when riding on bumpy roads on everyday basis. They scatter heat better. As a result they decrease cracking and bending. Braking becomes efficient and better flow of air in alloys helps to cool the brakes.
Higher Load Rating
It is a well-known fact that Flow Forming Technology increases the tensile strength of a wheel design. As a result, this also yields a higher load rating in comparison to a conventional cast wheel making it more durable.
The flow form wheels have a higher shock resistance and are extremely useful
for riding on rough surfaces. This can also act an advantage during every day driving as it is better against hazards experienced on the road.
Flow form wheels have better elongation rates in comparison to the conventional cast constructed wheels. Elongation is the amount that a wheel flexes or leans before attaining its breaking point. Flow Formed wheels provide an increase in elongation, both in the barrel and rear flange area. This is extremely useful for day to day driving as it is stable against hazards encountered on roads.
Aesthetic appeal and Customization:
Flow Form wheels look good compared to the steel ones. They come in a variety of finishes, such as chrome, painted, and polished. Customisation is also possible sometimes.
Flow Formed wheels outshines the conventional cast constructed wheel on all aspects. It is slightly priced higher compared to the cast wheels, but a technology such as flow form is significantly better than conventional ones. It has more advantages than conventional wheels and thereby the pricing is acceptable considering the
Performance advantages of Flow Form wheels
Reduced Unsprung Weight
Unsprung weight is one of the most critical factors affecting a vehicle’s road handling ability. Unsprung weight is the part of a vehicle that is not supported by the suspension (i.e. wheels, tires and brakes) and therefore most exposed to road shock and cornering forces. By reducing unsprung weight, these flow form wheels provide more precise steering input and improved handling characteristics.
Improved Acceleration and Braking
By reducing the weight of the vehicle’s rotational mass, alloy wheels provide more responsive acceleration and braking characteristics.
The added strength of a flow form alloy wheel can significantly reduce the tire deflection while taking a corner. This is extremely useful for sports cars that are equipped with high performance tires where high lateral forces may be experienced during cornering.
In conclusion, adding flow form wheels to vehicles can make the vehicle look good also can increase the performance characteristics. However, there are more benefits of having flow form wheels than aesthetic appeal. Top of Form