Unique Performance Comes From Audi Wheels

By: Glady Reign

Audi is one of Germany's oldest automobile manufacturers, starting in 1932. It bears the emblem of the 'four rings', representing its union with DKW, Horch, and Wanderer to establish Auto Union AG in Chemnitz. It produced the widest range of passenger vehicles that the German industry could offer in the 1930s, ranging from motorcycles to luxury saloon cars. True to its German tagline, "Vorsprung durch Technik", which means "Advancement Through Technology," Audi has truly gained an edge in the automotive market because of the superior technology equipped in its vehicles. "Truth in Engineering", meanwhile, is its American tagline.

Audi car parts have high standards of reliability and quality, giving Audi cars a constant advantage in the competition. The are just among the many Audi parts that promise first-class performance. By definition, wheels are circular devices rotating on their axis. They enable the movement, transportation or performance in machines. Together with the axle, wheels defeat friction by enabling motion through rolling. They are mostly found in transport applications. Audi wheels, in particular, are originally 13-inch rims used to support the tire and withstand loads from acceleration, braking, and cornering. They are made with either alloy or steel. In 1980, steel was the material of choice for 90 percent of wheel production. But by 2003, aluminum surged to 60 percent of production, leaving steel with less than half of the market it once practically owned. Audi alloy wheels are of aluminum or magnesium metal alloy. Alloy wheels differ from normal steel wheels because of their light weight which improves performance. They also prove to be better heat conductors than steel wheels. Thus the heat dissipation from the brakes is enhanced and the possibility of brake failure in more demanding driving conditions is lessened. They are also deemed more appealing than hubcaps. However, they are more expensive than standard wheels. Although they are more available now, they are still not standard on many vehicles. Alloy wheels are perfect for automobile owners who want lighter, prettier, rarer, and larger wheels for their cars to signify luxury, sportiness or wealth. Today, these wheels have even become a part of pop culture.

There are several ways of constructing Audi wheels. Most alloy wheels are manufactured in one, two or three piece construction types. As the name suggests, the one piece construction type is a wheel made in a mold as a single piece. Two piece wheels are of two separate pieces, which are the center and barrel. They are usually welded or bolted together. Made in three separate pieces, three piece wheels have the center, inside rim half, and outside rim half. They are bolted together by fasteners of top quality.

Audi wheels should be maintained clean all the time. As brakes cause the wheels to heat up, dirt or brake dust may cook into the clear coat. If this happens, the only option left is to have the wheels refinished. Audi wheels do not come cheap so it is best to protect them as much as possible.

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