Apex Wheel Closeup

Track Specific Wheels – Wayne’s BMW

Does the essence of a sword come from the forgemaster who created it or from the warrior who wields it in battle?

We’ve heard the term “track wheels” time and time again. But seriously, what makes a wheel a “track wheel” anyways? I’ve seen drivers call their bottom-of-the-barrel, ultra cheap wheels “track wheels” because they use them strictly for thrashing around race circuits or for burning through tires at drift events. Alternatively, I’ve seen people save their most expensive forged wheels as “track wheels.”

But, this is probably the first time I’ve ever seen a set of wheels don the moniker of “track wheels” due to support from the manufacturer. This is also the first time I’ve heard of Apex Race Parts.

Wayne arrived with his BMW, still on the nice, heavy stock wheels. And here, you’ll also see one of his brand new Apex ARC-8 wheels. They’re polished one-piece wheels with a spoke pattern similar to Work’s VS-XX.

Now, the difference (I’m told) between Apex and the established JDM wheel brands is the manufacturer support. Apex offers a limited lifetime support when the wheels are used properly. Well what’s “proper” usage anyways? Apparently, track events count as such. Apex will cover you if your wheels get damaged during daily driving or track driving as long as they don’t break from object collisions, (like bricks on the road) hitting berms, or jumping ramps. They call this their structural warranty.

I wonder if the other big brands offer similar support, but if they do, it would be the first time I’ve heard of it. Now, that’s good marketing.

Michelin Tires

And what European car would be complete without a set of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires? Most of my car friends who drive Japanese cars tend to use Falken or Yokohama tires. But European car owners often use Michelins, so far.

Wayne BMW After

Here’s Wayne’s BMW equipped with the new Apex wheels and Michelin tires. It’s a nice touch with the center caps, matching the blue of his car. 🙂 By the way, if you’d like to read more about Apex’s wheel warranty, you can check that out over here.

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