Looking for Lightweight Track Wheels at a Great Price? The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is Your Answer

Monday, March 24, 2014 by Zig Ziegler

Autocross and track season are quickly approaching and many racers have already begun to plan for upcoming races and events. As most enthusiasts know, switching out your vehicle's heavy, factory steel or alloy wheels is one of the easiest performance upgrades to your track vehicle. By switching to a lighter weight wheel, your car will instantly feel quicker and respond better compared to your stock wheels. The rotational force to get a lighter weight wheel to move and stop is less, therefore the engine and braking system of the car can respond quicker. Reducing the unsprung weight will also reap benefits when cornering, as the shocks and springs will have less weight to dampen during rebound and compression.

Typically, the answer to a lighter wheel is purchasing a fully forged alloy wheel, however, this option can become expensive for some. There are many highly engineered cast alloy options that are more affordable and provide a great bang for your buck.


Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Black Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Bright Silver Paint

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Gold Painted

Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Special Brilliant Coating


Enkei Racing Series' RPF1 uses a revolutionary MAT Process to make lighter weight wheels. MAT is a technology for producing an aluminum wheel by combining Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology. MAP is a highly automated system. Each process is connected in a single-piece flow system that transports wheels from the melting process, through heat treatment and on to machining. The process of spinning the rim vs. casting it to both shape and elongate it produces a finer, more even aluminum structure and ensures the wheel will remain lightweight and strong. The complete MAT process has a drastic impact on the microstructure of aluminum and results in outstanding improvement of the mechanical property of the material.

As wheels and tires become larger, use of the MAT process to manufacture wheels becomes even more important. In order to reduce weight under a vehicle's suspension, larger wheels must remain light. Enkei Racing Series' new generation of 10% - 15% lighter weight, forged MAT wheels are strong and retain optimum anti-flex properties.

The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered in black painted, bright silver paint, gold painted and special brilliant coating finishes for a wide assortment of vehicles like BMW, Mazda, Subaru and Honda. Shop by vehicle to see if the Enkei Racing Series RPF1 is offered as a performance upgrade for your track car.

Changed My Mind and Went With the Enkei Performance Series Falcon

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Cy Chowattukunnel

When it came time to purchase wheels for my new vehicle, I thought I had my mind made up. After my research, I was ready to buy the 17x8" 45 ET gunmetal with machined lip Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin. It met all my requirements as far as function, style and finish. However, deep down, I knew my gut was telling me to go with a brighter finish and look for something different. While the Enkei Tenjin is a great wheel, I knew that it wasn't exactly what I was looking for. As we all know, wheels are about personal preference!

After I changed my mind, I went ahead and purchased the hyper silver with machined lip 17x7" 45 ET Enkei Performance Series Falcon (the Falcon is also available in 16", 18" and 20" rim diameters). I think they're a perfect complement to my vehicle and I like how the sharp edges of the wheel flows with the Civic Si's angular lines.

One change I did make was switching the center cap to one from Honda. It's not a perfect fit but my original Honda center cap can be squeezed in. In the near future, I will mill down the perimeter of the Honda caps for a better fit.

When the time comes for you to make your next wheel purchase, take a look at the wide range of styles from around the world we offer.

Enkei Tuning Series Kojin and Tenji: Traditional Style Meets High-Tech Design

Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Zig Ziegler

The introduction of a new wheel design by Enkei is always an event among car enthusiasts. And, the Kojin and Tenjin are no exception. Enkei Tuning Series wheels are a perennial favorite among those looking to upgrade the performance and look of their vehicle with an option that's lightweight, strong and stylish.

 Enkei Tenjin - Black w/ Machined Lip
Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin
(Black w/ Machined Lip)
 Enkei Tenjin - Gunmetal w/ Machined Lip
Enkei Tuning Series Tenjin
(Gunmetal w/ Machined Lip)


The Enkei Tuning Series Kojin takes the traditional five-spoke design and adds just the right contours to give it an aggressive tuner look without being too loud. Enkei Tuning Series' Tenjin is the latest addition to the Enkei lightweight tuning line. In keeping with Enkei’s design philosophy, the Tenjin exhibits nine spokes carefully designed to achieve ultra high rigidity while maintaining low weight and style.


Enkei Tuning Series Kojin
(Matte Silver Painted)

Enkei Tuning Series Kojin
(Black Painted)


Both the Kojin and Tenjin are built using Enkei's state-of-the-art MAT Technology and SPEC-E wheel testing:

MAT Technology

Enkei developed a manufacturing process to produce the next aluminum wheel generation. The Most Advanced Technology (M.A.T.) combines one-piece cast wheel technology with a rim forming technology called spinning process. Using this new technology of casting and rim forming by MAT process is critical to improve the material property and strength of the wheels. Rim-Rolled technology shapes the rim to improve material elongation without sacrificing the wheel's hardness.

SPEC-E

All Enkei wheels are engineered to pass rigorous testing. In fact, Enkei established its own test standard called “Spec-E,” which is tougher than JWL requirements. Enkei’s Spec-E test setting requires a higher drop point in the impact test and 20% more cycles for the rotary bending fatigue and dynamic radial fatigue tests than JWL standards. The Spec-E represents Enkei’s confidence in its technology and quality of their wheels.

Lightweight, Strong and Good Looking: Enkei Racing Series PF01

Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Marshall Wisler

Selecting wheels for a vehicle is subjective based upon one's taste and ultimately up to each individual customer. Here at Tire Rack, we offer many different brands to suit the various tastes of our customers.

While I'm frequently asked, "What wheel would look best on my car?", I must admit it's a very difficult question to answer. Even though I've been customizing cars for years and certainly have my thoughts as to how things should be done, my feelings don't always match that of the consumer. 

When I do weigh in, I try to recommend wheels that aren't overstated, of good quality and are as purposeful as possible. For customers looking for a wheel that is durable, good looking and extremely lightweight, one of my favorite choices is Enkei's PF01

Part of the Enkei Racing Series family, this product weighs as little as 10 lbs. in certain sizes and maintains a much lower price point than other high-end wheel manufacturers. The broad range of bolt patterns and sizing of this wheel allows it to be used on a wide variety of vehicles.

The 4x100 bolt pattern is a popular choice for Honda and Mazda Miata owners, while the 5x114 option has proven to be very popular on countless other makes and models. Besides the physical allure of this wheel, it's proven quite handy when trying to clear Big Brake Kits due to its large amount of spoke clearance.

When considering aftermarket wheels or aftermarket rims as they are commonly called, take a look at many of the various wheels from Enkei. With many wheels to chose from, your tastes doesn't have to exactly mirror my own.

Light and Strong: Enkei Racing Series Offers Excellent Wheels for the Track and Autocross

Monday, June 25, 2012 by Alex Mouroulis

Enkei Racing Series custom wheels feature the latest designs, composite alloy technology and casting and forging processes. Enkei's quality testing surpasses stringent JGTC standards. This dedication to perfection helps them deliver the best in modern alloy wheels.

Creating the unique styles for today's market, Enkei Racing Series wheels are manufactured using the MAT (Most Advanced Technology) process. This combines one-piece cast wheel technology with a process of spinning the rim. Using this technology, casting and rim forming by MAT will drastically improve the strength of the wheels. Rim-rolling technology shapes the rim to improve material elongation without sacrificing the wheels' hardness.

The following two options are not only a few of my favorites, but also two of the lightest we offer. The RPF1 is a classic Japanese tuner style look and is available in a 14", 15", 16", 17" and 18" rim diameter. Featuring a much more modern look, the PF01 showcases a 10-spoke design with snap-in, exposed lugs. Both wheels look great without center caps, as this is appealing to drivers of autocross and where there are track regulations.

Enkei RPF1
Enkei Racing Series RPF1
Enkei PF01
Enkei Racing Series PF01

 

Enkei Racing PF01 Wheels. Thanks to MAT!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011 by Gavin Carpenter
Last April, I discussed putting new wheels on my vehicle. After making my decision and driving the new setup for some time, I'm quite pleased with my selection. 

I went with the Enkei Racing PF01 for several reasons. First, is the brand's reputation. Several F1 teams, including the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team use them. For many SCCA and NASA members, as well as road-going folks, Enkei is synonymous with a low-cost, quality wheel. 

Second, is the strength of the wheel. Many of Enkei's wheels, including the PF01 and the RPF1 are gravity cast wheels and use Most Advanced Technology (MAT) in forming the rim of the wheel. I didn't come up with the name MAT, but "shaving the wheel weight while adding strength to the rim" turned out to be a messy acronym. Here in the Midwest, I encounter a variety of driving surfaces and have hit my fair share of potholes and they've proven to stay true, so far. Thanks MAT!

Finally, is the wheel's weight. There is a noticeable difference in weight from the factory 17" Bridgestone Blizzak WS70 on my stock 17" VW Denver wheels and that of the 18" Enkeis with Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires. The 18" PF01 comes in at about a pound for every inch of diameter and the tires at 22 lbs. each, or roughly 40 lbs. per corner. My stock wheels weighed approximately 50 lbs. with tires. This gives me a huge loss in unsprung weight, giving me an advantage in handling and braking. The ride quality of the 18" setup is rougher than the stock 17", but then again, I put them on my GTI and not a Golf.

Developed for many fitments including certain Honda, Mazda and BMW models, the PF01 is available in the following finishes: 
Interested to see what the wheels look like on your vehicle, visit our Upgrade Garage.


Enkei Racing PF01 (Black w/ Mach Lip)
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Enkei Racing (White w/ Mach Lip)

I also toyed with the idea of purchasing a nice set of BBS rims, the CH in particular, but the cost dissuaded me a little bit from going that route. So, what do you think about the Enkei rims? Please note this is a photo from our Upgrade Garage, as my car was in desperate need of a wash at the release of this post.



 2010 gti enkei pf01

Wheels & Tires for the 2011-2012 VW Jetta

Friday, November 4, 2011 by Cy Chowattukunnel
Despite what some automotive experts say, I really like the new Volkswagen Jetta. And, if the original Jetta tires and wheels are not to your liking, some aftermarket car rims and tires could really increase the vehicle's style.

As you try to envision how a given wheel will fit on your car, keep in mind that the offset spec effects the overall look. How would the 17x7.5 5-112 bolt pattern 45mm offset Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin look on the car, even though your Original Equipment wheels are 16" in diameter and 6.5" with a 50mm offset? To help you gain a better picture of how these Enkei rims would sit on your vehicle, look at where your valve stems sit and picture them moving 17mm (roughly 3/4") out towards the fender.

Manufacturers will determine what sizes of wheels they'll make, as not all wheels come in all sizes. However, when you purchase wheels from Tire Rack, you can be assured the wheel you order is a perfect match for your vehicle. To see how we get the proper fitments for each vehicle, read "How We Know What Fits."

Since I am a big fan of the Jetta TDI let's use this application as an example. For 17" wheels you can choose Volkswagen tires in either 225/45-17 or 235/45-17. If I were picking tires to use here in Indiana, I'd get the 225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4 for its combination of great steering response, wet grip and efficiency.

Since the new Jetta uses the indirect Tire Pressure Monitoring System with ABS sensors, you don't need to get separate sensors. And when you're looking at our online tire prices for the Michelin Primacy, create a Tire & Wheel Package with the Enkei wheels for $1388* plus shipping.

17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
17x7.5 Bright Silver Enkei Tuning Fujin
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4
225/45-17 Michelin Primacy MXM4

Create the perfect Tire & Wheel Package for your Jetta today!

The Classics are Back by Enkei

Tuesday, January 11, 2011 by Chad Hocker
EEnkei Classic Series Wheelsnkei Performance Series, Enkei Racing Series, Enkei Tuning Series and now Enkei Classic Series. Enkei has brought back some of the legendary and now classic wheels from the heydeys of the import car tuning scene.

Enkei92 Wheels
Enkei92
Enkei92
Enkei92
Black w/Machined Lip
Gold w/Machined Lip
Silver w/Machined Lip

The Enkei92 and also the J-Speed are available in 15-inch fitments. Take a look to see if these Enkei Classic Series wheels will fit your vehicle.

J-Speed Wheels
J-Speed
J-Speed
Black w/Machined Lip
Silver w/Machined Lip

The new Enkei Classic Series wheel line continues the production process of modern Enkei wheels. Incorporating Enkei's own Spec-E standards that surpass JWL standards by requiring a higher drop point in the impact testing and high cycles in the dynamic radial fatigue tests and rotary bending fatigue test.

Check to see which of these classic retro designed Enkei Rims will fit your vehicle and give it that old school feel combined with modern production methods and quality standards.

Enkei Racing Series RFP1 Rims at Tire Rack

Friday, May 21, 2010 by Chad Hocker
Enkei Racing SeriesLooking for a combination of the perfect look and lightweight rim for track or every day use. Chances are the Enke Racing Series RPF1 will fit your car. These track rims are available in over 70 different variations in Bright Silver, Gold, and Black Painted finishes. The Enkei Racing Series RPF1 comes in sizes ranging from 14 inch-for the Mazda Miata to 19-inch rims for a VW Jetta. The RPF1 is also typically very lightweight. For example, the 16X7 for the Honda Civic only weighs 13.7 lbs. The 18X8.5 for the Nissan 350Z only weighs 18.3 lbs. 

The RPF1 rims are manufactured in Japan where Enkei was founded in 1950. The Enkei Racing RPF1 rims exceed the JWL and VIA strength test standards that have much higher requirements than the US DOT testing. Additionally, Enkei's MAT process allows them to reduce the overall weight 10-15%.

Check out the different color options available and see if these Rims will fit your car.
Enkei Racing RPF1 Bright Silver
Enkei Racing RPF1 BlackEnkei Racing RPF1

 


Enkei rolled out some new wheels.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Keeping up their tradition of providing the latest in wheel design and alloy casting processes, Enkei has added a few new wheels to their Performance Series line—and you can find them at Tire Rack.

Featured on the Mazda RX-8 at right, the Imola has a bright silver paint finish. For those drivers who want a bit more of an edge in their wheel, it also comes with a black finish.

In addition to this wheel, the following are also new:

Aletta Sesto Falcon

Search by vehicle in our Upgrade Garage to see—literally, you can see—what these Enkei rims can do for the aesthetics of your vehicle. We'll even give you some suggestions for performance car tires to match. Just in case. (It never hurts to have a complete set of performance wheels & tires!)


Performance Wheels

Friday, January 29, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Some people choose alloy wheels based on looks, others choose based on their desired performance level. Many racers choose to change both wheels and tires on race day. And so, we'd like to recommend these performance wheels. (As it turns out, they also look good!)

Enkei Racing PF01
O.Z. Alleggerita HLT
BBS CH-R
TRMotorsports C3

Get the complete package—enter the Upgrade Garage to find performance rims and tires for your vehicle.

You've got the Mustang, now get the Mustang rims.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 by Tire Rack Team
Ford Mustangs have been rolling down our streets since 1964, impressing us all with their power and their style. Though Ford has made a few improvements over the years, it's as classic a car as ever. Why change a good thing, right? We only disagree with that statement when it comes to the Mustang wheels.

It's not that we dislike the Original Equipment, we only aim to exhibit how the installation of aftermarket Mustang wheels provides performance and aesthetic benefits. And there are a number of excellent aftermarket Mustang wheels.

The 2010 Ford Mustang GT Coupe above features 20" Sport Muscle Tach wheels that are machined with an anthracite accent. Other Mustang wheels that would look just as good include:

Enkei Performance Series LS-5 (Black Painted)
Sport Edition KV5 (Silver)
TRMotorsports MT1 (Matte Grey)

Use our Upgrade Garage to see what these and other Mustang wheels would look like on your vehicle. You'll also get access to Mustang tires, Mustang brake pads and Mustang suspension products, including Mustang shocks.


 

Enkei Rims

Monday, January 4, 2010 by Tire Rack Team

Enkei wheels bring sophistication to the track and everyday roadway. Founded in Japan in 1950, Enkei's worldwide presence ranges from Asia to North America, Latin America and Europe. Enkei wheels are divided into three distinct groups, each of which features the latest wheel designs while Enkei Racing Series wheels feature MAT (Most Advanced Technology) processes that combine Enkei's MAP (Most Advanced Production) and flow-forming forging technology.



Some of Tire Rack's top-selling Enkei rims include:
EDR9 (Performance Series)
PF01 (Racing Series)
SC05 (Tuning Series)

Search all wheels.