With gas prices continuing to hover around $4 a gallon, could the weight of your wheels affect your car's fuel economy? In short, yes. The weight of your vehicle's wheels can not only affect the way your vehicle looks but how it drives. Reducing rotational weight by getting lighter wheels has an impact on fuel economy, braking and acceleration. Read "Road Wheel Weights Can Affect Your Vehicle's Show...and Go" to see how your wheel's weight can benefit your vehicle's performance.
For example, if you drive an E92 M3 and are looking to lower the weight of your wheels while giving it a great look, consider the 19" O.Z. Racing Superforgiata that only weighs 17.5 lbs for the 19x8.5 front and 19.9 lbs for the 19x10 rear. This wheel is considerably lighter than the O.E. while providing a new style for your ride.
As for tires, is the lightest always the fastest? Not necessarily because overall grip, steering response and handling predictability are critical as well. Review Tire Test Results to see how a particular tire performed on our Test Track Drives as well as the Real World Road Rides. View all Extreme Performance Summer and Max Performance Summer tires.