Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC, a business unit of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., recently introduced its all-new trademarked and patented eVOLVE hybrid composite wheel technology. Based on Lacks’ successful Chromtec wheel technology, eVOLVE wheels are an attractive, highly engineered hybrid-composite wheel that enable a fuel economy improvement of 1.1 miles per gallon highway by balancing weight reduction and optimizing aerodynamics. The world debut announcement was made at the recent LA Auto Show.
Lacks’ new eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology features a unique construction consisting of a high-performance structural backbone that is optimized for handling, weight, stiffness and safety, a lightweight, hybrid-composite design surface that is created to optimize aerodynamics and look great with one of the many proven metal finishes unique to Lacks. In addition, Lacks’ proprietary manufacturing process seamlessly combines all materials to create a strong, yet lightweight, metal-composite wheel, culminating in new levels of fuel efficiency and design flexibility.
“The Lacks eVOLVE wheel technology provides a direct answer to helping automakers meet increasingly stringent federal fuel efficiency standards,” said James Ardern, director of business development, Lacks Wheel Trim Systems. Benefits of the Lacks eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology include highly engineered composite construction, a lower weight that allows increased vehicle content, a larger wheel diameter thanks to lower weight and a range of finishes.
More information on the eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology is available at www.eVOLVEhybrid.com.
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