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Mako

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Diameters: 18″ – 22″ (Classic Step Construction)
Widths: from 7.5″ to 13″

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Star

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Diameters: 18″ – 22″ (Sandwich mount Step lip Construction)
Widths: from 7.5″ to 13″

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Statement From COR Wheels

Due to some unfortunate circumstances regarding a set of COR forged wheels, we feel that it is necessary to publicly address the situation and reiterate our company’s commitment to quality and customer service that has helped us build a strong reputation within the industry.

We are sure that many of you feel this response is long overdue, but given the sensitive nature and legalities involved, we had no alternative but to proceed with care, so as not to inflame an already volatile situation. Until this time, we have had nothing but excellent feedback and reviews from our clients concerning our products and service. In relation to the number of wheels that we have produced, our warranty adjustments have been less than one tenth of one-percent, which is a superb standard for any manufactured product. This is due in no small part to our commitment to building long lasting relationships with our distributors and returning customer base whose support is well recognized and very much appreciated.

The isolated incident that occurred with one of our clients was very unfortunate and unforeseeable, and we are thankful that there were no injuries. The product involved was designed, developed and third-party tested to ensure its integrity, strength, and reliability. The safety of our customers is extremely important to us, and is not a matter taken lightly by any member of our organization.

It is customary–and our preference–to service our customers directly. The client elected to bypass our resolution process by communicating with us through third parties (specifically an attorney). We sincerely hope that those following this series of events can appreciate that we had no other option than to turn this matter over to our product liability carrier, which exists specifically to address situations such as this. To be clear, the claim for warranty denied on the published letter was a response to the client’s attorney’s demand letter, and not COR Wheels refusing to stand behind its product. Prior to the involvement of legal counsel, the client was offered a full refund, regardless of any specific warranty considerations. We would like to clarify that the revisions made to our warranty were a direct result of the client’s attorney’s assertion that our terminology was vague. This does not speak of the safety and appropriateness of the product, which we feel is 100-percent safe for use on or off the track, but rather to the applicability of our warranty. With this revision, our warranty policy is more in-line with industry norms, which even at the OEM level precludes the use in a track environment.

As a final thought, we at COR wheels want to reiterate our commitment to the performance aftermarket and help further everyone’s understanding of the process and technology behind automotive wheels. We have a standing invitation for any interested party or any member of the media to visit our headquarters in Florida, tour our facilities, and meet the individuals responsible for designing, creating, and manufacturing the products that we are so very proud to offer. We sincerely hope that you will avail yourselves of this offer so that you may observe first-hand, our manufacturing and quality control process and the effort that goes into each and every product that leaves our facility.

Sincerely,

Christopher Robles & Robert Herrera
Founders & Owners
COR International, LLC
2799 NW 82nd Avenue

Miami, Florida 33122
Phone: 305.477.5850
Fax: 786.427.1324

F1 Focus

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Majestic

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Vento

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Diameters: 19″, 20″, 21″, 22″ (Classic Step Construction)
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The new 2012 Porsche 911 makes its Debut at Frankfurt

The legend lives on.

Since 1963, the Porsche 911 has been held atop a pedestal as the prototypical sports car. For 48 years, the 911 has held this distinction, and retains it with the newest 991-generation 911. The latest 911 doesn’t have some of the drastic changes of past such as the elimination of air-cooled engines in the 996 or the Tiptronic transmission and all-wheel drive of the 964, but still asserts itself as the quintessential sports car.

There are a few obvious changes to the typical Porsche and/or automotive enthusiast at first glance. The 991 911 sits lower, has a 100 mm longer wheelbase, has a sleeker look and stretched silhouette that is ends with a distinct rear. For the exterior design, Porsche kept the styling relatively conservative. Minor changes such as enlarged air intakes at the front with integrated LED light bars, a wider front track, and side mirrors positioned on the door instead of the A-pillar give the 991 a different face that the 997. The standard wheel choices also grow from 19- to 20 inches in diameter for improved aesthetics. The wide butt of the 911 is apparent more than ever and comes wearing new LED taillights in a thin, streamlined shape. If anything, it’s more of a nip and tuck than a full-on nose job.

Underneath the new sheet metal is an aluminum-steel construction that reduces weight by 99 lbs. over the 997. The new 2012 Carrera and Carrera S’s engines also sit a few inches forward to produce a more ideal weight distribution and better handling dynamics while preserving the rear-engined platform that the 911 is known for. The wider front and rear tracks help improve grip along with the revised suspension design, making the new 911 one of the most dynamic Porsche models currently available. On the Carrera S model, the new Porsche Dynamic Chassis Control (PDCC) is available. Under hard cornering, the system adjusts the wheels to ensure that the tires are always in the optimal position, resulting in higher lateral grip.

The new Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models will be powered by new engines that boast greater fuel efficiency and emissions without sacrificing output. In fact, both engines are more powerful than the previous variants while being “greener”. Both engines utilize start/stop technology, thermal management, and energy recuperation systems to reduce fuel consumption. The standard Carrera will feature a 3.4-liter flat-six that churns out 350 horsepower and can accelerate to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds with PDK while returning 34 mpg imp (Euro cycle). The Carrera S will boast a 3.8-liter flat-six with 400 ponies and 32 mpg imp. (Euro cycle) and is capable of accelerating to 60 mph in just 4.1 seconds with PDK and 3.9 with the optional Sport Plus package.

The standard transmission on both 911 models is a new seven-speed manual, something that will get every enthusiasts mouth watering. The state-of-the-art, lightning quick PDK seven-speed dual clutch transmission will be available as an option on both models and help return better fuel economy and acceleration than the manual transmission.

The same conservative design mindset that Porsche used on the exterior were carried over to the interior. The most drastic update is the center console. Traditionally, the center console has been low, almost at the knees of the driver and passenger. In the new 991 generation, Porsche has taken a page from their book of motorsports and raised the console so that the gear shifter is closer to the driver’s hands on the steering wheel. Towards the back of the console sit a number of buttons for functions such as the suspension settings. The usual three-gauge cluster with centrally-mounted tachometer faces the driver along with a new high-res multifunction screen.

The new 991 generation Porsche 911 Carrera and Carrera S models were unveiled at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Auto Show. Both models are currently available for ordering from U.S. dealerships. Prices for the Carrera begin at $ 82,100 for the manual and $ 86,180 for PDK, while the Carrera S will start at $ 96,400 for the manual and $ 100,480 for PDK.

2012 Porsche 911 Video:

 

2012 Porsche 911 Gallery:

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[Source: Porsche]

This article was contributed by our media partner Motoring Exposure. For more Porsche 991 related topics visit www.motoringexposure.com.

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Ferrari takes the top off the 458 with the new Spider Model

Drop top Italian performance.

The newest edition to the Ferrari lineup just took its top off down the streets of Maranello. The new Ferrari 458 Spider joins the ranks of the Italian super cars with innovative features, technology, and, of course, otherworldly performance. For the first time ever in a sports car in this segment, Ferrari has unveiled a new fully-retractable hard top.

Behind the cockpit sits the award-winning 4.5-liter V-8 engine producing 560 horsepower at screaming 9,000 RPM horsepower and 389 lb-ft. of torque at 6,000 RPM. All that power is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch paddle shift transmission and E-diff. To aid drivers, F1-Trac traction control and high performance ABS systems come standard. Customers can also choose to option their 458 Spider with forged wheels and racing seats for even better performance.

To say that the new Ferrari 458 Italia Spider is just a topless 458 is insensitive. Ferrari has reworked and redesigned many parts of the super car so that it provides the same thrilling drive that the Italian automaker is known for. Small aspects such as the accelerator pedal mapping, suspension damping, and the engine’s exhaust note have been tuned to create an exciting drive.

At first glance the Ferrari 458 Spider is truly a special convertible. Two buttresses protrude from the rear of the car and extend to the edge of the cockpit where air freely flows. Each buttress was designed to redirect cooling air into the engine intakes, clutch, and transmission oil radiators. But even more intriguing is the new patented Ferrari hard top. The innovative hard top reduces weight by 55 lbs. over a traditional folding soft top and deploys in just 14 seconds. Ferrari engineers developed a top that stows neatly inside a small space above the engine bay without affecting the overall aerodynamics and performance of the 458 Italia. The small storage area for the roof enabled designers to create a rear bench behind the two seats for luggage space. Another new innovation from Ferrari is the large adjustable wind stop. The wind stop slows the air moving inside the cockpit and allows for conversations at speeds up to 124 mph.

The new Ferrari 458 Italia Spider offers open top excitement and exhilarating Italian performance. Performance is not compromised with the top up or down and structural rigidity is not lost, making it one of the best open top sports cars available. Pricing and availability have not yet been released by the Italian automaker. The Ferrari 458 Italia Spider will make its official public debut at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider Specifications

Engine:
Type: 90-degree V-8
Displacement: 4.5 liters
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Maximum Horsepower: 560 (425 kW) at 9,000 RPM
Maximum Torque: 398 lb-ft. (540 Nm) at 6,000 RPM

Transmission:
Type: Seven-speed dual clutch F1 paddle shift
Drive: Rear-wheel

Performance:
Acceleration 0-62 mph: Less than 3.4 seconds
Top Speed: Over 198 mph

Tires:
Front: 235/35 ZR 20
Rear: 295/35 ZR 20

Ferrari 458 Italia Spider Gallery

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[Source: Ferrari]

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3 Piece Wheel Maintenance & Leak Detection

Maintenance

In every day street use, three-piece wheels will provide years of service and require no special maintenance other than standard tire care and valve core replacement at tire change intervals. If you use your wheels for competitions and racing, it is recommended that both 1-piece and 3-piece modular wheels undergo inspection at the end of each season. For monobloc wheels, a thorough cleaning and visual inspection for any signs of stress cracks or fatigue as well as runout checks would be sufficient. If the wheels have undergone any type of impact damage and remained intact, it is strongly recommended that they are x-ray tested or have their finish stripped and undergo a dye penetrant test. The former is the most preferred, but if your preparation for a new season involves refinishing the wheels, the latter may be more practical since the finish will be removed anyway.

Three piece modular wheels require the same periodic maintenance as described above for monobloc wheels. Additionally, since racing involves frequent tire mounting and dismounting, it is also advisable to disassemble, thoroughly inspect, clean, re-seal, and re-torque each wheel.

  • Whenever you disassemble the wheels, it is also necessary that you replace the bolt and nut, and make sure that they are correctly torqued.
  • Proper torque on an 8mm blind bolt is 15 ft/lbs, whereas through bolts with nuts are recommended at 28-30 ft/lbs.
  • Clean the surfaces where the wheel and tire meet with a proper cleaner then apply a skim coat of silicone sealant to the two surfaces, reassemble the wheel, mount, and secure the bolts to the proper torque specifications.
  • Replace the old valve stem with a new unit and install.
  • At the drop center area of the wheel apply a thick layer of silicone sealant and allow it to set and harden for at least 24 hours before the wheel is mounted.
 

Leak Detection

In the event you come across an issue where you’re losing air, below are some methods to further test where the leak is coming from.

  • Inflate the tire to 40 psi, even if it is above the recommended tire pressure.
  • Mix together soap and water then spray or pour it onto the wheel and tire.
  • Take a tire crayon and highlight where the bubbles form on the tire/wheel.
  • If the bubbles indicate a leak in the wheel or tire, you can reseal the wheel by using the maintenance procedure listed above.

The most popular cause for leaking wheels:

  • Damage to silicone during tire servicing. Being that 3 piece wheels can be a challenge to mount tires on, tire techs must use a tire spoon (in some cases two) in able to manipulate the tire onto the wheel. In the process of handling the tire, the tire spoons come into contact with the barrel of the wheel and if done without extra care, the spoons can come in contact with the silicone causing the silicone to lose its retention and later leak.
  • Use of liquid tire repair agent (fix-a-flat or other). In the unfortunate event of a flat tire, some will resort to a quick fix using a liquid tire repair. The harsh chemicals in these agents can cause two things that will later lead to leaks: 1. The silicone will be damaged with the harsh chemicals causing the wheels to later leak. 2. Some liquids are so harsh that they’ll eat the chrome from the barrels (if chromed) where the tire bead meets the barrel and cause air to escape.