INDIANAPOLIS (May 28, 2014) -- After a more than a season’s worth of extensive planning discussions, design and production, the ground-breaking MR630 Motegi Racing Technomesh™ forged aluminum alloy wheel is mounted on the 2015 Dallara IL-15 on display at Indianapolis Motor Speedway today.
The car will make its debut in the 2015 Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires series, and every car will be equipped with the new spec MR630 Motegi Racing wheel.
“This is a milestone day for Motegi Racing,” says Jody Groce, President of Wheel Pros LLC, parent company for Motegi Racing and several other premium wheel brands. “A lot of long hours and hard work has gone into the development of this wheel, which is built to specs for the IndyLights Presented by Cooper Tires series. We can’t wait for testing to begin.”
Cooper Tires will be mounted on every car as well and Cooper Tires engineers were actively involved in the design and development of the MR630 wheel. Dallara was also heavily involved in the cooperative process. The IndyLights wheel represents an internationally coordinated supply chain which originated in the USA as dedicated-use forged material, and continued to Italy for precision milling and finishing.
The Aluminum Forged Alloy wheel has a mono-block, six spoke design and was fully machined with techno pockets in critical areas to reduce weight and improve balance without sacrificing stiffness, safety and performance.
“The goal was to produce a wheel at a lower cost to save the teams money, but without compromising any of the performance requirements and to extend the life of the wheels,” Groce says.
According to Luigi Lucaora, the Italian lead engineer for Motegi Racing, the MR630 is designed to last for several seasons, another cost savings for the IndyLights teams.
“The target is to have the same wheel for an extended period of time,” Lucaora says. “And that is different than if I say I only need the wheel for one season. The MR630 is designed with strength to deliver performance for many seasons. ”
MR630 Motegi Racing Technomesh™ Specs
Front Wheels Dimensions – 15 x 10 inches
Front Wheels Weight –7 KG (15.43 pounds)
Rear Wheels Dimensions – 15 x 14 inches
Rear Wheels Weight – 8 KG (16.64 pounds)
Materials -- Aluminum Forged Alloy six spoke, mono-block, fully machined with techno pockets in critical areas to reduce weight and improve balance without sacrificing stiffness, safety and performance.