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The Wheels to Win!!

Having raced my first season for MWS International in 2006 what better way to illustrate the durability and reliability of their wire wheels but to report on how they fared under race conditions.

The wheels shown in the attached picture have completed 14 races on some of the toughest circuits in the UK and Europe; from long circuits such as Spa to shorter circuits such as Silverstone National with Copse Corner and Luffield or Mallory Park which has one of the longest and fastest right-hand bends in the UK – Gerrards. These short circuits can be tougher on the car than the long ones with many corners, where you’re hard on the brakes and then rapidly accelerating, for lap after lap.  The stresses and strains on the wheels are considerable, especially when fitted to a very heavy 1957 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe weighing 1,360 kg.

Dan, the MWS Workshop Manager, tested all 72 spokes of each wheel and after the 14 races found just two spokes across all the wheels that needed a little "tweak" to tighten them up fractionally.

This is certainly testimony to the quality of manufacture of the end product. The MWS wheel I’m using is their XW474C/3 - 6" x 15", 72 spoke, flat-hub chrome competition wire wheel.  I personally chose the Flat Easy-Clean Hubs for obvious reasons, as the wheels need to be absolutely pristine for each race but if you refer to their excellent Fitment Guide you will see that MWS supply a range of sizes and styles to suit the XK150.  MWS list this wheel in their Online Catalogue for the Aston Martin DB6 Mk II; DBS; and Volante but it is a recognized option for the Jaguar XK150 and fits beautifully.  They are tubeless for normal road-going usage but I use tubes for racing due to the punishment the wheels are subjected to under race conditions.

Note: I have made reference to the number of ‘tooth brushes’ I get through in a season in another article. But why have chrome wire wheels unless they are going to show off the rest of the car!

John

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