Well our 1:8th Carbon Recessed Disk rims are now in and ready to ship to racers. I will tell you now these rims and tires are beautiful.
These Carbon rims make the tires about 10% lighter than our Pro Hard lightweight plastic rims. Obviously the Carbon Disk rims are just as strong or I guess they should be even stronger than our Pro Lightweight rims. Isn't this wonderful!!!
Now you can go head on into the boards at 60mph and guess what
Your rims and tires are in good shape!!!
Okay the car itself ...
well not so much!
However with the summer months approaching and the blacktop tracks getting very hot, Carbon Dish Rims will be the answer for some racers. But lets see all aspects of Carbon Rims. You also must know when to use the Carbon Rims and your Plastic Rims. Especially the GQ "Soft" Carbon Dish rims and our "Soft" Plastic Technology rims.
Carbon rims will make the tire rims stiffer. This will aid with faster turn in and better middle of the corner speeds. Also it will keep the tire rims round so heat will not effect the shape of the rim. These aids will be more apparent if you were using other brands of tires that don't have the high quality and costly plastic materials that are found in GQ Pro White Hard and Soft Rims. Now if the track you race on is bumpy or has loose grip, you will not find the Carbon Rims an advantage. Actually they will be a disadvantage in these conditions. Possibly GQ Carbon Soft Rims or GQ Pro Plastic Soft rims will give you better performance and better lap times under these conditions.
So when should you use Carbon Rims instead of Pro Hard Plastic Rims? My first answer is if you want cool black rims on your car rather than white rims!!!
I run a white/Black/GQ Pink colored body and these black Carbon Dish Rims are awesome looking with this body!!
But more to the point I would say if the track is smooth and has good to excellent traction the Carbon Dish rims are excellent. To the other side, if you like the feel of the slight flex a plastic rim has, then the GQ Pro Hard Rims should be your choice. Many cars are set to have some body flex for a desired turning ability. Tires should work with the car not against the car.
One of the world class drivers at the recent World Championships was asked by Barry Baker if he was using the Carbon Fiber rims. He said no they went back to the plastic rims because the carbon rims created a push in his car. This is what I said above. You must have good to excellent traction track for the Carbon Rims to be an advantage to you. Also you car and car setup should be matched with tires that will work with the car. GQ is also combining their "Soft Rim" technology with the Carbon Dish Rims. So tracks with good traction that are bumpy, GQ Carbon Black Dish Soft Rims could be used to the racers advantage over "all" other tire brands.
BTW: Reading a couple of other tire threads I noted a couple of errors. One company claimed they make (they don't make anything by the way, they purchase from someone) the hardest rims in the world. BUZZZZZZ WRONG! I will match GQ Rims against any rim in the world. The second thing someone claims they were faster with a carbon rim. Don't purchase Carbon Rims and think you will be automatically faster. Don't listen to the average racer making claims that are false. Based on track conditions, temperatures, the quality of the plastic rims of the brand you are using to make the comparison, yeah maybe the Carbon rim will make you a bit faster. But if you use the carbon rim on a bumpy low grip track you will not be faster. Even with good to excellent traction on a smooth surface you may not be faster if your car and setup responds better to a plastic wheel that will give a slight flex at the right time. Know your car, your setup, and your track, and then make the right choice for you! GQ Racing Tires has all the choices. No other company in the world has more choices (all shores plus Hard and Soft Rims) for you than GQ Racing Tires. GQ gives you that little extra tuning ability to make you and your car perform better. And that is a fact!!!