Track Day Wheels: Who’s Running What?
Dirty Shoes

When we cover an event on Speedhunters, every now and then we like to focus on some of the micro aspects of a particular car style or genre. Sometimes it’s paint design or engine components, but most commonly we take a look at the wheels affixed to various cars.


Each sector of automotive culture has their own iconic wheel designs, and during last weekend’s Buttonwillow track event I decided to spend some time walking around the paddock seeing what types of wheels and tires are commonly found at a typical track day in 2015.


While we’ve done stories like this a few times before at car shows, it felt even more enjoyable doing it at a track day. Rather than being polished to the nth degree, these wheels were dirty and caked in brake dust, with form meeting function in the best of ways. So without further delay, let’s take a look at some of the coolest wheel and tire setups from Saturday’s Extreme Speed Track Events gathering…


18-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37 with Hankook Ventus RS-3 on a E46 BMW M3

Why not start with one of the most iconic motorsport wheels of all time, the RAYS Volk Racing TE37 – in this case mounted on a Laguna Seca Blue M3.


 17-inch Enkei RPF1 with Yokohama Advan Neova on an AP2 Honda S2000

Another wheel design which never seems to go out of style is Enkei’s RPF1, and they look right at home fitted to this Formula Red S2000.


 17-inch RAYS Volk Racing CE28N with Yokohama Advan Neova on an AP1 Honda S2000

The TE37 might be Volk Racing’s most recognizable design, but the classic 10-spoke look of the CE28N is not far behind.


15-inch 949 Racing 6UL with Federal 595 RS-R on a NA Mazda Miata

You’ll notice that the majority of the wheels in this story come from Japanese manufacturers, but California’s own 949 Racing has made quite a name for itself with its line of lightweight 6UL wheels.


17-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37RT with Hankook Ventus TD Z221 on a Scion FR-S

Here we have another set of TE37s, these ones being the RT model as easily identified by their Burning Red finish.


15-inch RAYS Gram Lights 57DR with Hanook Ventus R-S3 on a DC2 Acura Integra

While the majority of modern track cars are running 17-inch wheels at a minimum, it’s cool to see companies like RAYS continuing to support compact car enthusiasts with products like the 15-inch 57DR from its Gram Lights range.

Function Leads To Form

17-inch RAYS Volk Racing CE28N with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a Subaru Impreza STI

Purple or blue? Whatever it is, these CE28Ns look all business on this STI with a nice contrast against its gold Brembo brake calipers.


17-inch WedsSport TC105N with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a Scion FR-S

Not to be overlooked is WedsSport, whose wheels could be found fitted to a number of the cars at the track on Saturday, including this FR-S.


17-inch RAYS Gram Lights 57 Xtreme with Nitto NT01 on a Subaru Impreza STI

Another selection from RAYS’ Gram Lights catalog, this one a set of 57 Xtremes fitted to a Subaru STI.


18-inch Enkei RC-T4 with Yokohama Advan on a Scion FR-S

The Enkei RC-T4 is not a wheel you see often because Enkei USA doesn’t offer it stateside. It’s kind of a shame, because it’s a cool, unique-looking wheel as demonstrated on Cusco’s FR-S demo car.


18-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37SL with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a E46 BMW M3

The TE37 strikes again, this time in SL form on another E46 M3.


17-inch RAYS Volk Racing CE28RT Black Edition with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on an AP1 Honda S2000

With so many variations of Volk Racing wheels on the market these days, it can actually be tough to keep track of them all. Here’s a set of CE28RT Black Editions on an S2000.


18-inch TWS Motorsport T66-F with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a Subaru WRX

TWS is a company that’s not very well known in the US yet, but the Japanese brand has taken its home country by storm. Here’s a set of forged T66-Fs on a ’15 WRX.


15-inch Jongbloed Racing Wheel with Maxxis Victra RC-1 on a BMW E30

Jongbloed Racing wheels might be designed specifically for race use, but that doesn’t mean they don’t look good. These 15s look postiviely mean poking out beneath the fenders of an E30 BMW.


18-inch Enkei RS05RR with Yokohama Advan Neova on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution X

Here’s a set of Enkei RS05RRS looking their best with a concave face on an Evo X.


18-inch Advan Racing RSII with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a Subaru Impreza STI

Yokohama’s Advan brand might be known foremost for high performance tires, but we all know that their wheels are equally impressive.

Rolling Attack

17-inch RAYS Volk Racing CE28N with Yokohama Advan Neova on an AP2 Honda S2000

Ah yes, Takata Green CE28Ns – the wheels that make images of JGTC cars run through your head.


17-inch Desmond Regamaster Evo with Nitto NT01 on a FC3s Mazda RX-7

Want a period look for your ’80s/’90s Japanese sports car? Look no further than a set of Regamaster Evos, as modeled on this FC3S.


18-inch CCW Classic with Nitto NT05 on a Chevrolet Camaro SS

American-made forged wheels on a V8-powered pony car. Not a bad combination.


15-inch 949 Racing 6UL with Maxxis Victra RC-1 on a NA Mazda Miata

Here we have another set of 949 Racing 6ULs, this time on a race-prepped Miata with Maxxis competition tires.


17-inch Enkei RPF1 with Nitto NT01 on an AP2 Honda S2000

Brake dust or not, these gold-finished RPF1s look choice on a Laguna Blue S2000.


15-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37SL with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a DC2 Acura Integra

A red car with blue wheels might not sound like an aesthetically pleasing combo, but in practice it works quite well. Extra points for the Spoon brakes on this Integra.


17-inch Enkei PF01 Evo with Nitto NT01 on a Scion FR-S

A white car with white wheels always looks cool, as demonstrated on this Enkei-equipped FR-S.


17-inch Kosei K1/Buddy Club P1 with Achilles 123S on an Eagle Talon TSi

I’ve always liked these Kosei/Buddy Club wheels as they show that you can get quality wheels on a budget without having to go the knock-off route.


17-inch WedsSport TC105N with Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 on a Scion FR-S

Dust and dirt is just part of the Buttonwillow experience, as these WedsSports and Bridgestones show.


18-inch Enkei NT-03+M with Hankook Ventus on a Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution

Another one of Enkei’s iconic wheel designs, and one that you don’t see so often anymore – the NT-03+M.


17-inch RAYS Volk Racing TE37SL with Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 on a NC Mazda MX-5

We started with TE37s, so why not finish with them as well? Here’s a well used set of TE37SLs mounted on Jonathan Bartolome’s NC.

That will do it from Buttonwillow – I hope you guys enjoyed this episode of wheelspotting, and maybe it will serve as inspiration for your own build. After all, nothing makes or breaks a car like a set of wheels… If you had to pick just one set from all the rollers featured in this post, which would it be?

Mike Garrett
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Great to see a different kind of feature, and always good to see different colour wheel, tyre and nut combinations for inspiration!  More stuff like this please :)


OZ?! BBS?!


AdamBezzegh on a track day? no.


CharlesChris15 AdamBezzegh No? I always assumed they were track wheels that people put on show cars. hmm


te37, te37 everywhere! One of the best looking wheels, and it just fits to ANY car imaginable, yet the most awesome wheels you can get are the enkei tarmac evo


Someone link me to the very first Speedhunters post please. I think I found it, but there's no real way of knowing.

Mods! Link me up. I want to start reading from the very start. How do I view all articles?


Volk Challange F-Zero's 18x9 mounted on RX8


yawn......your just phoning it in now?


maxvr6 wheels? freaking boring post. No more please.


I love those Desmond rims been trying find something that goes well with a blue Scion tC


This post looks like my garage in Forza 4, RPF1 and TE37 everywhere


I can get behind a wheelspotting post but two suggestions. Maybe show the whole car. And maybe don't show 8 sets of the same wheel.

There was like zero variety. One three piece wheel? Zero German wheels?


johnbezt CharlesChris15 AdamBezzegh I don't understand why you don't think OZ or BBS wheels are suitable for a track day :S

turbo BEAMS ae86

milkplus this is track event, not VW stance show


Almost went with the 949Racing 6ULS for my '90 Miata, but decided to go with the new 15x8 Jongbloed Aero 500s designed specifically for Miatas. A hell of a lot better than the 15x5.5" Mini Cooper 8-hole wheels I bought it with.


what about BBS?


CharlesChris15 AdamBezzegh both BBS and OZ are main suppliers of high end motorsport wheel from rally to pretty much every F1 racing why exactly not? Or did someone at the local Mcdonald meet tell you they're only for vdubs?


RobbertMes the OZ wheels, especially the Superleggera and the Ultraleggera are light and pretty durable.. Well not cheap, but the TE37's aren't cheap either.
Same goes for BBS, pretty much indestructible wheels.


AdamBezzegh RobbertMes I know...hence the question to johnbezt ;)


cutterjones13 believe it or not, a lot of people who frequent this site are into motorsports, functional wheel/tire fitment, and paying attention to things that may not be important to you, like caliper clearance.  Those people will very much appreciate posts like these.  Get out of here with your yawning and your negativity.  If this bores you, do us all a favor and look for a new hobby.


Good to see no knockoffs where featured in this..#fuckfakeparts


But where are the Forgiatos? On a serious note, I felt like I saw the same 4 wheels over and over again. Good idea for a feature, but didn't really work this time around imo.

robert armantrout

Still love the track wheel look, it never gets old! I run RPF1 on my JCW Mini and still contemplating what to run on my Abarth...this thread gave me a lot to think about!

robert armantrout

Tough to find rubber for the Mini wheels, but they are super light


mnchk1987 Leave em on the slammed GTI's


Gotta love some good track wheel porn!


13x8 +20 Traklite Launch with 205/60/13 Toyo RA1


There's not really much of a track day scene where I live (probably due to no tracks...), so it's nice to see what kind of equipment people at the grassroots level are using. Thanks for the great post!!


robert armantrout  Yeah, just not a fan of the styling, and they are pretty narrow. I'm going with 205/50R15 ADVAN Neova AD08 Rs on my new wheels.


milkplus  Not like they could control what was there at the track. This article was to spotlight what people actually are using/


RobbertMes AdamBezzegh didnt want to answer to everyone =)


I've been meaning to start taking trips to Sebring. This article makes me want to get some HRE FF15's and some Hankook RS3s for the Stang too.


NicholasDixon milkplus Trust me, I realize that. I'm just saying wheelspotting at a california HPDE might not be "feature worthy." 10 guys brought out some TE37s and CE28s on budget 200 treadwear tires... not very exciting.


cutterjones13 maxvr6 Feel free to dig through the kilometer-high pile of stanced show cars and leave the real deal for the SPEEDhunters.


Twitch_6 I suggest taking a look at SCCS Autocross. It's more than likely that you'll find an event within 2 hours from where you live. It's the cheapest form of racing around, but it is insanely fun.


I want RC-T4's now. It looks at home on the FR-S and I imagine the same on evo's and STI's. Are they japan market only wheels?


"17-inch RAYS Volk Racing CE28N with Hankook Ventus R-S3 on a Subaru Impreza STI
Purple or blue? Whatever it is, these CE28Ns look all business on this STI with a nice contrast against its gold Brembo brake calipers."

Word on the the streets is those are Rotas....daaaaaaamn #RealKnockOffs

keyboard warrior

no surprise, its an Enjuku car


So true I love paying attention to these smaller details and stuff on track cars


center lock wheels all the way on full slicks


therealnecroscope cutterjones13 maxvr6  LOL......still a boring thread!


Wheel suggestions on mine? I have an E30, they must be 16x7.5 or x8. Offset of +18 to +23.
What get?
Can't fit BBS RS as the bolts will hit the brake calipers

turbo BEAMS ae86

Mimzy33 mnchk1987 Wuahahah


Running the 6UL 15x8 , Yokohama ADVAN Neova AD08 205-50-WR15 on my '98 Sentra Track car ...


@turbo BEAMS ae86 Mimzy33 mnchk1987 HAHAHAHAAHAH


MikeDonnelly : D


GerBrock Cool car!


Twitch_6 Glad you liked it.


MikeDonnelly Small wheels and thick tires. I like.


KylePearson Thank you!


crispykrem3 Well, the idea was to show some of the most common wheels, thus multiple examples of the same wheel :)


mnchk1987 I actually don't recall seeing any.


milkplus NicholasDixon Hmm. I guess I could have shown the cars running OE wheels? Plenty of those. But yeah the idea was to show the most commonly used wheels, and this is what was there.


cutterjones13 Ring ring.


AdamBezzegh RobbertMes Lots of OZ and BBS on full race cars, but you actually don't see many on private street cars at events like this.


I've got Compomotive TH1580's with toyo r888's, though they don't last long they do the job.


NicholasDixon I run the 15x8 Kosei K4R wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE-11A's 205/50/15 and it's awesome.


Behold the Wheels of my City Turbo's.. 15" Racing Harts, Recently bought 14" AC Courreges, - to be repainted/restored - & my finally finished 13" Linea Sports, customized with centre caps & 'Cinnamon Speed' decals, my daughter's name :)


Yep i love the meaty tire look. Plus added bonus is R Comp tires are cheaper in smaller sizes


Mike Garrett cutterjones13 LOL! Speedhunter is a great site, but i'm just trying to keep you motivated to keep the level high. More  like creative criticism, not hate.

Richard Hawley

So wheels made I'm Germany are for stance only? That's funny, considering german wheels are probably more famous for their checkered flag pedigree. I guess le man campaigned cars are nothing short of a vw stance show. U0001f44f


Great thread, thanks!

turbo BEAMS ae86

@Richard Hawley hey, u see more german wheel in ur events, good for you...sure i dont..mainly japan wheel brand and rota


SUPERLEGGERA !! ;) .. and crappy federal ... haha

Gianluca FairladyZ

Got TE37SL on my Z! Perfect fit, Love them!


No ones running a set of Enkei RP01, Advan RZ or Work Emotion?


My racecar with OEM CLK320 lightweights and Dunlop Direzza ZIIs


15x8 +35 PF01 and 225/45r15 Toyo R1Rs


Regamaster rims = yummy!


Now this is a great thread Mike Garret, awesome work!


MichaelNicholls Digging the Tamiya rattlecan with the Linea! lol


6UL on my uk mazda, Thanks to the guys at MOT Motorsport.


@jmcn R MichaelNicholls  Gotta have Tamiya branding with Honda City's :) I used the polycarb to do the KUMHO letters, just cos that's what I had in the shed, but it doesn't hold up - don't recommend.


This may as well have been called TE37's at a track day, plus some other wheels


Interesting how most of the cars over there are running legit Enkei or Volk wheels. Over here (UK) you get a ton of knock offs, but also I'd expect a lot more OZ racing wheels too. Wheels like the Ultraleggera/superleggera  and Allegerita would be pretty popular.


Most trackday cars I know run expensive tires on cheap or knock-off wheels, lol.


Not getting this story, there's no bones without a bit of brand spread or do Rays give out free rims at the gate?


Check out these hot pink RP-F1s on instagram:


That’s amazing!! No doubts wheels have become style statement for car enthusiasts and people are paying equivalent importance to their looks as well. We can say the scenario has changed, as most of the car owners wishes to make their car exceptional in look for which they affix distinctive wheels (i.e. into the cars. All the wheels showcased in this article are really outstanding and rarely perceived.


wonder were he got those pfo1 evos in frs sizing. with adapters they would poke way too much for the sizes on the site


No Forgelines or BBS? Sad.


JeanPaulFondeurGil should be the other way around lol.