VOLUTION® ALLOY WHEELS
A proprietary wheel design is the visiting card of every exclusive car tuner. HEICO SPORTIV presented its first own light alloy wheel – the VOLUTION® Classic – back in 1999.
VOLUTION® is a globally protected name for all HEICO SPORTIV designer wheels. The various VOLUTION® wheels are distinguished with the series designation V. (Roman “5”) for the five-spoke design, VII. (Roman “Seven”) for the seven-spoke design, and X. (Roman “10”) for the filigree ten-spoke version.
The challenge in developing a VOLUTION® light alloy wheel lies not only in creating an optically attractive rim design, but also in developing a wheel with minimum weight and maximum stability. Ultimately, the aim is to minimize the revolving mass, and thereby improve the Volvo’s driving dynamics.
With the program’s numerous combinations of dimensions and colors, customers are truly spoilt for choice; but they can nevertheless always rely on one thing: that each application is always perfectly tailored to the model concerned.
Often, reputable manufacturers’ wheel rims are plagiarized in Asia and sold at a fraction of the original price. On closer inspection, however, these reproductions often reveal serious defects such as in the quality of the materials used. HEICO SPORTIV’s light alloy wheels for all models up to and including the Volvo XC90 heavyweight are certified for strength and come with an expert appraisal under §19 of the German Vehicle Registration Act (StVZO) or a General Operating Permit (ABE) for hassle-free entry in the vehicle documents – only then can light alloy wheels be legally used.
Another condition for legal use is that all dimensions – such as the wheel diameter, rolling circumference, rim flange distance and rim offset – fulfill the latest EC wheel guidelines and are successfully certified by an independent technical assessor such as TÜV.
At the beginning, however, all we have is a blank sheet of paper. After the protracted design process is complete and the strength and dimension parameters have been specified, the carefully calculated tools and molds are produced for the final wheel rim. The first wheel rim prototypes output by these casting tools undergo a series of grueling physical tests which, while not required in all markets, are still performed to fulfill our high quality aspirations