Monday, December 10, 2012

eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels featured on Celebrity Balla

Click on the link to an eVOLVE hybrid wheel article featured on CelebrityBalla.   The article is featured on the home page of this cutting edge celebrity news and information website...another example where eVOLVE hybrid wheels are changing the landscape...

http://www.celebrityballa.com/2012/12/ford-focus/highway-gain-lacks-hybrid-ford-evolve-efficiency-shows-mpg-focus-fuel-11-t

Friday, December 7, 2012

John McElroy talks about the new eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels on Autoline

Check out this video story about eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels on Autoline.tv with John McElroy. Video and transcript are included in this link. The news about the new eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels occurs at the 4 minute mark of the video.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels on Mlive.com

Check out this article about on new eVOLVE Hybrid Wheel by Jim Harger from Automotive News at MLive.com!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Green Car Congress writes about the new eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels

New Lacks eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology shows
1.1 mpg highway gain in fuel efficiency on Ford Focus

3 December 2012

This article can also be read at GreenCarCongress.com.
Design of the eVOLVE wheel. Click to enlarge.

Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC, a business unit of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., a global supplier of trim systems to the automotive industry, introduced its new patented eVOLVE hybrid composite wheel technology, based on Lacks’ Chromtec wheel technology, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Hybrid-composite eVOLVE wheels developed for the Ford Focus as an initial proof of design showed a fuel economy improvement of 1.1 miles per gallon highway by balancing weight reduction and optimizing aerodynamics. As a comparison, the Focus production wheel BM5J-1007-DB (17x7x50) weighs 23.7 lbs (10.75 kg); the eVOLVE wheel (17x7x50) weighs 19.2 lbs (8.7 kg). Use of the eVOLVE wheels showed a 0.4 mpg improvement on the city cycle.

Fuel economy testing was per EPA’s “Vehicle Specific 5-cycle Fuel Economy and Carbon-Related Exhaust Emissions Calculations” (CFR 600.114-12). Lacks engineers believe there is further room for optimization of fuel economy through design and materials.
Lacks’ eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology features a novel construction consisting of:
  1. A high-performance structural backbone using I-spokes that is optimized for handling, weight, stiffness and safety. (The wheels for the Focus use structural cast aluminum, primarily as a way to keep costs low; other materials are possible, Lacks says.)
  2. A lightweight, hybrid-composite design surface that is created to optimize aerodynamics. In testing, the Lacks engineers found using just the structural backbone wheel—even though it is lighter (17.4 lbs/7.89 kg)—did not improve fuel economy as much as the heavier hybrid wheel, because of the aerodynamic improvements offered by the design surface. (Video of wind-tunnel testing here.)
  3. The space between the design surface and the aluminum backbone structure is foam-filled. Lacks’ proprietary manufacturing process combines all the materials to create an strong and durable, yet lightweight, metal composite wheel.
In the design phase, Lacks took its wheels into wind tunnels in which they could rotate the tires to tune the aerodynamics—the requirements of which are based not just on the flow of air across the out surface of the wheel, but also on the air pulled from beneath the car through the openings in the rotating wheel to the outside. The use of the eVOLVE wheel improved vehicle aerodynamic Cd 9 counts.
Lacks is targeting the wheel technology at automakers; benefits of the Lacks eVOLVE wheels include:
  • Separation of design from the technical restraints of the wheel backbone;
  • Lower weight allowing increased vehicle content, large wheel diameters, or improved fuel economy.
  • Enhanced vehicle trim levels with design, finishes and increased fuel economy.

The Lacks eVOLVE wheel technology provides a direct answer to helping automakers meet increasingly stringent federal fuel efficiency standards.
—James Ardern, Dir. of Business Development
Lacks Wheel Trim Systems


Lacks Enterprises, Inc. was formed in 1961. The company now is a global diversified operation providing complete turnkey trim solutions leveraging the company’s experience in thermoplastic design, injection molding, plating, painting, assembly, logistics and supply chain management. Lacks also provides global export and distribution capabilities.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

eVOLVE Hybrid Wheels on MI Tech News

The article below was reprinted from MITechNews.com:

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Lacks eVOLVE Hybrid Wheel Technology Gains 1.1 MPG Highway In Fuel Efficiency SOUTHFIELD - Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC, a business unit of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., has introduced its patented eVOLVE hybrid composite wheel technology that provides a fuel economy improvement of 1.1 miles per gallon highway by balancing weight reduction and optimizing aerodynamics.

The world debut announcement was made at the LA Auto Show.

Lacks’ new eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology features a unique construction consisting of:
  1. A high-performance structural backbone that is optimized for handling, weight, stiffness and safety
  2. A lightweight, hybrid-composite design surface that is created to optimize aerodynamics and look great with one of the many proven metal finishes unique to Lacks.
  3. Lacks’ proprietary manufacturing process seamlessly combines all materials to create an extraordinarily strong, yet lightweight, metal composite wheel, culminating in new levels of fuel efficiency and design flexibility.
Unique benefits of the Lacks eVOLVE hybrid wheel technology include:
  • Allows design to separate from the technical restraints of the wheel backbone
  • Highly engineered composite construction
  • Lower weight that allows increased vehicle content
  • A larger wheel diameter due to its lower weight
  • An unparalleled range of premium finishes
  • Spinelle and Selective Spinelle metal finish options
  • Increased revenue generation as either a standard or optional feature
  • Enhances vehicle trim levels with great design, finishes and now increased mpg’s.

Author: Staff Writer
Source: MITechNews.com

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Introducing eVOLVE™ Hybrid Wheel Technology

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Southfield, Mich.

Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC, a business unit of Lacks Enterprises, Inc., today introduced its all-new patented eVOLVE™ Hybrid Composite Wheel technology. Based on Lacks’ successful Chromtec® wheel technology, eVOLVE™ wheels are an attractive, highly engineered hybrid-composite wheel that enable a fuel economy improvement of 1.1 miles per gallon highway by balancing weight reduction and optimizing aerodynamics*. The world debut announcement was made at the LA Auto Show.

Lacks’ new eVOLVE™ Hybrid Wheel technology features a unique construction consisting of:
  1. A high-performance structural backbone that is optimized for handling, weight, stiffness and safety.
  2. A lightweight, hybrid-composite design surface that is created to optimize aerodynamics and look great with one of the many proven metal finishes unique to Lacks.
  3. Lacks’ proprietary manufacturing process seamlessly combines all materials to create an extraordinarily strong, yet lightweight, metal composite wheel, culminating in new levels of fuel efficiency and design flexibility.

“The Lacks eVOLVE™ Hybrid Wheel technology provides a direct answer to helping automakers meet increasingly stringent federal fuel efficiency standards,” said James Ardern, Dir. of Business Development, Lacks Wheel Trim Systems. Unique benefits of the eVOLVE™ Hybrid Wheel technology include:

  • Allows design to separate from the technical restraints of the wheel backbone
  • Highly engineered composite construction
  • Lower weight that allows increased vehicle content
  • A larger wheel diameter due to its lower weight
  • An unparalleled range of premium finishes
  • Spinelle™ and Selective Spinelle™ metal finish options
  • Increased revenue generation as either a standard or optional feature
  • Enhances vehicle trim levels with great design, finishes and now increased MPG’s
    Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC, a distinct business unit of Lacks Enterprises Inc., is a full-service supplier of automotive wheel components and systems. Our Metalltec™ and Chromtec® wheels, Spinelle™ and Selective-Spinelle™ brands offer our customers industry firsts in wheel design and finish flexibility. Our performance and capabilities have earned us loyal, long-term relationships with such global partners as Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, General Motors and VW.

    Since 1961, Lacks Enterprises Inc., has grown to become a diversified operation that provides complete turnkey solutions that rely on decades of experience in thermoplastic design, injection molding, plating, painting, assembly, logistics and supply chain management, as well as global export and distribution capabilities. Lacks Enterprises Inc. is A Technology Leader Worldwide.


    *Actual mileage and results will vary
    ** eVOLVE™ Hybrid Wheels achieved a 0.4 mpg city / 1.1 mpg highway, vehicle improvement on a Ford Focus SE Hatchback via 5 cycle average EPA test protocol by a third party


    *Actual mileage and results will vary, eVOLVE™ hybrid wheels achieved a 0.4 mpg city / 1.1 mpg highway, vehicle improvement on a Ford Focus SE Hatchback via 5 cycle average EPA test protocol by a third party.

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