W enn car connoisseur of Füchsen , Baroque rims or manhole covers, they always mean a rim from the manufacturer Otto Fuchs. The company from Meinerzhagen forged the first undivided, non-welded and non-riveted wheel. It was the rim for the first Porsche 911. The wheel should be forged, not pressed. Porsche approached Otto Fuchs: the company has been pressing aluminum parts for the aerospace industry since the 1930s. Otto Fuchs has been supplying pressed brass parts to the automobile and motorcycle industry since the 1920s.
First forged wheel for the Porsche 911
However, the Fuchsfelge not only has fans who met in Meinerzhagen in 2019 but also a date of birth: the first sketch was made on February 13, 1965. The intricacies of the design will be discussed with Ferdinand Alexander Porsche and his team on May 4th using wooden models in Zuffenhausen. Heinrich Klie is considered to be the author of the final form.
Premiere at the IAA 1965
The 4.5 x x 15 inch wheel, mounted on a Porsche 911 Targa, premiered at the IAA 1965. The public reacted positively and Porsche ordered 5,000 bikes for the following year. Until 1989 the Fuchsfelge belonged to the 911 - and beyond that to Porsche: The 944 is on forged wheels from the brand and a modernized 19-inch version of the classic wheel is being created for the anniversary model “50 Years of 911”. To this day, Porsche drivers can buy the retro Fuchsfelge directly from the manufacturer - or have old wheels reconditioned.
Baroque rim: first large-scale forged wheel in 1972
What is common today was not so widespread in 1972: Even luxury cars should often come off the assembly line with steel wheels and hubcaps. The first light alloy forged wheel came in 1972 on the Mercedes S-Class of the W 116 series. The 15-inch baroque rim fits the “best car in the world” perfectly and also gives the one class smaller W 123 a sturdier look and more stable handling tuning the discreet way.
Sporty manhole covers in the 80s
Whether Audi Quattro, BMW M5 or Opel Kadett GTE: These three sporty cars drive around on Fuchs wheels. Fuchs also supplies the wheel for the first sporty factory Mercedes: The 15-hole wheels on the 190E 2.3-16 come from Meinerzhagen. Fans call the wheels 'manhole covers'. What is light and stable is particularly suitable for sporty cars: For example, the BMW E46 M3 and Porsche 911 Turbo 997, which drive up with slim bicolor wheels.
Lightweight construction from the 90s to today
But fuel-saving and lightweight heroes also roll on Fuchs wheels: The 7 x 16 inch large lightweight forged wheel for the first Audi A8 weighs just 6.1 kilograms. For the A2 3L, Fuchs builds a 14-inch wheel that weighs 4.4 kilograms. With their aluminum space frame, both cars demonstrate their ambition for lightweight construction. Today the 15-inch wheel for the Mini is the lightest wheel in the Fuchs range: It weighs 4.95Kilogram. The wheelset of the BMW i3 is not less than this weight, if only because of its sheer size: the 19-inch wheel weighs 8.2 to 8.67 kg, but still less than 10 kg.