Wheels of Glory
Ruote Borrani manufactured the ﬁrst Bimetal wheel for the Maserati 3500 GT Touring Superleggera in 1956, combining a light aluminium rim with a steel center-piece and classic design. More than 50 years later Borrani relaunched the Bimetal wheel with aluminium rim for the Maserati Quattroporte and GranTurismo with a striking, timeless & classic new design. They will become available soon on the international aftermarket in a limited edition in various color schemes. Every Borrani wheel is handbuilt in Italy by experienced craftsmen, to original specifications and to the highest quality standards.
Show me your wheels and I will tell you who you are
In numerous languages and countries, the term ‘re-inventing the wheel’ suggests a quite useless activity. But at Ruote Borrani, they dont’t agree –and have thus been very busy with doing just that. The products of Carlo Borrani always closely followed the developments in the automotive industry and, more precisely, in automotive competition since 1926. As alloy-rimmed, lightweight wire wheels, but also as innovative bimetal rims.
Borrani wheels were almost exclusively used as original equipment by reputed car makers as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari and Maserati. For the aftermarket, Borrani produced an incredible amount of different products resulting in more than 5000 different references in the meticulously kept Borrani archives. Modern design trends and advanced tyre technologies dictate always larger wheel diameters. In about ten years, the ‘standard’ for high segment cars grew from 17 to 19 and 20 inch. At these dimensions, the unsprung weight can become a critical factor. Reasons for the Borrani team to explore new ways in the spirit of the company’s unique heritage.
The new Bimetal range consists of a light but very resistant alloy rim obtained by metal spinning, combined with a forged aluminium wheels disc. The two components are radially joined together by specially-designed high quality screws. Further research includes even lighter materials in combination with advanced wheel design. A ﬁ rst limited production run includes an exclusive 19 inch design for the Maserati Quattroporte and Granturismo models in the sizes 8,5 and 10,5 inch, weight ca. 13 kg per wheel.