Wheel Gallery Inc., the country’s foremost wheel authority for off-road wheels and tires, announced its partnership with Method Race Wheels as the official distributor in the Philippines in a virtual press conference yesterday.
Method Race Wheels designs and develops high performance wheels and accessories for race and street applications for off-roaders. They are known to have some of the best quality and high performance wheels in the market specializing in the use of various methods of forging and casting. Its proving grounds include some of the most grueling and punishing races in the motorsports world.
Among these are seven wins in the Baja 1000 (2012-2013, 2016-2020), Dakar Rally wins in 2019 and 2020, National Championships and King of Hammer wins for the Off-road Ultra 4 category, and 7 consecutive wins from 2013 to 2019 American Rally Association series championships. Thanks to its innovative and practical features of the wheels, like its recently patented Bead Grip Technology that holds the tires securely in place while the tires are being aired down to lower tire pressure for additional traction required in winning and conquering challenging landscapes and natural obstacles.
Its Method Race Wheels with Bead Grip have been race-tested to hold tires securely in place with as little as 10 psi pressure even without the use of a mechanical beadlock ring, which is considered a first in automotive wheel engineering. The Bead Grip’s reduced weight over a traditional beadlock wheel allows for less strain on vehicle drivetrain while simultaneously allows the vehicle to have more available horsepower to the driver needed to overcome all kinds of challenges. The Bead Grip is also safe for on-road vehicles, which is a practical feature and a departure from traditional beadlock wheels which are meant for off-road use only and requires regular maintenance.
“Wheel Gallery has proven to be an automotive aftermarket leader in the Philippines and we are excited to partner with a well-known and established brand to bring our industry-leading products to market. Our commitment to customer experience, product quality and persistent innovation will be represented well through our new partner,” says Matt Harris, Global Sales Director for Method Race Wheels. “We also look forward to visiting the Philippines soon to explore trails with the off-road community,” he adds.
Toyota Gazoo Racing Dakar Rally team uses Method Race Wheels
At the press conference, Wheel Gallery announced that the Philippines will be the first country outside the US and the first distributor to have the MR107 Bead Grip wheel available to the public. What’s special with this model is that this is the same wheel used on the Toyota’s Gazoo Racing Hilux in the Dakar Rally. The wheel is the result of Method’s years of off-road racing experience and technological expertise to be able to withstand the harshest conditions with a load rating of up to 4,000 lbs.
Ramon Toong, the Events Director of the National Association of Filipino Off-Roaders (NAsFOR), quickly threw in his support for the entry of Method Race Wheels for the NAsFOR-sanctioned races that takes place in various parts of the country. NAsFOR is the force behind in advocating and promoting the 4×4 motorsports. It acts as an umbrella organization for 4Wheeling and Off-Road clubs all over the country to develop the sport for local and international competitions.
The good news to the local off-roading community is that Method Race Wheels is now available at Concept One Wheels located at 318 Santolan Road, San Juan and their authorized dealers. For more information check out online and on social media @methodracewheels and www.methodracewheels.com
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