Yorkshire’s EB Motorsport has unveiled its latest product: a perfect reproduction of the hard-to-find 5.5 x 15-inch Fuchs alloy wheel, now mandatory on all 2-litre 911s seeking an FIA Historic Technical Passport under Appendix K regulations.
These iPhone photos show the wheels painted to sample for a customer’s 2-litre 1965 911 race car, but they are available from EB Motorsport in a range of finishes. Manufactured to the same high standards as EB’s existing Fuchs reproductions in 9-inch and 11-inch x 15, and the well-known EB Deep 6 and 7R Fuchs rims, the front is CNC machined from billet aluminium, with the barrel laser welded for optimum strength and accuracy.
EB’s Fuchs recreations are never the cheapest but, with SWB Porsche 911 race cars built to FIA Appendix K regulations now changing hands for as much as £200k in some cases, the cost of £900 per wheel for such a high quality product is perhaps not that shocking.
“Our manufacturing process uses the highest quality materials and requires expensive machinery to carry out the machining and laser welding operations,” says EB’s Mark Bates. “The advantage of this investment is a strong wheel that has much a higher reliability than cheap cast wheels, which can fracture and fail. I would much rather have an EB wheel under me when at full throttle down the Kemmel Straight at Spa.”
EB Motorsport 5.5 x 15-inch Fuchs
Unlike the original Fuchs wheels, the EB Motorsport 5.5-inch Fuchs are ready to accept modern tyres and valves, with machined tyre beads and properly machined holes for modern valves. They are also a perfect fit for the collapsible spare tyres on air-cooled Porsche 911s: I have a 5.5 x 15″ Fuchs wheel on the spare tyre for my 1976 Carrera 3.0. and it fits perfectly under the bonnet.
“Before we recreated these rare 5.5 x 15-inch Fuchs wheels, we were running inner tubes on fifty year-old wheels with who-knows-what history,” says Bates. “From a driver’s point of view, the stress factor is much reduced in using these wheels versus the originals.”