New wheel technology could makes its way to the streets

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LOS ANGELES, CA — A newly developed Teflon coated wheel may offer a glimpse into the future of truck wheels.

Los Angeles-based American Racing Equipment, in cooperation with DuPont, is launching the Teflon coated wheel line for Jeeps, trucks and SUVs next spring, and it’s possible that the trend may continue to include heavy-duty trucks as well.

The company claims that the non-stick coating protects the wheels from moisture, corrosion, friction and weathering and helps drivers clean the wheel of road film, brake dust and other corrosive materials.

“To the consumer, a Teflon wheel could mean the difference between a caustic cleaner and a burst of the hose,” Steve Kelley, director of sales and marketing tells local media.

The wheel will undergo testing in a racing atmosphere where designers will examine its ability to reduce brake dust build-up and tire shred before it hits the market.

But designers are confident the new technology will pave the way for the future of wheels.

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