The Porsche Fuchsfelgen was first developed in the early 1960’s and made its public debut on the 1966 Porsche 911S.
For this particular car, Porsche needed a wheel design that was distinct; something that would separate the bigger, badder 911S from the mere 911. But Porsche needed more than just pure aesthetic appeal. They needed a wheel that would give the 911S a performance edge, so they needed something light and functional, but these requirements posed some problems.
Back in the 60s, wheels were traditionally cast steel rims, and to make cast wheels light, they would have to compromise on its structural rigidity, and this was not an option for the engineers over at Porsche.
So there was only one albeit risky and challenging way to go: forged aluminum alloy wheels.
A Solution Forged
It might seem simple enough to us now, but at that time, this was never done for a production vehicle before. They did, however, successfully pull it off, and thus was born the Porsche Fuchsfelgen. The wheel was given the name Fuchs as Porsche developed it alongside a company called OTTO FUCHS, and felgen translated to “forged”.
Effects and Legacy
The lightness of the wheel reduced unsprung mass, therefore lowering the overall weight, which gave the 911S better acceleration and improved its handling and suspension. The five-leaf design was not only stylish, but also functioned as an aid to cool the brakes.
The Porsche Fuchsfelgen gained such a following that Porsche soon made it an available option across all 911 models. Today, a myriad of companies make copies of the Fuchsfelgen in many different sizes for every 911. Even Porsche got in on the Fuchsfelgen replica game, making its own modern iteration of the iconic wheel fitted on the Porsche 997.2 911 Sport Classic. But replica or not, no classic 911 is complete without it.