I see Enkei racing series wheels on Tire rack that only weigh 13.5 lbs in the 16 inch size. According to the info on the wheels for every 1 lb. of unsprung weight reduction it is equivalent to losing 20 lbs of sprung weight. These wheels are 4 to 5 lbs lighter than other wheels I see. Has anyone used these on their Fiero and if so did you notice a difference? Thanks to all.
Unless your doing serious racing, buy wheels for the look you like and the quality. Enke's are good quality wheels. All the babble about sprung weight and performance whatevers are for racers...wont make any difference on the street for normal driving.
It is the ratio of sprung to unsprung weight that matters but it matters little on a smooth surface. It matters a lot on a rough surface but either way, it only affects grip. It in nothing like reducing the weight of the vehicle and the comparison is absurd. I drove a Lotus Europa once on a rough winding road. It had pretty skinny 13 inch tires and handled like it was on smooth pavement. Was built for England? BTW: The real advantage of independent rear suspension is no the independence, it is the greatly reduce unsprung weight.