C5 Corvettes are a common sight at track days, but most available wheel options are either too narrow or not up to the task of prolonged track use. If you want to extract even more performance from your car, a lightweight chassis specific set of wider wheels and tires will make a world of difference. We created forged wheels such as the Apex VS-5RS and SM-10RS along with flow formed wheels such as the EC-7 and SM-10 to increase performance. Find out what fitment is best for your application in our Chevrolet C5 Corvette Wheel & Tire Fitment Guide.
Our selection of C5 Corvette wheels are ready to bolt on to your base, FRC, Z51, or Z06 to improve performance and give it a custom appearance. America’s longest running sportscar, the C5 Corvette was all new in 1997. It featured front and rear double wishbone suspension for the first time, along with mounting the transmission in a rear transaxle configuration for better weight distribution. Additionally, the old LT1 was replaced with a new, all aluminum 5.7L LS1. This was the beginning of the legendary LS series motors, shoved into the car that put the Corvette into true supercar territory.
GM took the C5 racing in multiple series throughout its lifespan. Most notably, the C5.R was a full race car that still had production car underpinnings to really showcase what they were capable of. Featuring a Katech assembled motor, this 600+ horsepower monster racked up 31 wins in just 55 appearances in the American Le Mans Series, capped off by four straight constructors championships from 2001-2004.
The C5 Z06 is one of the best bang for your buck track cars in existence, and has been for the past decade. It combines everything you could want from a track car for all skill levels. Reliable drivetrains, easy to source parts with infinite aftermarket support, V8 power, rear wheel drive, and a chassis that just loves to be tossed through corners with 50/50 weight distribution. While not completely without their flaws, it’s a hard bargain to pass up. Just ask Road & Track: The Cheapest Trackday Hero You Can Get Is a C5 Corvette Z06.
* Designed to fit late C6-C8 Corvette center caps
Our new forgings weigh as much as 120 pounds before machining. To form such a thick blank we require special equipment capable of 10,000 metric tons of pressure. This extreme pressure increases the strength of the aluminum by eliminating porosity and improving the grain structure.
Many companies use 3rd-party blanks intended for non-motorsport wheels which can severely limit sizes, concavity, spoke design, and critical brake clearance. We designed our very own blank profiles from scratch to give us total control over the final product.
To be as light as possible the VS-5RS features extra-deep, side-milled spokes. Any excess material that doesn’t add strength is carved out using a precision CNC ball cutter. Side-milling is often deemed cost-prohibitive by others, but for true performance without compromise we believe it's essential.
Our forged Sprint™ wheels are lightweight without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels. First, we carved out as much material as possible, then we purposefully added one pound back to reinforce critical areas, creating a stronger inner lip and a higher load rating.² What’s the point of a lightweight wheel if it’s fragile?
We conducted extensive Finite Element Analysis (FEA) to reinforce high-stress areas and to remove material where it didn’t improve strength. The result is a wheel that is exceptionally light without the strength compromises found on typical lightweight wheels.²
We don't rely solely on computer simulations or unverifiable in-house testing. We believe independent testing is critical to protect consumers in this unregulated industry. We chose STL, an independent lab in Ohio, to test our Sprint™ wheels far above JWL standards, including increases in testing duration, impact drop height, and total load.
Introducing the Sprint™ spec inner lip, with a unique channel profile that makes it even stronger than our previous designs. So even though our Sprint™ wheels are pounds lighter than comparable flow formed wheels, the inner lip is stronger.
than our flow formed wheels3
From day one, APEX has been on a mission to build wheels that clear big brakes. Our new forged wheels are the product of everything we’ve developed over the past 10+ years, including an innovative high-clearance barrel design and vehicle-specific spoke profiles.
Our new forgings were redesigned to create extra deep, concave spoke profiles. Their new shape allows us to make any profile, from flat to deep and everything in between. Each one is optimized for a specific application using 3D laser scans of factory and aftermarket brake kits.
Whether it's a day at the track or months of street driving, repeated hard braking and acceleration can make a tire slip along the bead seat and go out of balance, causing vibration. Knurled beads help, but are less effective when painted over. Our forged line features unpainted knurled beads that stay sharp and maximize grip.
Track wheels need track tools. Don’t settle for wheels that require undersized tuner lugs or thin walled sockets. All APEX wheels accommodate over-sized race lugs and impact sockets to make swapping wheels lightning fast.
Socket Diameter Clearance
As track enthusiasts ourselves, we know how frustrating it is to try to locate and decipher wheel specs that have been hastily hammered into the rim or become unreadable over time. With our new Sprint™ wheels, we chose to invest a little extra and laser-engrave the specs on the barrel, in plain sight, making them easy to find and read. (You’re welcome.)
All VS-5RS wheels are purpose built for select vehicle applications. Very few applications require centering rings.
All APEX wheels come with our gloss black cap included that is interchangeable with the OE cap. We also offer additional colors for select fitments.
APEX wheels can be used with all OEM mounting hardware, proper aftermarket hardware and most wheel spacers. Wheel locks and stud conversion kits also work perfectly.
All APEX wheels accept OEM and aftermarket Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensors and standard fit valve stems. If you don’t have sensors, then select from our metal stems available in multiple finishes.
All Apex Wheels come with a
lifetime structural warranty against defects in
workmanship and materials, plus a 1 year finish warranty.
Exchanges are fast, easy, and hassle-free.
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We’ve all been there. APEX is proud to offer 50% off replacement
wheels, no matter the damage.
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