– You know when you have a friend, and you’re in school, and
you can just tell that whatever it is that he’s going to do, he’s going to do a lot better than you. You’re there like, sniffing
glue in high school or whatever, and he’s actually understanding why the mitochondria is the
powerhouse of the cell. That is what Motegi is
with the Wheel Pros name and pretty much every other wheel company when you compare it to. On this episode of Wheel History, we’re gonna talk none
other than the racing– We’re gonna be talking about the guys that you’ve probably
heard of 10 years ago, then forgot about, then realized that they’re still doing stuff. We’re gonna talk to you about none other than the infamous Motegi Racing wheel. Motegi Racing is a wheel company, that’s pretty difficult to understand, especially when you consider the fact that Wheel Pros is a giant umbrella that also envelopes the
Motegi Racing wheel. Motegi’s name is founded
in the Japanese prefecture of Tochigi, which is home
of the Twin Ring Motegi, which was founded by Honda Motorsport, and pretty much introduces people to everything automotive related. So is that where Motegi
gets their name from? Can’t call it because we don’t know, but I would assume that if you’re gonna be talking about Motegi Racing wheels, then the only other definition
in the world right now, is that exact location,
and the fact they have an automotive history related motor sport, I’d say that our guess is pretty good. Motegi’s racing history is convoluted, and continues to be until probably, I’d say the last 10 years or so, because what they were made for, and where they came
from is relatively new. Motegi is a brand that
was built and created for enthusiasts of a different pedigree. They weren’t really meant
for people like Joe Shmo to put their wheels on. It was meant for the high
end racing enthusiasts. Which is a little weird considering what we really remember Motegi for, which I would probably say, is more like the “Fast and
the Furious” racing scene, which really wasn’t a racing scene at all. Motegi’s under the racing
wheel line of Wheel Pros, and Wheel Pros is a conglomerate
of different companies, and if you didn’t know that,
well, the more you know. Wheel Pros has a lot of
different brands under their umbrella, and they pretty
much started by just hustling, and know they own like, 10
different wheel companies. So in short, Wheel Pros was kind of like the rich mother and father, whereas Motegi racing
was like the smart kid that just wanted to hustle
and make things work, but he also had rich parents behind him, so he could kind of do whatever he wanted, and Motegi did just that. You see, the Motegi racing name is kind of divided into two sub groups. You have the people that you bring up, like your normal mom and pop, they’re gonna be like, “yeah,
‘Fast and the Furious’.” And, you bring it up to
an avid racing driver, and they’re going to be like, “yes, Motegi Racing. Those guys are the bomb dot com.” Motegi racing doesn’t
have an “About Us”, why? Because they’re too busy making the space for their racing information. Because that’s all they give a damn about, because that’s all that Motegi racing wants to give a damn about. I would yell, but then people
are gonna say we’re like Donut Media and I just
can’t yell like he can, I don’t even have the same
facial hair as that man, that guy’s got something going on. 24 hour Le Mans, IMSA, FIA
World Endurance Championship, Pirelli World Challenge,
Porsche Cup Series, pretty much everything
you can possibly imagine that has to do with motor
sport, they are involved in, and they do it damn well. Let me just give you, just a general gist, of how good they are at what they do. Formula racing, they sponsor
one team and one team only. That’s the Papadakis racing team. Now, you may be wondering
why that matters. Well, Papadakis is probably one of the biggest reasons that the original “Fast and the
Furious” series was a thing. Not only that, but when you
look into the Ferrari teams that Motegi has partnered with,
they’re one of two companies to actually be partnered
officially with Ferrari. Which means that nearly every single Ferrari race car that is out there, out doing things that are way better than I could possibly do on a race track, they’re equipped with Motegi wheels. The only other company
that’s actually involved with Ferrari as an official partner, beside Motegi Racing, is Shell. If you wanna put that in perspective, they seem to be doing something right. These wheels are on everything. Now, you might be wondering
why is the racing scene so important versus the
entry level cast thing? That is, well, a pretty good question. But, just like how we would rather enjoy doing stuff like this than
being stuck in a cubicle, Motegi Racing enjoys being
a part of what they think is the most crucial and just fun part of, you know, selling wheels, and that’s being involved
in the people that really, really use their wheels. You can’t get any more pure than a high performance driving event, or any sort of professional racing event. That’s what Motegi focuses on. That’s what makes Motegi
very good at what they do. It’s probably the reason
why they’re so involved in so many motor sports. There’s a lot of stuff
that Motegi Racing does with their R&D that allows
them to produce wheels for like people, like you and me. That’s what Motegi has been
all about since the beginning. They just wanted to make
wheels that could handle hard cornering, that could
handle the high heat, that could handle everything
that you could possibly throw at it during a
racing event, and survive. The difference between Advan, and Rays, and those sort of companies overseas, is that not a lot of people
know that Motegi is involved at the level that they are. I think that has a lot
to do with the fact that, well, when it comes down
to marketing Motegi wheels, they just really choose
not to get involved in, and that’s just something that
some companies choose to do and some companies don’t. Here’s the thing, with Wheel Pros and the different companies
that have acquired, and passed on, and this,
that, and the other thing, if you really get into the
whole paperwork reveal of it, any time a company gets
acquired by another company, usually the company
brand almost loses faith, it loses brand, either
people figure it out, or people don’t like the
fact that it was bought out, or something in between,
and a lot of times, the brand itself kind of
just dissolves and dies. Companies just don’t
survive a lot of times with acquisitions and a lot of times that tech gets passed
on to other companies. With Motegi and their
involvement with Wheel Pros, you never have to worry about that, because Motegi just kind
of does their own thing. Because of the fact that
they’re involved as they are, they just continue to just
take pride in what they do, which is making high end
performance racing wheels for any sort of motor sport
you can possibly imagine. And, Motegi’s going to continue
to be one of those brands that you’re probably not really gonna hear a whole lot about, especially if you’re on the side of the fence where
you just want some wheels for daily driving, or maybe
tossin’ around a track, but when it comes down to the
professional racing scene, when it comes down to the
stuff that they actually dial in to a T, where they spend
99 percent of their time, Motegi is doing extremely well. You’ll likely really not
hear about them a whole lot in our eyes because Motegi
is just a brand that is, well, a solid brand,
but when it comes down to you wanting something
that’s gonna be a high end application for something
you’re running around the track, Motegi’s definitely one of
those brands that I don’t think is gonna go away any time soon. You’re probably gonna
see them come up with a few more wheels at the end of the year, because they’re trying to get
back into the big brand thing. Motegi’s been kind of sitting
on the sidelines a little bit, from what we’ve heard, not to
say that we have connections, but we have connections,
is that they are going to be coming out with some
new stuff for everybody, because they want to get back into getting a little bit more limelight, while still playing a
part in the racing scene. Hopefully we see more of
the Motegi Racing line. We definitely want to see more, and we’ll see what happens with the brand. Now that we’re done with all of that, it’s time for a giveaway. We are– I already picked it up, I already got it right here. The man, the myth, the legend, the winner of this last week’s
video, Michael Midgett. Michael said that, “Dom is the bomb.” And, he said that Alex thinks that– He thinks that I can’t talk certain humor and that’s the reason
that I’m holding back. I will have you know that
you are 125 percent correct. Congratulations, you won a
shirt and valve stem cap. For this week’s winner, all we
want you to do is subscribe, and if you already subscribed,
drop a comment saying that you subscribed, and
if you can convince us in a really well worded
way why you should deserve the next giveaway, we’ll
just toss it your way. All you gotta do is, we’re gonna give away a t-shirt this time, so just let us know what you’d like to get, but, we wanna see you at least subscribe. It’s pretty simple, I don’t
even think that’s that hard. But I’m Alex from Fitment Industries, and I hope you guys enjoyed
it, don’t forget to subscribe, and, of course, if you’re looking to get in some Motegi wheels, check
out Fitment Industries dot com. We also have wheels, tires,
suspension, all of that stuff. I’m Alex, we’ll see you later. Peace.

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  1. I'm subscribe I should win I don't win anything also I watched all yall videos here and on custom offset channel

  2. Dear fitment inc. How many likes would it take on thus comment to get free stickers from your company. Pls respond l.

  3. I've seen this logo on a car years ago and it's been haunting me to know which brand those wer until now. My life now has a new meaning. Thank you

  4. My first tuner wheels back in '03….18" Motegi Mr3 on toyo proxes 215/35/18 on a '01 focus sedan…rode like a stage coach.

  5. Hey love the video I️ own a set of mr122’s but I️ Just had a random idea about maybe making a video about the most popular wheels by motegi or making a video series in whole about what are the most popular wheels for each company

  6. I can see the future, and I see Alex picking this comment for the giveaway next week.
    Also we really need the truth about Fitment Industries!

  7. Looking for the t shirt but I guess there was a mistake with the name. But it’s fine next time right guys. you can’t take back what you say on YouTube. That would be… fake news

  8. God I love their Traklites. But someone bought their forged lineup and the spokes broke on him on the track. And with how cheap their wheels are, it's make me iffy since I'll be using them for racing. I've seen pictures before someone ask and it was a wheel from their forged lineup. A forged wheel breaking while racing from a company that does nothing but racing.

  9. I deserve to win the next shirt giveaway cause i have motegi mr127s and i dont have any auto apparel shirts 🙁

  10. Thank God I've been subscribed for a while I think I should get the next give away because you guys never sent me my work Meister wheels that I so nicely requested for free. Lol and my WRX is featured on your website that looks damn good now that's brand loyalty

  11. I'm gonna buy my wheels from you guys in a few months. I'm the fella who emailed you about the NRE160 Corolla. Maybe Motegi might have some wheels I could fit. Thanks for doing this vid!!

  12. My wife threw away most of my car related shirts because "they smell like oil and grease blah blah blah" no other reason then that, i dont have any cool shirts to wear……

  13. I’m subbed and you guys are one of the things that I can throw on when I’m driving home, or to work or school. I’m the only one bringing in $ in a family of four, and as much as I’d like to buy some of y’alls merch, I’ve got to buy dippers you know. But hey win or not you guys make some great content

  14. Would like to see you guys review JNC wheels as I’m planning on buying a set for my 2008 Toyota Yaris/Vitz Rs (Hatchback).

  15. Please do a episode for Avid.1 wheels!!! I would love to know how you guys feel about them and how they came to the scene!

  16. oof every time i watch a fitment industries video, my life has been fixed, i would also love to win that shirt, i would let someone blast a soccer ball at me if i did…

  17. Can yall do a "truth about JNC wheels" i'm looking at getting the jnc 001 for my 2010 mini cooper s and I'd just like to know a lil more about the brand. I also noticed that they're on your website so i'm confident that if they're good enough for you then they're good enough for me

  18. Hey @Fitment industries , you guy’s should do a video on on the company that makes the Rocket bunny kits , love your guy’s video’s

  19. You guys need to do H&R springs. It's a pretty big aftermarket spring company, can't believe you guys haven't done them yet.

  20. fuking love all this wheel and suspension history really lets me take a break snd shows me more about companies that I didn't even know existed im so glad to have you guys make these videos they are super entertaining and educational

  21. been subscribed a while. I liked the video. and uhhh… I asked nicely, so I would please like very much a T shirt. Right… XL works. something black. Not goth, just a little chubby – black is thinning. I been back at the gym tho, so that's good… OH! yeah, shirt! Yeah, I'd like one. okay – bye.

  22. Maaan, I used to have motegi ff7 on my old 01 Honda Accord coupe. Those things are indestructible. Fucking loved those wheels

  23. Thank you for the vid i was looking for some wheels for my 97 celica and i found some motegis on carid and was wondering if they were good wheels now i know and are definitely gonna give them a try

  24. I bought some MR131 Traklites without knowing anything about the company, glad to see I made a pretty good choice. Will hopefully be moving up to some MR221 Traklites soon when I get the money.

  25. Like any noob my first set of wheels enkei, a very good brand but way too common and pricey for my taste, I'm really impressed with my motegis and I don't think I'm gonna switch these out anytime soon 👍👌

  26. Ran a set of Motegi wheels on my Mazdaspeed 3 genjuan, have always recommend them as a reliable underdog when it comes to brand recognition! Don't see a lot of guys in the Midwest running motegi.

  27. What… I remember Motegi for the cheap garbage rims on integra GSRs in green paint with cut springs back in the early 2000s.

  28. Not gonna lie, you had me in the first half (name) for the winner of last weeks video. Only to realize this video is about a year old.

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