– Rota! – Jesus Christ! ♪ They like savage why you gotta ♪ ♪ 12 car garage and you only got ♪ ♪ 15 cars, ’cause we all
just wanna be big rockstars ♪ ♪ And living hilltop bosses driving 15 ♪ ♪ (beeping) – Welcome back, stay tuned
to the end of the video where we’re giving away a
bunch of free (beep) once again because you guys like
free stuff so stay tuned. – Hell yeah! – But today we are
talking about Rota Wheels. This was one of those that
you guys have commented on since day one so we’re happy to oblige and we apologize for the comment section ’cause it’s about to get lit. Shoot me if I ever say lit
again in front of a camera. – I won’t hesitate (beep). (gunshots) – Rota Wheels started in
1976 as a joint venture between an Italian company named FPS and a man named Romero Rojas. Now Romero was an entrepreneur from the Philippines and he actually imported and exported automotive
stuff like shift knobs and wheels prior to this partnership. So they got into a little cozy bed and decided to make a
partnership together, and one year later they already had their first official client which
was Chrysler-Mitsubishi. Can’t call that one. Now seven years later because of the Asian crisis that happened due to the deflation of
the US dollar and the fact that they weren’t using
that as a way of measuring their value dollar, the
Italian wheel maker eventually pulled out, what that
resulted in is Romero Rojas taking over the full share
of the company, renaming it to PAWI, which was the
Pilipino Auto Wheel Industry, and then rebranding the
wheels as Rota Wheels. Why were they making wheels in the Philippines in the first place? – How’s business? – Booming. – Booming, believe that. – The Philippines were
booming when it came to the auto market and they had absolutely no way to get wheels on those cars, especially exporting it as well. PAWI was the perfect
fit at the perfect time. The 70s were known as where
all of these wheel companies kinda came up and out of the woodwork. BBS and a lot of those bigger names have a lot of foundations back
in 1970s even including XXR. So something that’s super
interesting about PAWI is that they’ve actually had partnerships with other wheel companies like Enkei. So if you’re in the comments
already making snide remarks, just remember your
Enkeis are probably made in the same exact factory as your Rotas. ♪ Gang, gang, gang,
gang, gang, gang, gang ♪ – As of 2017, Rota Wheels produces wheels for about 17 countries, anywhere
between one to 2000 wheels are made per day just in
their Philippine headquarter location where they manufacture
all of their wheels. – Do you like that (beep),
baby, that’s a lot isn’t it? – Now Rota Wheels isn’t
some multilayered company where they produce
casts, forge multi-piece single monoblock, all this sort of stuff. Rota Wheels produces one kind of wheel and one kind of wheel only,
and that is a low pressure cast wheel, Rota Wheels
goes through their own impact testing system.
(smacking) No, no not like that.
(smacking) No, Mario, why the hell
do we even pay you? – [Mario] You don’t. (record scratching) – That’s true, that’s really true. So we’re going to get
into the design aspect of their wheels which is the
number one controversial thing of Rota Wheels, hands-down, by far. So to go into it, Rota designs
about four wheels a month and then goes into any sort
of specific customized testing almost every single day
to try to make something new and fresh, however, what
you see is a lot of times Rota Wheels mimicking other
designs, and this is where the actual president,
Michael Rojas, came on-air on a Top Gear article that
stated that they follow what’s called the 20% rule where
if the wheel has a variance of 20% in overall design, that it’s okay. So Rota Attacks Gram Light 57
CZ’s, Rota G-Force Advan RS’s, Rota Grids full time attacks,
and Rota Tarmac Prodrive P1’s. All right, so in one corner,
we have Rays Engineering. We have them as the champions
undisputed in the wheel game, and on the other side, we
have Rota Wheels, but that’s not really fair because it’s
not even the same comparison, price point, or how
they make their wheels. So at the same time, Rota
Wheels does play the line between designed influence
and we’re really just too lazy to make our own designs,
but hey, 600 bucks for a set of wheels is 600
bucks for a set of wheels. – Yeah, you got that right. – And even the best thing
about this whole situation is four years ago Rota
Wheels actually made a public statement stating that there were fake Chinese knockoffs of Rota
Wheels entering the market, stating that they had engravings where they weren’t supposed to, that
they weren’t safety tested, and that you should not
buy these fake Rota Wheels. It didn’t take long for
people to start making fun of Rota Wheels for being
replicated as a rep company. And so, it actually blew up the market, it was absolutely hilarious,
you can still go on the forums today, you can see it, it’s a great time, but at the same time, I’d
rather have Rota Wheels because at least they’re JWL
VIA tested, whereas these Chinese knockoffs are not. Michael Rojas stated that we never copy a design as in carbon copy, that they will always improve it to their
taste, but if they can’t do it that way, meaning if they can’t
find a better way to do it, they just won’t make it. Copyright laws, he states,
are pretty extensive but the rule of thumb pretty much is based on the 20% rule. It has to be different by about 20%. Rota Wheels plays that line so closely that that’s where they get the
stigma in the car community. However, as an actual wheel,
they’re not bad whatsoever. Lots of people run Rota, even
the Drift King himself has personally endorsed Rota Wheels
on different drifting cars that he’s ran personally in Japan. They’re on numerous drift cars in Europe. They’re on numerous
drift cars in the States. They’re in numerous auto cross events. They’re at numerous sort of drag events and things like that, so they
have no shortage of being. (sneezes) Oh!
(laughs) (beeping) So what makes Rota so great? Well obviously the price point and the fact that you are getting a pretty decent wheel as a cast wheel. By no doubts, they are a solid wheel. They ran all across the board, they’re extremely popular in
the States, they’re even more popular internationally, they’re endorsed by plenty of teams, plenty of
reputable people actually do run Rotas as just being a
solid wheel for what they use it for, I ran Rotas when
I had my ’76 Datsun 280Z with the 355 supercharged V8
and I had absolutely no issues with them whatsoever, and
I was mean to those wheels. And that’s what makes Rota so interesting because when we delved into
the whole entire thing, the one thing that we consistently noticed was that the argument was always toward the designs and
not towards the quality. So that’s up to you to
decide if it’s worth it for you, if Rotas are a good
wheel brand or a bad wheel brand depending on if you
think them copying designs is something that is crucial to being a successful company in the wheel game. We’ll let you guys decide in the comments. Two weeks ago, we gave
away a bunch of stuff. Now we’re giving away a bunch more stuff. Another sweatshirt, another
hat, a decal, some lanyards, can Koozie, the whole nine yards. All you have to do is tag a friend. I’ll even give you bonus points if you tag a friend that owns Rota
Wheels so that we can get more engagement down below. Argue with me, talk to me all you want, more than likely we will comment back because we comment on every single post. That’s all that we have on
the history of Rota Wheels. We hope you enjoyed. Leave a comment below and add your car to our ever growing gallery. We have over 4500 vehicles
in this gallery so far. It’s absolutely amazing. You can see everything for wheel specs, suspension, all that sort of stuff. So go to,
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  1. who the fck cares theyre just wheels like all properly checked wheel they will perform what theyre designed to do. if its cheap and quality is good and performs perfect. i wont care. rota or whatever wheel brand.

  2. I know a guy who’s rocking some Rota Wheels, Grid 16×8+20 on front and 16×8+10 on the rear. That’s me!!

  3. Rota wheels are great quality they test this wheels on the shitty Philippine roads and they held out well. As a Filipino myself that’s more than enough for me to go for them if I don’t want to fork serious cash for BBS.

  4. I have a set on my RX7….all 4 have major cracks in them and the tires no longer hold air. Total fucking trash

  5. Thank you so much for clearing an argument for me. I been saying that Rota has been around just as long as the big 3. And, that for someone who wants to add better rubber on a car that's got 0 offset and 14" wheels Rota and XXR are good choices and don't REP anyone but themselves. If they're good enough for the original DK, they're good enough for me.

  6. i am filipino myself. and i wont really buy a rota. even though they are ok. i would get second hand Enkeis or volk rays.

  7. Had Rita G-forces for two years and not one issue. Plus who copied who work meisters s1? Or SSR SP1? Those designs are essentially the same but no one calls them out because they’re top of the line wheels

  8. Rota bridged a gap by bringing lighter weight performance in designs that one could say were a “homage” to their original counterparts. The OG slipstream was a take off the regamaster but was 1/3 – 1/4 the price. Weight different between the two? Maybe 2 lbs on 15”.

    Rota allowed the budget enthusiast to keep on and enjoy their hobby. Fresh shoes could be had for $600 which looked like those TE37s at $400 each.

    I would argue that rota allowed the new age, modified car culture to proliferate and grow. The modification options for my frs far outweigh what was available for my MR2 back in the day. Screw the haters; thanks to rota, thanks to Honda, thanks to the game changers that have paved the way for companies like fitment industries.

  9. I'd rather buy rota ik-r than buy a te37 rep. Same looks, but rota is tested so it's safer. Pretty sure it'll be lighter than a rep wheel too

  10. Very interesting videos!…… Currently running volks gts 19s on my supra but i want to go for 18s….rotas or Xxr?

  11. A lot of haters on Rota, just to let you know they also make the oem wheels on a number of Toyota vehicles. They are reliable and that’s what matters.

  12. I Have Grid Concave in white on my Miata and I beat the shit out of them (including an occasional nasty Missouri pothole by accident) and they still look and ride like they did when they were brand new.

  13. PAWI…Philippine Aluminum Wheels Inc…been there worked there…its a good aftermarket and OEM wheel….Prod Devt here

  14. Hey any idea behind the Rota Recce original design? Do you know who originally made this design that they copied or is this actually theirs?

  15. When we got invited to watch the first Toyota Cup they have used the Rotas on all cars… When the race went on for like 20min one car had suffered from a blown tire… The heck we were shocked he ran those rims on the tarmac for 4 laps without any tires on them! I gotta say I think I'm a believer.

  16. I run rota gtr-ds on my impreza and I love it when people message me
    (Americans in particular)
    “dude your wheels are sick what are they”
    Yip you love a rota 😂😂😂

  17. I used to have rotas a looooong time ago. Why? Because it was in my budget. I’m not gonna max out my credit cards buying $4,000 wheels just to get some IG likes

  18. Yeah, they make sorta replicas…but at least they produce a handful of bolt patterns (PCD) for a specific wheel, unlike other wheel manufacturers.

  19. I like rota. There wheels are durable and really take a beating especially for how much a set of rotas cost. Compared to wheel companies that like rota basically copy and paste​ the look of other wheels by other companies

  20. This sounds like a debate between designer hand bags vs. knock-offs (I don't mean wheels). It makes my man parts want to shrink up just listening to some people argue over the "real deal" vs. bang-for-the-buck. If the wheels look good and meet your daily needs, who GaS? Why waste the money unless the lower weight of the originals are what is most important for your track time. Seriously, that concern applies to maybe 0.001% of the population winning races somewhere. I drove on Rota G-force (gunmetal grey) daily for 9 years and tracked the car at Putnam Park, too. Had 0 issues with potholes or spirited driving. They were great looking wheels, just like the Advans they copied. Worth every penny, and the rest of the pennies I spent on my HPFP and a proper tune for my Mazdaspeed3. But hey, maybe I'm just not "street" enough to appreciate the design bags holding my tires to the hub…

  21. Honestly I’m glad there’s wheels like rota. Knockoff wheels with decent quality and an affordable price. Good for people on a budget and for beater cars like a drift car.

  22. You know your phone spies on you when you buy some Rota Slipstreams. Then, the next day, you get this video on your recommended list on YouTube. Well played CIA/FBI….well played….

  23. Cant find some rb-x 17×9 -13 4x 114.3 and 17×9.5 -19 4×114.3. Every where I look they want so much for shipping

  24. I'm looking for a set of wheels for my 2011 Mazda 3. Not a Mazdaspeed 3, just a 3. Sedan. Automatic. I just want a nice looking set of wheels that doesn't weigh more than the ugly OEMs (which are somehow only like 17lbs?!) that I'll be leaving my winters on. I would love to buy some RPF-1s, or some O.Z. Alleggeritas, but blowing a third of the price of the car itself on wheels? Nah, brah.

  25. Yall think rota grids 9.5 with 35 offset would be good fitment for the front on a s550 mustang?

  26. I bought a bugeye WRX as a project car about eighteen months ago. Came with a set of Rota wheels on it … 'Gravel' model, I think. Anyway, I left the wheels on it because they looked pretty good, figured I'd replace them when I need to. Still going strong, still look good. Don't understand all the anti-Rota sentiment.

  27. Have had 18” rota SVNS on my stage 2 wrx for like 8 years. They’ve been very reliable, no cracks, dents, etc despite sliding sideways at 90 several times.

  28. I’m a Filipino my self know about Rota way back no issues whatsoever using it on the track on a regular basis on my ek and teggy

  29. been road racing bbs and rota’s forever both fail sooner or later no matter how good even my OZ carbon fibers has to go after so many races… lmfao 6:13 😂😂😂😂

  30. Rota D154 user here. I drive a Fiesta hatch in the Philippines. Anyone who has driven in the Philippines know how horrible the potholes are. Unfortunately I ran into one and cracked the front right of the knock off wheel that came installed when I originally bought the car. Next day, went to my favorite tire place and got myself a new set of 16s D154 and Hankook tires. In the Philippines though they go for about $800 for 16s, more if you go direct to Rota.. That bit confused me, they were more expensive from the manufacturer than their reseller.

  31. I got a set of Rota ss10s on my frs and I love the way they look and the size is bigger so it makes my car look alot better as well, I don’t know how to tell a fake from a real one, but I’m pretty sure they’re real

  32. during the 90's back in the philippines if you have rota wheels it means your poor lol! i remember buying rota for my 1987 toyota celica, i bought it for $60 a piece thats how cheap they are back in the philippines but yeah your right they are made for quality even though having a bad rep in the tuner scene and car scene until now those wheels are being used by my nephew in 2019

  33. another thing is rota owners posing as if they wheels are legit…sticking on decals, badges and shit of the real brand. if you have rotas dont front you have other brands. 😅

  34. I don't get the hate, honestly. There's only so many designs you can come up with that would be structurally safe, and there's been thousands upon thousands of different wheel designs already. A 20% change to an existing design is probably way harder than it sounds.

  35. I have Rota GT3's on my shit box and I've hit potholes like a mother fucker, live on a dirt road, launch, do burn outs, etc.. and they've never taken any damage. Not a single crack, dent or bend. If you're looking for some decently strong wheels for just about anything that are also pretty lightweight and super affordable: Rota.

  36. Never thought these rims that originated from my homeland made it this far in the car industry.. had the 18” torques on my 2002 civic back in the day and it was a beutiful thing..

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