The Volk Racing 21A’s introduction completes Rays’ neo-classic wheels trilogy

Rays Wheels has launched their latest neo-classic model, the Volk Racing 21A. With its introduction to the market, the wheelmaker has completed its wheels inspired by the glory days of Japanese tuning and built for domestic cars of the era, what it calls the VAC collection.

The series established its roots 13 years ago with the debut of the Volk Racing TE37V. The V stood for “vintage”, and the wheel was a deep-dish variant of its Tuner Era staple, the original TE37. Now, it had minus offsets and fitments tailored to old, rear-wheel-drive Nissans and Toyotas. With TE37Vs well on their way to being vintage themselves, last year Rays released a 10th Anniversary edition of the 6-spoke.

Next came the Volk Racing 21C, which debuted last year, hence the name. The 5-spoke design with dimpled arms was introduced in 2021 following the TE37V 10th Anniversary. The C in its name is a callback to the Group C racers that captured Japan’s imagination in the 80s and 90s. The design takes inspiration from racing wheels used on Nissan, Mazda, and Toyota endurance prototypes of the era.

Now Rays is rounding out the trilogy with the Volk Racing 21A. As you might have guessed the A here stands for Group A, the dominant form of touring car racing in Japan during the 80s and 90s. While a mesh design may not be the first thing one thinks of when one thinks JTCC, remember that the series was also packed with BMWs, Ford Sierras, as well as the Axia R32 Skyline GT-R.

Initial sizes will range from 18×8.5J (¥107,800) to 12.0J (¥115,500). Wheels will be available in two colors, anodized bronze or gunmetal with polished lip. All are 1-piece forged with a deep lip. While VAC might stand for the letters of the various groups, Rays says that it can also mean “Vintage and Custom”. Whatever the acronym represents, it’s always good to see additional products for Japanese cars of the 70s, 80s, and 90s.

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