"Aero" wheels - a new car design trend?

"Aero" wheels - a new car design trend?

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lyonspride

2,845 posts

121 months

Thursday 3rd June
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I don't know, but i'm convinced that certain manufacturers deliberately design their wheels to be VERY hard to clean, I think it's playing to that "need a new car because the ash tray is full" mentality. Car looks old, because the wheels are dirty, time to change it...............

57Ford

2,083 posts

100 months

Thursday 3rd June
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The best solution is wheels which act like a fan blade to remove the hot air from the brakes and fk all this pathetic fractional economy gain bullst.

MightyBadger

506 posts

16 months

Friday 4th June
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57Ford said:
The best solution is wheels which act like a fan blade to remove the hot air from the brakes and fk all this pathetic fractional economy gain bullst.
Wheels are open backed.

dvs_dave

6,402 posts

191 months

Friday 4th June
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57Ford said:
The best solution is wheels which act like a fan blade to remove the hot air from the brakes and fk all this pathetic fractional economy gain bullst.
EV and hybrids barely use their brakes, so enhanced brake cooling is unnecessary.

E34 M5 “turbine” wheels though, that’s exactly what they were designed for. However rather ironically also end up with that flat “aero” look.


Zad

12,341 posts

202 months

Friday 4th June
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Yes, on some EVs the reduction in usage of mechanical brakes can lead to the brake disc rusting up and reducing the available retardation when it is really needed. Obviously some of the smarter ones exercise the callipers to clean the discs. I think the only time I have experienced brake fade during normal usage has been when descending Lake District passes! Contrary to most reviewers' ideas, most of us don't drive on the motorway like we are on a racing circuit, braking from 130 to 50 every few hundred metres.

Incidentally, steel wheels are often lighter than the fancy alternative alloys, and are more resilient when coping with pot-holes, traffic calming ramps, pillows, and general crappy roads.

PomBstard

4,589 posts

208 months

Friday 4th June
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I think at launch (1982?) all Sierras had these wheels/caps - maybe not XR4i or Ghia - for the reason of ‘aerodynamics’...



Audi 100 of that time was the same, complete with Cd noted in the rear quarterlight IIRC

The Spruce Goose

28,424 posts

161 months

Friday 4th June
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I like them

sideways man

967 posts

103 months

Friday 4th June
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SWoll said:
Look dreadful, add unspring weight so affect ride, steering and handling, easy to steal etc.
The unsprung weight rule frequently gets a mention, shame it’s not true with regards modern design. I had to change a wheel on my Volvo the other day. ‘Only’ 17”… but they are heavy! I would estimate 1/3 heavier than the wheels on my escort.

Edited by sideways man on Friday 4th June 07:30

ambuletz

9,474 posts

147 months

Friday 4th June
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how big a difference does it make? reminds me of the previous gen civic that has tiny fins added to the edge of the rear sides to improve mpg by 1. if it works then i'm all for it

67Dino

2,414 posts

71 months

Friday 4th June
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No reason low drag alloys can’t look good. These from 1985…



(Hashtag WorstivegotaMercSLpostever)

sjg

6,852 posts

231 months

Friday 4th June
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Pica-Pica said:
Bring back steel rims and plastic wheel covers. Stop all this alloy nonsense. Easier to replace, update, tune for aerodynamics.
It’s what you get on most VW ID.3 models. 18” steelies standard, 18-20” alloys (very flat and aero, obviously) optional.

They seem to deliberately choose an awful looking trim to upsell alloys, you can get a much better looking set via the parts desk for £120 or so.




DailyHack

1,359 posts

77 months

Friday 4th June
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Always liked the style, Volvo had them on the V50's at one time, but then I like steel wheels smile

Magnum 475

2,367 posts

98 months

Friday 4th June
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TarquinMX5 said:
It's not really new, certain 3-Series had similar styles years ago, amongst others.
This. BMW 320d Efficient Dynamics (2010?) had left and right hand aero wheels to help reduce drag.

Blib

37,834 posts

163 months

Friday 4th June
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I'm WAAAY ahead of the curve on this. I had these on my '30 Ford back in the 90s. yes


flatso

1,032 posts

95 months

Friday 4th June
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reapercushions said:
I'll admit... I love the idea of Aerodiscs on pretty much anything... paperbag

Second that

jamieduff1981

7,302 posts

106 months

Friday 4th June
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I hate all the wheels in this thread so far. Hideous, nasty things all of them (yes including those mill stones on that Volkswagen).

saaby93

28,224 posts

144 months

Friday 4th June
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Deranged Rover said:
Baldchap said:
These crazy modern trends!

Meanwhile, in 2001...
And, of course, In 1983....

The XM 10 years later


Matt Cup

2,302 posts

70 months

Friday 4th June
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I love the fact that Tesla are hiding some pretty nice looking alloys behind the aero hubcaps on the Model 3 rather than some steelies.


Pica-Pica

8,216 posts

50 months

Friday 4th June
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Om said:
SWoll said:
Pica-Pica said:
Bring back steel rims and plastic wheel covers. Stop all this alloy nonsense. Easier to replace, update, tune for aerodynamics.
Look dreadful, add unspring weight so affect ride, steering and handling, easy to steal etc.
Time to invest in cable ties again!
No, and no.
On my E36 and Volvo with steel wheels the covers stayed on and were very hard to get off. The steel wheels were not heavy - current ordinary alloy wheels are pretty heavy.