"Aero" wheels - a new car design trend?

"Aero" wheels - a new car design trend?

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CDP

6,847 posts

220 months

Friday 4th June
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PomBstard said:
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 Ghia had similar wheels but with three sets of "vents" instead of two. Not to mention the smooth front.

Ford were king when it came to creating range hierarchies.

Grey radiator grille meant scum class...

Haltamer

1,820 posts

46 months

Friday 4th June
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There's a fantastic, very well informed video on this:
https://youtu.be/G5ZdyG1HHKU

For a quick glimpse on OE optimisation, have a look at the Porsche wheel chart ~2:58 - With ~10% of total drag caused by the wheels, a nice aero set is a piece of engineering you can appreciate.

PorkInsider

4,777 posts

107 months

Friday 4th June
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Matt Cup said:
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.

Shame they can't do the same with the rest of the car - a cover you can remove to reveal something less gopping underneath?

Everyone laughed at the Fiat Multipla and yet here we are...

Super Sonic

61 posts

20 months

Friday 4th June
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darreni said:
Moon discs. Smooth!

Super Sonic

61 posts

20 months

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

Reminiscent of centerlines. Lovely car btw.

Zad

12,339 posts

202 months

Friday 4th June
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PomBstard said:
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 Sierra being based on Ford's Probe III concept car.



Amazing how many aero concepts have wheel arch covers, and (understandably) how few make it to production. I've also just realised how much the nose looks like the Passat B3 from the late 1980s.


georgeyboy12345

38 posts

1 month

Friday 4th June
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I quite like em, providing they aren't black

nothing worse than black wheels

Baldchap

4,300 posts

58 months

Friday 4th June
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georgeyboy12345 said:
nothing worse than black wheels
AIDS?

SSBB

649 posts

122 months

Friday 4th June
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Baldchap said:
georgeyboy12345 said:
nothing worse than black wheels
AIDS?
Checkmate georgeyboy

Zad

12,339 posts

202 months

Saturday 5th June
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Baldchap said:
georgeyboy12345 said:
nothing worse than black wheels
AIDS?
You can at least get Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) that protects you from acquiring HIV...

Riley Blue

17,687 posts

192 months

Saturday 5th June
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'Aero discs' new? They're getting on for a hundred years old.


georgeyboy12345

38 posts

1 month

Saturday 5th June
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Baldchap said:
AIDS?
Not really since AIDS is treatable these days and people with it now have a life expectancy of 78 years. So yeah, worse than AIDS.

Doofus

15,705 posts

139 months

Saturday 5th June
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CDP said:
PomBstard said:
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 Ghia had similar wheels but with three sets of "vents" instead of two. Not to mention the smooth front.

Ford were king when it came to creating range hierarchies.

Grey radiator grille meant scum class...
As did those door mirrors, which weren't remote-adjustable.

vikingaero

5,761 posts

135 months

Saturday 5th June
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The best looking alloys, in the world... Saab vikingaeros:



biggrin

LuS1fer

37,680 posts

211 months

Saturday 5th June
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My father had a 1982 Citroen GSA Pallas SE in silver which had a lovely set of narrow alloy wheels. All Citroens had aerodynamic wheels, even the 2CV, despite being largely brick-like.





My 1986 R5 GT Turbo had the popular turbine style wheels



And my 1985 Corvette



NoAdverseDevelopments

73 posts

29 months

Saturday 5th June
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Pica-Pica said:
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.
My Fabia has the then-current design of alloys they used on the Greenline version, so the most aero-efficient design they offered. The steel spare is the exact same size and, with a decent wheel trim, must be more fuel-efficient. The steel wheel is also over 1kg lighter!

thiscocks

2,589 posts

161 months

Saturday 5th June
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Do these count?

Pica-Pica

8,216 posts

50 months

Saturday 5th June
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LuS1fer said:
All Citroens had aerodynamic wheels, even the 2CV, despite being largely
Indeed. My Escort Mk1 had steel wheels with centre caps, the original hub cap (as opposed to wheel cover). They were pretty hard to get off.

CDP

6,847 posts

220 months

Saturday 5th June
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Doofus said:
CDP said:
PomBstard said:
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 Ghia had similar wheels but with three sets of "vents" instead of two. Not to mention the smooth front.

Ford were king when it came to creating range hierarchies.

Grey radiator grille meant scum class...
As did those door mirrors, which weren't remote-adjustable.
No, that is the third class Sierra - the 'L'.

This is proper Scum Class, complete with naked steelies:



From https://sierrabase.wordpress.com/author/sierrabase...

(Nothing to do with me)

ajprice

20,579 posts

162 months

Saturday 5th June
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CDP said:
No, that is the third class Sierra - the 'L'.

This is proper Scum Class, complete with naked steelies:



From https://sierrabase.wordpress.com/author/sierrabase...

(Nothing to do with me)
Seat Bocanegra edition hehe