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Old 10-22-2020, 05:47 PM   #3606 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by sgtlethargic View Post
I thought that maybe you thought the body looked old. I like this shot of that car, I like vintage design, and I like the looks of some wire wheels. Wire wheels do seem like an odd choice on this. I'm guessing they're motorcycle wheels.
Somewhere on this site, I've seen an old GT car with almost the same profile. It looks great, but they didn't make two. Presumably, it got very tail-happy at speed.
Wire wheels for that diameter and load come out pretty light, but motorcycle parts don't give any offset, which compromises the suspension. I used bike parts myself, but added smooth covers using model aircraft materials. If I was building a sensibly-sized electric car like this, I'd sure stay with the 17" rims, in hopes that Michelin will some day sell the Solar Racer tires. While waiting, I might add belts and pressure to MC carcases.
There is no excuse for a land vehicle to weigh more than its average payload.
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