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Old 07-10-2012, 11:39 AM   #11 (permalink)
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FYI, Tesla is now claiming an industry best drag coefficient of .24 for the Model S. Not clear whether that's in standard trim, or with the aero wheels.

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:57 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Oh, right it looks to suck air under the car... I'd flip those around then.
I think you'd need right and left handed wheels in that case!
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Those rims look very functional. It appears to suck air out from under the car. I bet it cools the brakes quite well. And they probably help keep the car glued to the ground. Now if they used them well enough to route air through them and help cool the engine/ driveline then that's even better. If they channel forward then it might even propel the car forward a bit. Overall looks like a design I've had in my head for a while.
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They *really* need to have a mirrored set of rims for the right side; if they are hoping to reduce the drag of the stock wheels.

I have only every seen those "turbine" wheels -- do we have any images of the "aero" wheels?

Edit: found one image!

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Apparently, due to lack of response from reservation takers as well as supplier issues, this wheel type has been cancelled. Grr.
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Are the aero wheels' range improvements in writing? | Forums | Tesla Motors

I checked via the Design Studio as well - they're no longer an option. Gone.
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Unless those wheels have specific right and left side versions, all that will happen is a self-induced crosswind, as air will be drawn in on the passenger side and blown out on the driver side.

Better to try WalMart pizza pans instead. Or Porsche Design 90 or sewer lid wheels off a 928.
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Why not make you own, with a louver press?


Lefts and rights, suck or blow, innies or outies. Not my idea, it was Harry Bradley, in a magazine from the 1980s that I have no hope of finding; so I Photoshopped it.

Please don't do this to pizza pans, get a proper Moon disc. I got a set of 4 at a swap meet for $5.00.
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Here's a much better picture of these aero wheels from Tesla:



Here's the thread by the owner:

Has anyone actually purchased the aero wheels? | Forums | Tesla Motors

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