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Aero wheels

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by richkae, Oct 3, 2011.

  1. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    Doesn't it seem most likely that the wheels that enable 320 mile range will be smooth flat discs with no openings at all?
    Did anybody get any information at all on the wheels?

    If so, how many are interested in the 7% gain for an "aesthetic penalty"?
     
  2. Lloyd

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    I was told that they have not been designed yet.
     
  3. richkae

    richkae VIN587

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    How can they know they get 320 miles if they havent tried them yet?
     
  4. felixtb

    felixtb RsEU502,Sp+14274,XpEUSig4

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    computer simulatons are pretty accurate these days. suspect they have the concept down in the simulator but no final "design" on them yet.
     
  5. Lloyd

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    Computer sinulations??? I was told that they had several models on paper.
     
  6. Doug_G

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    They probably have made a butt-ugly test article and got it to work.
     
  7. felixtb

    felixtb RsEU502,Sp+14274,XpEUSig4

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    just an inference to the possibility of prior knowledge of something not "designed" yet. and any way I would also say I have a design on paper although it is in the comport. it's just the way you stil talk about designs that are not finished or prototyped yet. so no one told me anything. just helping with your previous question
     
  8. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Vey much possible. Much like Time Trial bicycles (one of which was pictured in the Model S brochure that we got at the factory): Individual time trial - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - "Deep section or solid disc wheels are often used to reduce turbulence around the spokes, but these can affect handling in windy conditions."
     
  9. bonnie

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    My guess ... they have enough actual test knowledge to be able to make the public claims (because there was enough new information that the aerodynamic tires/20 more miles of range didn't need to be announced). I'd also venture a guess that the actual design is being held until finalized for a variety of reasons - leave something else to show for the wow factor in the future, don't give away all the secrets sooner than necessary, use the public interest as part of supplier contract negotiation, etc.
     
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    I asked Franz about them directly. He said "they don't look too bad considering". So I gather that there is a design. And it isn't the prettiest wheel ever, but he doesn't think it will ruin the look of the car.
     
  11. Citizen-T

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    I bet the Model S tops 300mi in the EPA test even without the tires. I think Tesla has learned how to under promise and over deliver. Good strategy.
     
  12. richkae

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    Let me pose the question as this:
    If the aerodynamic wheels are the same price, give +7% range but are slightly less attractive, will you get them?
    How about more than less attractive - all the way to fugley, will you get them?
     
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    For me, the range is already more than sufficient. I wouldn't sacrifice aesthetics for a tiny bit more.
     
  14. zack

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    Next thing you know they'll be all the rage. No matter what they look like.
     
  15. Lloyd

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    I noticed that the 19 inch wheels will be subject to curb damage if you are not careful as the wheel extends outside the protective rim of the tire!
     
  16. VolkerP

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    I will get the aerodynamically optimized wheels. Highway travel speeds here are 80-100mph. Any drag reduction will be big help in not loosing to much range.
     
  17. kgb

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    Short of "repulsive," I'd consider the aerodynamic wheels. This car makes a statement... the wheels can make a statement too. If you don't act like the wheels are ugly, all the other car owners will be jealous that they can't have aerodynamic wheels. These will be the "spinners" of the 2010's!!!!
     
  18. doug

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    Bring on the hubcaps...
     
  19. ckessel

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    It's awfully rare I'd need to stretch out those extra 20 miles, so I'll say no. If they were something you could attach when needed somehow, then maybe.
     
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    I'm confused.....has anyone actually seen even a sketch of these wheels?
     

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