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Aero wheels

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

  1. liuping

    liuping Active Member

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    I really disliked them the first time I saw them, but I think they sort of grow on you with time. The look better with some colors than others.

    7% is a decent amount of range improvement. I just wish the did not "cheapen" the look of the car, especially since they cost $2500 extra.
     
  2. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    7? I think it's 3%.
     
  3. roblab

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    The more I look at them, the less I like them. I was thinking of having a body shop color match the wheels to the car (I have brown), sort of like the old Mercedes wheel covers. But that doesn't look good either. I like the 5 spoke OEM wheels so much that I will just slow down two miles per hour and reap my 3% that way. Sorry Tesla. Hope you come up with another try later.
     
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    He must be thinking with the LRR tires... Each is quoted as 3% savings. So obviously 3+3=7
    ;-)
     
  5. liuping

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    Sorry, I just used the % from the first post in this thread. I could not find anything specific on Telsa's Site

    For only 3% it's not worth the cost or the asthetic penalty for me.
     
  6. SwedishAdvocate

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    There’s a post on that topic in this thread:

    Why the 19 Aero Rims will Never Sell

     
  7. SwedishAdvocate

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    #507 SwedishAdvocate, Sep 12, 2013
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    (Cross posting since there’s currently discussion in three separate places… :rolleyes: )

    The following is about Tesla’s Aero wheels though:

    Is it possible to remove the black (?) paint?

    Otherwise, perhaps it’s possible to order them from the Italian (?) manufacturer (via Tesla) without the paint. Then one could give them an optional finish or perhaps leave them as is in aluminum. (Or are all aluminum wheels coated in something, even if they look unvarnished?)
     
  8. liuping

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    There are several threads about powder coating the standard rims for about $400-$500. I assume that can be done for the Aeros as well.
     
  9. SwedishAdvocate

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    Crossposting for completeness. (And to shamelessly plug the Aero Wheels for the greater good of all of humanity and then some…) :rolleyes:

    aeros_by_yobigd20.jpg
    Photo credit (and originally posted by): yobigd20
     
  10. brianman

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    I realize it's a crude rendering, but I was too curious to hold back on exploring this...

    AeroModified.jpg

    I suspect with black alloy gators it would look something like the front wheel in this rendering.
     
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    #511 SwedishAdvocate, Sep 26, 2013
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    Made a small addition to Brian’s rendering. I took out the aluminum finished (?) circular centerpiece as well…

    aeros_by_yobigd20_gators.jpg

    …and added one more picture for completeness since I’m already at it :rolleyes:


    aeros_by_J_in_MN.jpg
    Photo credit (and originally posted by): J in MN
     
  12. gg_got_a_tesla

    gg_got_a_tesla Model S: VIN P65513, Model 3 Res Holder

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    Swedish, Bman, love it! Now, that looks cool!
     
  13. Silenus136

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    Saw the new aero wheels on a Tesla in the wild for the first time this weekend, on a new grey MS on the west side of Los Angeles. I really dislike the look in the various photos on this site, but I have to confess, they look much better in real life. Not my first choice, but definitely pretty darn cool.
     
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    #514 K5ING, Oct 6, 2013
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    Anyone good with Photoshop? I'm not, but I'm curious as to how those wheels would look with (body) color keyed "spokes" or background surfaces or maybe with the background painted black. That red one above might make a good one to experiment with.
     
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    Saw one on the road today. Still not a fan
     
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    #516 FVO, Dec 27, 2013
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    On the Dutch forumpart there 's discussion going on about the energy consumption of the Model S, but so far no one has any clue what the difference is between the standard 19" and the Aero 19".
    Is there already one who has tried this one? (snap ons) Whould love to know his/her experience.

    Edit: found the pie-pan-solution.
    Couldn't it be printed by 3D? That way a snap-on-system on the wheel covers can be aplied at the same time.
     
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    Without the shiny outer ring it is a disturbing, unsettling look imo.
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    Those rims are horrendous looking and would not put even on a soupedp Yugo.

    Ian B
     
  19. ChadS

    ChadS Petroleum is for sissies

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    I agree the aero wheels aren't very attractive, but it sure would be nice to get just a tad more efficiency...not to mention having easier-to-clean wheels. So here's another try at minor mods:

    aeros_by_yobigd20.jpg

    Hmm. Nope, don't think that helps. Another:

    aeros_by_yobigd20 - Copy.jpg

    Still not gorgeous, but at least I think it's going in the right direction.
     
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    The second pic is the best attempt I've seen. Still polishing a turd though :wink:
     

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