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Model 3 with center locking wheels?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by loco, Apr 1, 2016.

  1. loco

    loco Member

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    I was wandering if anyone else noticed this:
    bez nazwy.jpg

    To me it looks like center locking wheels, meaning one big screw holding the wheel in place. Like on a Porsche:
    2010-997-centerlocks.jpg

    Are we going to have these wrenches in our garages? Would be sweet :)
    Le_Mans_2010_078.jpg
     
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  2. Bangor Bob

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    Good catch! Lower parts count, less machining, fewer assembly steps, cheaper to produce?
     
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  3. pinski

    pinski Going Plaid

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    Oh I hope not - center locking wheels are generally a pain in the butt. Quite a few folks on Rennlist go out of their way not to have them. I'm hoping this is just a pre-production/concept thing.

    Good catch, though! I honestly didn't even notice.
     
  4. Laserbrain

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    The center locking wheels are probably only for the presentation.

    Same with the carbon fiber rims of the very left model 3 on stage (you have to watch the unveil in HD) - probably just a vinyl wrap.
     
  5. Face_Disguise

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    I gotta say, I'm not a fan of the wheels on the matte black or the red Model 3s from the reveal! I much prefer the turbine-style ones that were on the silver car. I would wager that it's not likely that any of those wheels are final, and there might be different ones available at launch time.
     

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