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Would you rock solid/flat/smooth wheels for more range?

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by Lysol, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Lysol

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    Title says it. Would you opt for solid, flat, and smooth wheels on your Model 3 if it gave you a small range increase?
     
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    Hell No even if it gave me an extra 100 miles of range. I also think these also look terrible.

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  3. Lysol

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    Hmmm, I should have put a poll on this thread. oh well...
     
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    IIRC, Tesla tried to sell Model Ss a few years ago with mostly flat wheels and nobody bought them so they discountinued them. I wouldn't buy them either.
     
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    Does anyone have real world numbers on the effect on range?
     
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    I guess if it were on an 80-mile range EV and it gave me an extra few miles, I might consider it. But on a 200+ mile range EV, no thanks, if it makes the car look like a "weirdmobile".
     
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    Actually? I thought these wheels were beautiful. I misread the intent of this thread at first. No, I wouldn't go with pizza pie hubcaps or Volkswagen/Porsche domed wheel covers. But no, I also wouldn't go for extreme low resistance with incredibly narrow 165 tires inflated to 60 PSI and worn down to bald spots with no tread either.
     
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    Bjorn Nyland might... He used to have those old Aero wheels on his Model S.
     
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    Covered wheels.... covered wheels.jpg
     
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    Just as soon as someone brings back the sport coupe with running boards, this will be absolutely awesome!
     
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    So basically negligible. And if there's an up-charge for the Aero wheels, then definitely not worth it.
     
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    #13 David99, Nov 2, 2016
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    I do. I had custom made solid disks on my Model for about 5000 miles. They make a significant difference. The effect is entire aerodynamic, so the faster you go, the more the positive effectiveness. On a road trip from Los Angeles to Minneapolis it gave me about 8-9% better range/lower energy consumption and thus saved me time on charging as well. In city driving (at lower speeds) the effect is much less.

    I actually got a lot of positive feedback from people about the look. I really wish Tesla would offer simple attachable disks or true disk rims for those who want it. It's funny for people are so concerns about range loss and are willing to pay a lot of money for a slightly larger battery, but this solution would give you more range for a very small cost.

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    8-9% is huge considering a newer model with a range of 300+ miles that's an additional 24 miles. For me that's an entire one way trip to work.

    3% I might pass on but 8-9% and now you have my attention.
     
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    I love the looks of your car.
    IIRC you mentioned the biggest problem was noise from disks vibrating?
     
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    @xtraero on Instagram has some good looking wheels in development.
     
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    I was able to get that under control with some foam, but not completely. The attachment of the disk itself is a problem in many ways that's why I ended up taking them off. But the concept works really well. Someone just needs to make it a real product, ideally a true closed (or almost closed) disk rim.
     
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    #20 dhanson865, Nov 2, 2016
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    Smaller wheels would increase range as well. I do so hope that Model 3 and Y have much smaller calipers so I can run smaller wheels. I'd run 15" if I could but I know that 17" or 18" will be more likely.

    I actually had 15" Honda EV wheels machined so the center bore would fit on a Leaf. Switching from heavier 16" wheels to lighter 15" wheels with closed face increased the range a ton (think double digit percentage) because of lighter wheels, lighter tires, narrower tires, better aero and so on.

    The lack of common aero wheel options and the insanely large calipers are one of the biggest reasons I'll avoid getting a CPO S instead of a 3 or Y. Though AP2 HW and the HEPA filter are up there on my nice to have list.
     
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