Tesla’s wheels are generally recognized as a strength of the company’s designs and when Tesla unveiled the Model 3 last week, we weren’t disappointed by the prototype’s wheels. The automaker actually displayed a few new wheel designs during the event.
Like all other more novel design features in the Model 3, people are wondering what will make it to production and what will be left out. For example, there were doubts about the lack of instrument cluster making it, but a Tesla representative at the event said that it will make it to production.
The same happened with the new wheel design and one design in particular caught the eye of a few fans who asked Tesla CEO Elon Musk about it. Since Musk was already in a small Tweetstorm, he answered the question:
Later Musk went on another bigger Tweetstorm: Model 3 Mega Tweetstorm: Tons of new info on production ramp, dashboard, trunk and more [Updating]
We also saw a few other new wheel designs but there’s no word on those making it to production:
Independently, Musk also acknowledged that the black matte color was very popular and therefore it makes sense for it to make it to production:
I have to agree. It looks awesome.
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Doesn’t look very aero to me. I’d be making a rim that doesn’t make more air drag, but less. Pumping air in or out of a wheelwell is a 25% of an EV’s aero drag so very important.
Their wheels all seem to be a certain turbine style, or close to that. Pretty sure the turbine style as good as it gets for drag before you go completely covered aero wheels(like in the last pic).
Yes I’m sure you must be an aerodynamics expert, I would love to see the data to back up your claims of better designs, including the ratio of drag coefficient.
It looked awesome until the test rides were given. It seemed to turn into a fingerprint magnet once the rides began.