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Metal/Plastic Car Wheel Boosts MPG
2/8/2013

The eVOLVE Hybrid Wheel made of metal and plastic, designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE, has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.  (Source: Lacks Wheel Trim Systems)
The eVOLVE Hybrid Wheel made of metal and plastic, designed for the 2012 MYFord Focus SE, has shown an increase of 1.1 MPG highway in third-party tests, compared to the car's standard production wheel.
(Source: Lacks Wheel Trim Systems)

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sensor pro
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Re: Huge improvement
sensor pro   2/9/2013 11:10:26 PM
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Me too. I would never think that. In my opinion if weight is the problem, there are other items thay can make lighter, like frame, seats, booth hoods, etc....

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Metal/Plastic car wheels
Gorski   2/9/2013 3:19:16 PM
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I think this wheel is a small step in the right direction. What would make a bigger impact is using this technology to make automobile bodies and large internal components,aka seats. lighter. The wheel weight reduction is too small an increment of automobile weight.

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Metal/Plastic car wheels
Gorski   2/9/2013 3:19:16 PM
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I think this wheel is a small step in the right direction. What would make a bigger impact is using this technology to make automobile bodies and large internal components,aka seats. lighter. The wheel weight reduction is too small an increment of automobile weight.

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tekochip   2/9/2013 10:05:50 AM
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I'm really surprised, I would have guessed it was all about the rotating mass.  I never would have thought that the drag from the wheel would make such a difference.


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Huge improvement
Charles Murray   2/8/2013 6:00:09 PM
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An improvement of 1.1 mpg is huge. Automotive engineers spend months and months just trying to find a few tenths of a mile-per-gallon. If these third party tests are right and if automakers find this to be economically feasible for production, then this is a gigantic step forward.  

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Ford F150 also
GTOlover   2/8/2013 4:03:30 PM
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I also think the F150 was shown with an aerodynamic wheel that also incorporated shutters to close up the slots at high speeds and open for slow speeds (to provide adequete brake cooling).

I think it was also eVOLVE wheel design.

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