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Aero Wheel Covers

Does anyone know if there are aerodynamic wheel covers for regular ICU cars?

Telsa's aerodynamic wheel covers supposedly provides a 3.4% increase in fuel efficiency and I was wondering if similar wheel covers are available for "non-Teslas"

I understand that the after-market cost for these would probably negate most fuel savings but it would be interesting to see what's available out there. Quick search on the interwebs don't seem to reveal many after-market sources for "fuel efficient" wheel covers

Not sure why I'm thinking about this - must be Covid-induced boredom :rolleyes:
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If you think wheel covers help fuel efficiency, not sure what to say.
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Take it easy on the go pedal, best improvement you can make to your FE. Wheel covers aren't going to do anything.
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Mods...move this to the wheels section.
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carmaster wrote: If you think wheel covers help fuel efficiency, not sure what to say.
mxthor3 wrote: Take it easy on the go pedal, best improvement you can make to your FE. Wheel covers aren't going to do anything.
Of course wheel covers can improve mpg at highway speeds.
Is it worth it? That depends, but if you want to go ghetto diy, you can just cut some plastic sheet to fit.
There's lots of DIY aero mods if you look at what hyper milers do.
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derass wrote: Try looking on ecomodder

https://ecomodder.com/
Yea, all the hypermiler nuts are there. You'll find people sticking huge chloroplast tails and aero shields on their cars.
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engineered wrote: Yea, all the hypermiler nuts are there. You'll find people sticking huge chloroplast tails and aero shields on their cars.
If anyone's got some ideas about aero wheel covers, it'll be them.
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peteryorkuca wrote: Just get these og rims instead

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That's not aero though. Aero covers are flush on the outside.
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Like what they use for land speed racing.

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You can invest in some lightweight alloys than your MPG and performance will both increase.
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kev604 wrote: You can invest in some lightweight alloys than your MPG and performance will both increase.
That will help in the city but not with highway cruising.
Removing junk from the car and any other unnecessary weight can also help with city mileage.
You can also inflate your tire a bit of but low rolling resistance and narrower tires.
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bobor wrote: Does anyone know if there are aerodynamic wheel covers for regular ICU cars? ..
Make your own.
Cheapie plastic hubcaps + 4 aluminum foil cookie baking sheets from the dollar store + tube of Goop.
Cut the foil baking sheets and glue over the holes in the plastic hub caps.
Less than $20 total for4 wheels = Cheap+ Stylish + aero

https://www.princessauto.com/en/4-pc-wh ... 1000001688
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This is funny to read after coming back from a drive in a 80's muscle car with a big block carb car. I think it uses more fuel to crank over the car then your whole journey (which you are trying to make more efficient) LMAO. To each their own.. good luck
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carmaster wrote: If you think wheel covers help fuel efficiency, not sure what to say.
It's already been proven. VP of Engineering at Tesla claims up to 10% in increased range. https://electrek.co/2017/08/22/tesla-mo ... gineering/

Former Head of Aerodynamics explains in more detail:
https://electrek.co/2018/01/19/tesla-mo ... explained/

Most real life tests have gotten 5% improved efficiency:
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3 ... ency-test/
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a3016 ... ency-test/

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bobor wrote: Does anyone know if there are aerodynamic wheel covers for regular ICU cars?

Telsa's aerodynamic wheel covers supposedly provides a 3.4% increase in fuel efficiency and I was wondering if similar wheel covers are available for "non-Teslas"

I understand that the after-market cost for these would probably negate most fuel savings but it would be interesting to see what's available out there. Quick search on the interwebs don't seem to reveal many after-market sources for "fuel efficient" wheel covers

Not sure why I'm thinking about this - must be Covid-induced boredom :rolleyes:
Not covers but you could put these EV specific aero rims on any ICE vehicle, made to net mileage.

https://pmctire.com/en/wheels/fastwheels/ev01.tire
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EnyCe wrote: It's already been proven. VP of Engineering at Tesla claims up to 10% in increased range. https://electrek.co/2017/08/22/tesla-mo ... gineering/

Former Head of Aerodynamics explains in more detail:
https://electrek.co/2018/01/19/tesla-mo ... explained/

Most real life tests have gotten 5% improved efficiency:
https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-3 ... ency-test/
https://www.caranddriver.com/news/a3016 ... ency-test/

Not debating the facts but IMHO those Tesla wheels are ugly AF to each their own.
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kev604 wrote: Not debating the facts but IMHO those Tesla wheels are ugly AF to each their own.
It's all personal preference, I personally have two of these sets and I don't mind the look. For the ones that don't like it, another good option are the Fast EV01's and they maintain the same efficiency as the aero covers.

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