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Lighter Wheels

Discussion in 'Wheels / Suspension / Tires / Brakes' started by red95solsi, Apr 23, 2003.

  1. red95solsi

    red95solsi Senior Member

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    I know that Lighter wheels makes the car handle better and accelerate faster but do they give more power to the wheels like make there be less power loss between engine and wheels or how does it make the car faster i know it is easier to turn lighter wheels then heavier ones but do they add more power to them also
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    pretty much a less power lost through them
    they dont require as much power to turn so they eat up less
    thus producing higher numbers at the wheels

    kinda like getting rid of the AC / PS or having a lightweight flywheel ... you dont make any more power you just use the power you have more efficiently
     
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    liquid00meth Senior Member

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    yes. Lighter wheels yield quite the advantage.
     
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    i've heard taking 10 lbs off on the wheels(20 lb wheel -vs- 10lb wheel) is like taking 100 lbs on the body.. this true?
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    that is its aproximate effect on acceleration
    1lb rotational = 10lbs static
     
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    K2e2vin Senior Member

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    wouldnt the static weight change as the car starts to go faster? because all of the weight is being spun faster?
     
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    E_SolSi Member of the 20 nut club Moderator VIP

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    in not too sure what your asking here.... the static weight doesnt really change ... unless you want to count the gas thats being used, or if you throw something out the window, etc.... or maybe downforce at speed ... but i really wouldnt consider that "static"

    for rotational mass removing 1lb from the rim/tire assembly will have about the same effect on acceleration as removing 10lbs from the static chassis weight (interior, body pannels, you, etc)

    so removing 10lbs (2.5lbs per wheel) would have the effect of removing 100lbs from the weight of the car (about 0.10 in the 1/4 mile) if all other factors remain the same (tire diameter, tire compound, air temperature, driving, traction, etc...)
     
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    I have 15 inch Rota Slipstreams and I could tell a differance in take-off. Not to mention they make the car look much better... :D
     
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