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neat looking wheels

I would love to see how these do after hitting a curb at 30mph in subzero weather... If they can stand that and the brake dust, that would be pretty cool.

http://news.windingroad.com/auto-new...-ma-no-spokes/
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that is so cool i wish i had money to throw away.
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I don't know... they probably cost a fortune, and I can't imagine what would happen with brake dust, brake heat, snow, rain, potholes, etc.
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Id also like to see how they would hold up to and what they would look like after being driven a few times with the very acidic deicer they use here in Montana. Since its enough to slowly melt you wiper rubber and cloud and yellow your plastic headlights I bet it would have the same affect on those wheels. But I suppose for mostly show use theyre no more impractical then the giant rims people put on their cars that only have a half inch of rubber between metal and road, and the metal of the rim sticks out beyond the rubber.
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I would be very concerned with brake heat build-up since those wheels are a solid piece and allow zero airflow
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Can you say warped rotors? Cool idea for show cars though.
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lots of plastics are stronger than steel. More 'recoverable' flexibility too. Transparency complicates things but not too much.

Cost is generally the issue. A stamped steel wheel can be had for 5 bucks and there won't be any doubt to it's performance in marginal weather and road conditions. Even custom-design aluminium wheels can be made for $300 each at a milling shop.

Those poly wheels could cost well over a grand each and be 'show-car only' items.
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i like em. dont see why you couldnt poke a couple of slots or holes in them if you were worried abour brake heat. and have leds in the wheel that light up the plastin the center of the wheel, that would look pretty cool if, hopefully not ricey if done right.
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Those wheels are not intended for daily driving, nor are spinners. I can only imagine most of those will end up on show cars and weekend toys that sleep in a garage at night.

Even my 12 year old sprialcasts come off for the winter.

I do see the importance of venting a brake in a performance car or a performance driver, tow vehicle and for retards that ride the brake down a hill.
Although venting of brakes for commuter cars is overrated.
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Maybe they would be able to make them Spokes??? It would have to be done a certain way though, so they didnt look retarded. They look really cool like that though.
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