The Secret to Big Wheel Proportions
15 November 2013 - Autoblog
The latest video in Autoline's excellent Design Handbook series, which has already covered topics like the bone line and why the gas tank is on the right or left, takes a look at a kind of love-it, hate-it category in its latest video.
Large-diameter wheels, like the kind that have seemingly increasingly become common in the automotive marketplace, are strong visual features on vehicles but often come at the expense of ride comfort. And as the video points out, they also have an impact on how much a vehicle costs to run.
Host Jim Hall also runs through the history of bigger wheels, and some of their more practical applications, like fitting larger brakes, along with other design tactics manufacturers use to to give the illusion of larger hoops.