Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    10:25 PM

GasBuddy News Article

47
votes
MPG increases via new wheel design from manufacturer

GasBuddy Blog -- Just when you thought you'd heard it all: car part manufacturers are now looking for weight savings in wheel design- heck- they're looking for weight savings where ever that may be!

According to an MLive.com article, Lacks Wheel Trim Systems LLC has developed a new lightweight automotive wheel that can improve fuel mileage.

Lacks executives said their tests show the wheel, which will be manufactured at Lacks’ factory in Kentwood, can improve gas mileage by 1.1 miles per gallon on the highway and .4 miles per gallon in city driving.

“The Lacks eVOLVE wheel technology provides a direct answer to helping automakers meet increasingly stringent federal fuel efficiency standards,” said James Ardern, director of...


Read the Full Article

Submitted Dec 06, 2012 By: PD
Category: GasBuddy Official Blog > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: MPG increases via new wheel design from manufacturer Back to Topics
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
RicanChief
Rookie Author Virginia Beach

Posts:18
Points:1,390
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Dec 15, 2012 9:47:36 AM

Nah, I don't believe it...this is more manufacturer BS...even if it is true the tire will cost a heck of a lot more than ordinary tires...you'll never recover the cost difference.
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:24,310
Points:2,437,590
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Dec 13, 2012 3:57:11 AM

ROI isn't worth it for me. Drive more thoughtful and keep tires properly inflated, along w/ keeping junk weight out of the vehicle gets more than 1.1 mpg highway extra.
novarce
Veteran Author Orlando

Posts:371
Points:793,955
Joined:Oct 2009
Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 10:37:11 PM

ok
SkooterG
Champion Author Phoenix

Posts:4,008
Points:1,109,400
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Dec 10, 2012 12:06:57 AM

Really? Not sure I am buying those claims.
doghaulr
Rookie Author Denver

Posts:62
Points:42,905
Joined:Aug 2005
Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 7:42:20 PM

take 18 pounds off your butt and see what it does, increases 'your' power, and gives you better performance, so cutting 18#'s in wheels would help mpg
BIGALRPH
Champion Author St. Louis

Posts:1,106
Points:849,450
Joined:Nov 2012
Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 12:29:29 PM

Properly inflated tires are must first. A lighter wheel will add to the overall gain in your MPG. I want to know that not being a solid aluminum alloy will there be a cost savings to the consumer? Will the metal composite resist damage from a winter pothole? I have a boat that I purchased Composite propellers over 10 years ago. I love them, they are forgiving to things when something hits your propeller in the water. This new technology might turn out to be really good in the long run. I guess we will have to wait and see.
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:24,310
Points:2,437,590
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Dec 9, 2012 5:54:26 AM

Bill: I agree, well inflated tires already give an overall good mileage.
Bill8177
All-Star Author Tampa

Posts:932
Points:1,506,720
Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 1:49:40 PM

I can increase my MPG by increasing the air from 35 p/im
To 34 it increases some 1.4 in city driving I'll look into these tires.
honda0105
Champion Author Tallahassee

Posts:24,310
Points:2,437,590
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Dec 8, 2012 3:41:23 AM

1.1 mpg change? Hmmm... not sure my ROI would be even hitting zero, more likely it'll stay in the negatives...
my2002m
Champion Author Tulsa

Posts:9,309
Points:2,491,665
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 6:34:57 PM

Will have to evaluate whether the cost outweighs the benefits.
Dennisjk
Champion Author Detroit

Posts:9,122
Points:2,674,410
Joined:Apr 2006
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 4:02:01 PM

Doesn't sound economical.
spiderjay
Champion Author Little Rock

Posts:4,850
Points:1,381,555
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 3:02:31 PM

no way??
CDMAuto
Champion Author Connecticut

Posts:7,088
Points:1,579,040
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 2:06:24 PM

not a great savings if used on a car that gets 35 miles per gal... Do not think you will recover the increased cost paid for the tire during its usefull life time.
Bearworld
Rookie Author Dallas

Posts:77
Points:182,700
Joined:Aug 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:58:21 PM

heard this yesterday.
Alfied
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:11,308
Points:2,584,185
Joined:Jun 2001
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:56:17 PM

Make believe.
bell05
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:29,590
Points:2,685,460
Joined:Jun 2005
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:34:00 PM

I don't buy this.
MAC48
Champion Author Dallas

Posts:4,048
Points:1,516,110
Joined:Dec 2006
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:26:46 PM

If Lacks new wheel design is as durable, safe and sells at or very near the cost of current OEM wheels, then dropping 18 pounds of weight per vehicle is a good thing. It matters not if one is driving a tiny car or a 1 ton dully 4x4 pickup because a drop of 18 pounds or 20.5, if you have a full size spare, in vehicle weight transported will make any vehicle more efficient in terms of fuel cost per mile driven.
Soglaos
Champion Author Virginia Beach

Posts:4,283
Points:1,460,360
Joined:Feb 2011
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:20:43 PM

Only have to look to Bonnieville Salt Flats for the best design. Make them light weight you have some marginal improvement. Most of this hipe. they want you to believe the savings is there just not to high levels they are claiming
CORKYWC
Champion Author Chicago

Posts:1,192
Points:2,800,770
Joined:Apr 2004
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:14:18 PM

OK
LtRTH
Champion Author St. Louis

Posts:5,019
Points:1,408,430
Joined:May 2011
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:10:48 PM

Said it yesterady and will say it again. Are the mpg figures really accurate? Lately that seems to be a problem.
bouncing4fun
All-Star Author Sacramento

Posts:742
Points:293,120
Joined:Jun 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:10:41 PM

No thanks
furiousfowl
Champion Author Riverside

Posts:19,860
Points:3,499,145
Joined:May 2005
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:07:40 PM

Interesting
GrumpaAB
Veteran Author Edmonton

Posts:449
Points:120,960
Joined:May 2010
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 12:03:51 PM

The cost of each wheel is ? and the savings in fuel seems pretty minimal. How about the engineers take a second look at all the pollution controls and see if they can't find a better way to reduce emissions other than through the complex and expensive methods they now recommend.
julius1st4
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:5,322
Points:1,401,030
Joined:Jul 2003
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:59:47 AM

Lacks eVOLVE had better be right on their gas mileage improvement[ of 1.1 &0.4 mpg].. We definately need more data to believe this. Are the numbers just lab theories or did they test this in the real world??
blitzntj
Champion Author Jacksonville

Posts:6,646
Points:1,402,335
Joined:Dec 2007
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:59:28 AM

rerun
Lizzylou
Champion Author Stockton

Posts:8,818
Points:2,357,285
Joined:Oct 2005
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:59:13 AM

OLD NEWS
jodybull
All-Star Author El Paso

Posts:767
Points:140,880
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:59:10 AM

What about safety, durability, and traction? Doing away with spare tires is nothing new!
littlebigboy
Veteran Author South Dakota

Posts:467
Points:1,548,665
Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:58:45 AM

strength????
nskmda
Champion Author Grand Rapids

Posts:1,933
Points:897,570
Joined:May 2007
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:58:13 AM

doesn't look too much promising...
unless those wheels are cheaper as well...
Nickel2005
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:2,159
Points:1,747,035
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:52:42 AM

OK
esquared
Champion Author Oklahoma City

Posts:10,497
Points:2,600,790
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:51:45 AM

UmHmmm
HoosierDaddyKY
Champion Author Kentucky

Posts:3,519
Points:855,555
Joined:Dec 2011
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:50:17 AM

We shall see...
Bud122CA
Champion Author California

Posts:10,315
Points:2,401,895
Joined:Jul 2008
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:49:53 AM

Seems a lot more research is needed. Safety is the first thing I think of.
midnightsdc
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:4,469
Points:2,146,920
Joined:Jan 2007
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:49:16 AM

They probably bend easier when you hit a pothole.
dad2two
Champion Author Dallas

Posts:6,175
Points:1,417,570
Joined:May 2010
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:46:09 AM

I commented on this yesterday.
wdcutter
All-Star Author Lansing

Posts:829
Points:120,345
Joined:Mar 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:45:54 AM

How many more miles will the lack of a spare tire get you?
Kawibiker
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:1,924
Points:363,835
Joined:May 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:45:30 AM

ok
kelly1016
Champion Author Victoria

Posts:1,953
Points:353,465
Joined:Oct 2011
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:44:49 AM

Old news
sydb7
Champion Author Atlanta

Posts:6,030
Points:2,648,050
Joined:Mar 2003
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:42:53 AM

Ok. Just so long as the wheels don't come off while you are driving at a high speed!
Remotecontrol
Veteran Author Ottawa

Posts:329
Points:125,940
Joined:Mar 2010
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:42:46 AM

Custom builders have been doing this for years and not only wheels. As usual it takes a govenrment demand for the automakers to catch up.
smoketown
Champion Author Cincinnati

Posts:9,388
Points:2,164,060
Joined:Feb 2008
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:42:20 AM

Remember, Pearl Harbor DAY is today !!
waynemustang
Champion Author Indiana

Posts:9,231
Points:2,428,960
Joined:Nov 2006
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:38:44 AM

All else being equal, lighter wheels are better, but all else is not equal.
IMLURCH
Champion Author Minnesota

Posts:5,507
Points:1,903,225
Joined:Mar 2009
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:38:07 AM

This is an old story. All news stories should only be in the Top 5 Recent News for 1 day.
bridgerunner
Champion Author Virginia

Posts:11,301
Points:1,816,935
Joined:Jul 2009
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:37:08 AM

Reinventing the wheel... ;-)

I'm guessing their results are "over inflated"

--------------------------------------------------------------------------
Excellent replies!!!
splitrman
Champion Author Victoria

Posts:4,372
Points:1,115,470
Joined:Jun 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:36:05 AM

I'm guessing their results are "over inflated"
AmericaSL
Veteran Author Utah

Posts:388
Points:2,210,310
Joined:Jan 2006
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:31:20 AM

Reinventing the wheel... ;-)
Hugo40
Champion Author Kentucky

Posts:10,935
Points:2,410,810
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:26:26 AM

Old news.
HA4CNN
Champion Author Toronto

Posts:8,762
Points:2,306,115
Joined:Dec 2006
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:23:19 AM

Every little bit helps so long as it does not increase the price of the over all vehichle.
gaseye2010
Champion Author Maine

Posts:1,504
Points:327,355
Joined:Jul 2010
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:20:54 AM

As long as they stand up.
eagle_scout
Champion Author St. Louis

Posts:9,686
Points:2,237,120
Joined:Jul 2004
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:20:00 AM

Get savings where ever you can.
CocoPaz
Champion Author Santa Barbara

Posts:7,905
Points:1,155,055
Joined:Jun 2012
Message Posted: Dec 7, 2012 11:19:03 AM

joeshmo12: right

We are praying for those of you hurt by H. Sandy.
Post a reply Back to Topics