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post #1 of 24 Old 11-22-2009, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Vitalone's new wheels

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After giving Andrew the runaround as to why Vitalone (Dave) and I have been having problems posting pics of Vitalone's new spectacular wheels on his 308, I realised that we were trying to upload files that were too big. A bit embarassing and sorry to Andrew!!!

Anyhow, Dave askedme to post these to get everyone's comments on how they look. They are Group 4 replicas.

I think they look unbelievable.

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post #2 of 24 Old 11-23-2009, 12:20 AM
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Holy smokes, the grip on that must be unreal now.
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Funnily enough Dave says that the grip in the wet isn't that great.

It has 285s on the back I think.
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Funnily enough Dave says that the grip in the wet isn't that great.
Doesn't surprise me at all. Look at the profile of those tyres. My 550 has got 10 times (not a scientific number...) the water displacement capacity with modern Michelin Pilot Sports and it too gets a bit scary in the wet...

As for the wheels, hopefully I'll see them in real life next week.


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The look great. And I can confirm they look even better in reality. And if you are lucky enough to be following, well they also alert you to bumps and potholes with a puff of smoke from the rear wheel arches.....

Speaking of which, Vitalone - did you get that issue sorted??

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After giving Andrew the runaround as to why Vitalone (Dave) and I have been having problems posting pics of Vitalone's new spectacular wheels on his 308, I realised that we were trying to upload files that were too big.
... files that were too big? or wheels that were too big?!

All kidding aside, these things look incredible! For comparison, below a few period shots featuring similar wheels.
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Dave is in Zimbabwe at the moment and his connectivity may be a bit haphazard. I will be seeing him for breakfast on Saturday though.

I mailed him yesterday saying that he should add a livery of one of the group 4 cars! Would be awesome!
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Thanks for posting Schumacher and for the terrific period pics of the rims used in anger, IPF. Inspirational! I find they have transformed my car from pretty to pretty with an attitude. In the dry the grip feels phenomenal. In the wet the wide rears tend to skim over the water, a bit hairy. More comfortable ride than before with the balloon Michelin period spec racing rubber (wet weather as opposed to dry weather slicks). Next step is to stop the left rear from rubbing the wheel arch at speed on bumpy back roads. Not that there's anything wrong with the smell of burnt rubber-well actually there is.
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Funnily enough Dave says that the grip in the wet isn't that great.

It has 285s on the back I think.
...but they rather look like 335's......
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...but they rather look like 335's......
I agree, and having seen them in the flesh I'd be almost certain they were bigger than 285's. If I remember correctly the normal size markings (i.e. 285/40 etc) were not on them. Could this be because they are based on something from the 80's (and i'm too young to know how they measured tyres back then!!)

Dave - do you know what size they are?

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I agree, and having seen them in the flesh I'd be almost certain they were bigger than 285's. If I remember correctly the normal size markings (i.e. 285/40 etc) were not on them. Could this be because they are based on something from the 80's (and i'm too young to know how they measured tyres back then!!)

Dave - do you know what size they are?
Good point about size. 212Export and Barry. They are racing tyres and marked Michelin TB15. I understood them to be 215 front and 285 rear. But they could be bigger (!) I will check them to see if there is any size given. Thinking of adding a rear arch lip like the rally cars shown in IPF's downloads to gain greater clearance in the rear wheel arches.
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What kind and what size are the wheels?

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The wheels are Compomotive built to special order exclusively for Hawk Cars in Turnbridge Wells, UK. They are 15" in diameter, 8" wide front and a modest 12" wide rear. Finished in Ferrari 1960's-70's racing gold. Am thrilled with them but do need to sort out the left rear tyre hitting the wheel arch at speed on bumpy roads. I don't dig the smell of burnt rubber in the mornings.
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The wheels are Compomotive built to special order exclusively for Hawk Cars in Turnbridge Wells, UK. They are 15" in diameter, 8" wide front and a modest 12" wide rear. Finished in Ferrari 1960's-70's racing gold. Am thrilled with them but do need to sort out the left rear tyre hitting the wheel arch at speed on bumpy roads. I don't dig the smell of burnt rubber in the mornings.
Have no real knowledge here... but a 12" wide rear is about 305mm?? And the tyre appears to be slightly wider than the actual alloy wheel. So could it be a 315 or 325 width or something like that?

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I don't dig the smell of burnt rubber in the mornings.
Yes, you do. But only when intentional....


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Wow are those ever nice! Gorgeous car!
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to pretty with an attitude. In the dry the grip feels phenomenal.

Not that there's anything wrong with the smell of burnt rubber-well actually there is.
pretty......with major muscle attitude.


They really do set the car off perfectly.
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Thank you for your kind words, Gentlemen. I think the looks of the car now match its go-a hardcore driving Ferrari. I dig this Ferrari way more than I expected to.
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Have no real knowledge here... but a 12" wide rear is about 305mm?? And the tyre appears to be slightly wider than the actual alloy wheel. So could it be a 315 or 325 width or something like that?
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