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New 13 x 5 Knock-On Wheel Option

PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Dec 09, 2022 10:20 am

For those of you who like this sort of thing, I spotted this on a Facebook page. Force Racing Wheels have started to produce a 13x5 Elan knock-on wheel for standard fitment.

Homage has been paid to the original Hickman designed wheel, with Lotus emblem shaped cut-outs on the inner part.

Their website is here: http://www.force-racing.co.uk/

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PostPost by: TBG » Fri Dec 09, 2022 12:57 pm

At £250 plus a rim! Gosh Tim you will be sticking sidestripes on your car next! D
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PostPost by: trw99 » Fri Dec 09, 2022 1:04 pm

I can assure you, David, I shall not being going near these wheels!

But I’ll be keeping the stripes.

And gold bumpers!

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PostPost by: pharriso » Fri Dec 09, 2022 1:21 pm

Surprised to find no one else thinks that these wheels are hideous.... :roll:
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PostPost by: elated » Fri Dec 09, 2022 2:37 pm

Give us a chance.
(To borrow an in-period phrase) "All done in the best possible taste"
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PostPost by: elans3 » Fri Dec 09, 2022 3:13 pm

Ghastly.....
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Dec 09, 2022 3:38 pm

I like them, based on the facts.

They do follow the original beautiful steel wheel design.
How would You do an alloy ?
They also sort of remind me of my Aero wheels from my SAAB. So to me a added bonus, I suspect they help cool brakes. Their Turbo or Nutter would be nice to see rendered too.

Are they not a 2 piece?

What are the other alloy wheel options, nothing new in years. Also, (again for me) nothing looks perfect on a Elan but the original. I would guess if we see these on some different coloured cars (&+2), silver, gold, heaven-forbid blue, yellow they would/could look the part. Also, likely with some shinny C/V shafts inboard, or some fancy racing bonnet catch thing. :o

TireRack has the ability to show rims on your choice of car in your colour. Someone has time to fix Force’s site to allow this, or do some digital photo editing…

What did people say when MiniLite, Pana, Wolf came on the scene? If they didn’t, and they did now…
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PostPost by: alanr » Fri Dec 09, 2022 4:12 pm

They look terrrible to my eyes! Somebody will buy them though I guess :roll:

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PostPost by: SimonH » Fri Dec 09, 2022 6:14 pm

They look pretty nasty. I have a feeling force wheels had a reputation for not lasting very well.
Personally if I were looking to fit a very expensive alloy that looks like the lotus steel I’d get the image elan wheels. Much rather have a repro steel like sue miller used to be able to supply though.
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PostPost by: mbell » Fri Dec 09, 2022 7:33 pm

This wheel are quite popular in the mini word. My brother has a set of 10" on his Mini, that he actually won as a prize quite a few years ago.

Not really to my taste either but not a bad thing that there more wheel options.
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PostPost by: Barney » Fri Dec 09, 2022 7:53 pm

I'd challenge you to notice the difference between these alloys and steel from over 3 feet away. Its just the thickness inside the holes that gives the game away.
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PostPost by: h20hamelan » Fri Dec 09, 2022 9:40 pm

Those wheels sure are nice Barney!
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PostPost by: The Veg » Fri Dec 09, 2022 10:25 pm

I'm not crazy about them as shown -with neither car nor tyre attached- and I'm not a fan of the look of fasteners around the periphery either, but I'm still curious to see what these look like on a car. Not that I want them, just curious.

Now somebody may want to consider making some compatible wheels in other rim-sizes if 13" tyres continue to get more difficult to find, but that's a different discussion.
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Dec 10, 2022 12:11 am

Barney wrote:I'd challenge you to notice the difference between these alloys and steel from over 3 feet away. Its just the thickness inside the holes that gives the game away.


Yes, your wheels look very nice, but they are not the ones in Tim's original post.
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PostPost by: Barney » Sun Dec 11, 2022 6:59 pm

pharriso wrote:
Barney wrote:I'd challenge you to notice the difference between these alloys and steel from over 3 feet away. Its just the thickness inside the holes that gives the game away.


Yes, your wheels look very nice, but they are not the ones in Tim's original post.


Not my wheels I'm afraid, just somebody in the local East Yorkshire Lotus Owners Club (with more money than sense?).

Note they can do them in 13 to 15 inch size

https://www.imagewheels.co.uk/elan-billet-alloy-wheel/
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