Today we are talking about the efficiency of my new martian wheels and Vogue Signature V tire setup that I got for my Tesla Model 3. Let’s see how they both worked for me by efficiency. When you’re measuring the efficiency of an EV, there are a lot of factors that go into it. Some of them are,
- Traffic around you
- Road quality
- Uphills and Downhills
So what I’ve done is I’ve been using the martian wheels. This new wheel and tire setup for 2,800 miles. I’m going faster around 320 to 340 watt-hours per miles what I’m seeing daily, and a few things go into that it’s not just the wheels. It’s the wheels and the tires.
I think actually the tires are more important than the wheels because the tires are what’s gripping the road. If they have a lot of grips, you know that’s a good thing because it means your car’s gripping the road. You have better traction. It’s better for performance and all these things. But it takes a lot more energy also to move those tires and so. The tires that come with a Tesla vehicle and I’m sure other EVs also are low rolling resistance, and they put these on there.
When I bought the tires for martian wheels. they weren’t cheap. It’s not like I bought the cheapest tires I could find. but they also weren’t the most expensive. And I did not get low rolling resistance. It was difficult because I didn’t feel like I had all that many choices. There were a couple like ridiculously cheap tires that I wasn’t going to buy, and then there were a few tires that were just super expensive. Not so much in the mid-range. It took me a long time to pick what I wanted.
But I ended up going with the Vogue tires. The few reviews I could find were good. And overall I would say I’m actually really happy with them. The noise is really good. The ride comfort is fine. It’s not exceptional, it’s not like it’s way better than the tires that came with the car. But it’s good it’s not worse at all. I would say it’s around the same and I was always happy with it anyway.
Tesla Model 3 Martian wheels – What to Expect
Now thinking about the wheels, Martian wheels are a lot lighter than the stock Aero wheels. They’re about 30% lighter or so. But even though these new wheels look very nice. They’re a lot lighter and I like that a lot. It will lead to a battery range increase. But they have a disadvantage in that they’re not as aerodynamic of course as the Aero wheels. And that’s kinda the whole point of the Aero wheels. I didn’t really mind the look with the caps on.
But when you have that plastic cap on the air can go fast your wheels a lot easier and a wheel-like we have now or a normal wheel on a car. Because the air can kind of go in and out of those wheels. Well with the Aero wheels that smooth surface allows your car to be a lot more slippery going through the air and gives you a pretty big efficiency boost.
Now another option with these Martian wheels is you can actually get them thinner. So when I bought them, I thought I was gonna take the stock tires that came with my car and put them on these Martian wheels. So I wasn’t the same stock size the same width the eight and a half-inch width. But unfortunately, by the time I got the new wheels, I’d put too many miles on the tires and I could have switched them over. But they were kind of ready and the discount tire was gonna give me some money for them. So I decided to get some new tires now.
If you’ve seen the YouTube channel Out of spec motoring, they also got the same wheels that I got. Except they got the seven and a half-inch width. So their tires are a bit thinner, and that gives you much better efficiency. there’s less tire contacting the road. So less-friction. Now he has a performance model three. And he had the 20-inch tires, and he went down to this much way lighter 18-inch tires and they’re thinner. So his efficiency skyrocketed, and after seeing that I’ve got a wish. I would have gotten the thinner tires, and I definitely what about them for that efficiency boost. But as I said, I thought I was gonna move my old tires over.