No I have never considered myself to be a Gearhead but I do like nice wheels. I’ve always felt that almost any car can look great if you put a nice set of wheels on it. So, naturally that is one thing I am changing on our (yet-to-arrive) Chevy Volt. The stock wheel options look nice, but we can do better and of course as they say, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder”.
Enter Tire Rack! I’ve used Tire Rack many times in the past and every experience is first rate. The beauty of Tire Rack is that you can search for wheels and tires using a lengthy list of criteria. First and most important is that you can save your specific car in their site and then search for wheels or tires which will fit that exact vehicle. Very helpful!
Since the focus of our new Volt is efficiency, the next criteria I was interested in was wheel weight. The less weight the car has to push, especially in the wheels, the better for attaining optimum EV range. This is one of so many details where Chevrolet has done an impressive job. With the help of my local Chevy dealer I was able to find out that the stock wheels on the Chevy Volt weigh in at 17.6lbs. each. That is pretty light. You can get lighter custom “race” wheels if you want to spend the money of course, but for stock wheels from the factory it is quite impressive.
Now though, can I find after-market wheels of similar weight? Tire Rack didn’t disappoint. Once the choices of wheels were filtered for the car, I could then list them according to wheel weight as well. This is great and is a feature I could not find in ANY other online sources for custom wheels. In fact, of all the other online retailers I searched I could only find one which even showed you the wheel weights at all and its information was sparse and not searchable.
After a significant amount of searching and consideration I finally settled on a set of Focal F10 17″ wheels and ordered them. The wheels arrived this week and they look sharp (shown above in my garage). I think they are going to look great on the Volt! My Chevy Dealer has agreed to swap the original equipment wheels for these custom ones as soon as the Volt is delivered. They’ll be able to install and program the tire pressure monitors on the new wheels for me and be sure it’s all done correctly.
UPDATE: Here is a more recent photo showing these wheels on my car. Love it!
This is going to be fun!