Hey guys, in my spare time (hahah, yeah, right), I have been doing a little work on some drawings for some new drag wheels. Most available out there IMO is mismatched, appropriated from some other form of RC car, too expensive or just too damn hard to find or get a hold of. That, or what has been used offers little choice for racers wanting something different or more contemporary.
At first, I'm interested in looks above performance, with a consideration for strength, durability and lightness. I want them to look good on the cars, which so few wheels do today. I want nice looking aluminum wheels like we used to have back when LazerLite and Tecnacraft were making R/C wheels that were gorgeous. However, I also an interested in making the wheels out of Delrin and/or 6/6 Nylon as well, for actual race use. These will all be machined and not molded, so I can be flexible with design styles in small quantities.
What are the things that you would look for in wheels? Appearance? Color? Styles? Lightness? Durability?
What styles would most interest you? What sizes?
My first step is some rough scale drawings of a few ideas, followed by a materials and production quote based on a small run of wheels. I've begun working though some front wheel designs (below), but I figure once wheel blanks are made, then there should be an easy leap to different styles. I'm also planning both aluminum (looks) and plastic (racing), but I do want to make the aluminum versions race-worthy.
Here's a couple of roughs of the first few designs for 2" fronts...
Spyder (needs some adjustments still)
Let me know what you think. At first, the idea is for 1/10th front and rears, but if there isn't enough interest to do these in any reasonable quantities, I may not pursue this much further.