Where’s our wheels?

This is the new McLaren Mercedes SLR Supercar thingy….

…and it’s wheels look vaguely familiar, don’t they?

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Not only is everyone turbocharging cars right up the yingyang nowadays whilst Saab’s still struggling for a profit, but now the turbine wheels they developed are being copied by McLaren.

At least I’d like to think so.

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Thanks Paul.

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11 Comments

  1. You could look at it this way, Swade. Saab is influencing style at some of the ‘big-name’ car manufacturers. And there are some who say Saab is deal – LOL!

  2. Sorry to disappoint you fellow Saab enthusiasts, but McMercedes SLR had the turbine style wheel design far earlier than Aero-X did. (don’t know whether they invented them, either !)

  3. The McMerc already had these wheels …sometime before the Aero X. They are not really the same, anyways.

    Further, Spyker has some similar wheels to that McMerc.

  4. A note about turbocharging:

    “The first production turbocharged automobile engines came from General Motors. The A-body Oldsmobile Cutlass Jetfire and Chevrolet Corvair Monza Spyder were both fitted with turbochargers in 1962.”

    “BMW led the resurgence of the automobile turbo with the 1973 2002 Turbo, with Porsche following with the 911 Turbo, introduced at the 1974 Paris Motor Show. Buick was the first GM division to bring back the turbo, in the 1978 Buick Regal, followed by the Mercedes-Benz 300D and Saab 99 in 1978.”

    “In the late 1970’s, Ford and GM looked to the turbocharger to gain power, without sacrificing fuel consumption, during not only the emissions crunch of the federal government but also a gas shortage. GM released turbo versions of the Pontiac Firebird, Buick Regal, and Chevy Monte Carlo. Ford responded with a turbocharged Mustang in the form of the 2.3L from the Pinto. The engine design was dated, but it worked well. The bullet-proof 2.3L Turbo was used in early carburated trim as well as fuel injected and intercooled versions in the Mustang SVO and the the Thunderbird Turbo Coupe until 1988. GM also liked the idea enough to evolve the 3.8L V6 used in early turbo Buicks into late 80’s muscle in the form of the Buick Grand National and the pinical GNX.”

    Just wanted to point out that GM has more experience with turbochargers than Saab does :p. Turbos have been around forever, no one really took the idea from Saab.

    BTW, GNX’s are BEASTS.

  5. “Just wanted to point out that GM has more experience with turbochargers than Saab does :p.” Were these good experiences? I beg to differ…

  6. Admittedly, at first, not really. But hey, they did it first. Apparently the problem with those early ones were that they had a high compression ratio, which caused spark knock problems. They fixed it with a water injection system that worked pretty well, though, but owners are dumb and didn’t keep the water reservoir filled. I’m not saying GM is better, I’m just saying Saab wasn’t the first to do it, nor the first to do it right.

    Also…The GNX most definitely is a good experience. OH MY GOD. It’s like driving in a car made of Superman. It’s literally the best single experience I’ve had in a car, riding-wise. By the 80’s, Buick had figured out turbos and my God did they get it right with the Grand National. I mean, look at these numbers on the 87 GNX: 0-60 mph (97 km/h): 4.7 s, 13.4 s/104 mph quarter-mile! It was the fastest production sedan ever built up to that time, and it’s STILL damn fast, even by today’s standards. Hell, that’s .3 seconds faster to 60 and a .2 second faster quarter mile than an 87 Porsche 930 (911 turbo)! Currently, the world’s fastet production sedan is the BMW M5. It’s 0 – 62 time is…4.7 seconds. Quarter mile is 12.8 seconds/115mph. So, the fastest production sedan in the world today (a BMW, the “best cars in the world,” mind you) is a tad slower than the 20-years-its-senior GNX for 0 – 60 times, and it’s only a half-second faster on the quarter mile. Therefore…the GNX was a BEAST.

    Sorry I kinda rambled on there…I really like Buick muscle. Just ignore that.

  7. GNX 🙂 indeed was a beast, until it hit a bend 🙂 🙂 🙂 For straight line speed though, yes, it was very very impressive 🙂

  8. ctm is correct, on both accounts. The Ford Mustang Cobra (80’s early 90’s Fox Body) had “Turbine” style wheels

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