The Wheels of Time

Final Nine

by LOUIS CORDONY

Weird world of fast cars

Nine rolling designs so great they deserve bedroom posters all of their own

1 FALCON GT-HO

Intended for the haunches of the XY Phase IIIís successor, the Globe-designed 15-inch wheel was off ered to XY owners by Ford when the Phase IV didnít materialise. In eff ect, the Ferrari Daytona-inspired design is remembered as one of Ozís greatest.

2 GALLARDO LP560-4

Made from aluminium, Lamborghiniís 19- inch Cordelia wheel would have you torn between leaving it on the car or mounting it in a glass case in your living room. Three designs were off ered for the Gallardo, but it should have been the only option.

3 MUSTANG GT350R

While the GT350Rís 19-inch wheel wonít win a beauty pageant, the carbonfi brebased design sheds seven kilos from an aluminium equivalent. And the wheels will be made by Australian dark-weave gurus Carbon Revolution to boot.

4 BROCK SS GROUP A

Keeping in line with the HDT SS Group Aís aerodynamic theme, its wheels used a Ďturbofaní style made famous by the Porsche 935. The 16-inch wheel was off ered in polished alloy, but optional white suited the carís Formula Blue best.

911 SPORT CLASSIC

Developed for the 911, the aluminium ĎFuchsí wheel became as iconic as the chassis to which it was bolted. The fi veleaf design vanished from model ranges in 1989, but returned for the 997-series Sport Classic edition as a stunning retro delight.

ALFA ROMEO 8C

One of the prettiest telephone-dial designs youíll see exists at each corner of Alfa Romeoís 8C. The car itself wasnít considered the best drive, but the 8Cís set of 20-inch wheels provided the shoes to complement its stunning Italian design.

7 AUDI RS4 AVANT

Audiís fi ve-arm rotor design looked tough on the TT RS, but really thrived under the wide guards of the recent RS4 Avant. Key to its appeal were muscular off sets, thanks to being nine inches wide, and a spoke design that was both simple and dramatic.

8 FERRARI F40

Seventeen inches is pretty small for a supercar wheel these days, but the F40 is of a diff erent era. Even so, the single-nut hubs in the middle of its Speedline-built split rims have become a trademark of wheels on todayís ultimate supercars.

9 INTEGRALE EVO II

While they would be a nightmare to wash, the Lancia Delta Integraleís boxy steroidal look couldnít have looked tougher on any other wheel than the 18-spoke Speedline Monte Carlos featured on the Evo II. A legendary match born in the WRC.

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