RIMS

Wheels make or break a car. My zero emission hero needed appropriate rims, but it was easier said than done due to the sizes required not being in huge demand these days.The trouble is, we needed to bin the 10-inch originals for 12-inch front and 14-inch rear wheels. That meant most styles were either for old Minis (going up to 13-inch) or most other styles didn’t stoop as small as 12-inch. Bummer.A big thanks to Bling Rims and R Tec for their efforts, but ultimately barely any brand new wheels could fit the bill. I decided to go old school and secondhand.

Delving into British alloy wheel history was the solution. The classic 41-year old Wolfrace slot mag design was not only era perfect for the Flux Capacitor, but lightweight. Oh, and I managed to easily find a pair of 12x5s (in Bristol, for £50) and a pair of deepish dish 14x7s (in Coventry, off the front of a Trans-Am, £100). So seventies, but so yum.

These immediately went to the workshop to be measured and fitted up. Webster Race Engineering needed them to set the suspension level and rear axle width. This side shot shows the final stance, with a pleasing amount of rear arch tuck.

When the body’s in paint I will have them refurbished by Wicked Wheels (www.wickedwheels.co.uk) because the job they did on my Lotus Eclat rims was absolutely mint.