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For all the crazy rides on display at the SEMA show in Las Vegas, it seems every year a pair of rims manages to attract the most attention. A few years ago it was the arrival of 30-inch rims. Last year it was the $1,000,000 rims from Asanti. This year all we've heard about are these clear wheels that we just have to go check out, so check them out we did before the show closed last night. The D'Vinci Forgiato Radurra wheels are made from polycarbonate and are totally transparent where one would expect to see spokes. The wheel on display featured 1.5-inch think polycarbonate, while the set installed on the Mercedes-Benz CLS had 2-inch thick polycarobonate. Each wheel costs $2,000, which is a bargain compared to the $250k you need to cough up roll on just one Asanti rim. You'll need the extra dough, though, to keep these clear wheels clean of brake dust.

Bunch more pics after the jump.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      On a motorbike, I'd think a crosswind could be disasterous.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Tacky. Can't even drive them to a cruise night without fear of damaging them. All flash - no dash!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Evan, 2K for a plastic wheels is not too steep for something that is so new - innovation usually demands a high price...

      It happens to anything new in any market - LCD TVs, Toys, Video Game Systems, clothes.... Prices will drop once the product becomes main stream...
      • 8 Years Ago
      OMG AHHH I HATE STAR TREK, #26! I have a deadly fear of Spock.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Can these clear rims be bought for trucks? If so where can they be ordered from?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Seems like it's much cooler on a bike (and maybe more practical)
      • 8 Years Ago
      Polycarbonates can with stand temps. up to 374-500°F Before they start to melt. With the correct ventilation to the wheel well there would not be a problem for over heating, on top of that the rate of air moving along on the outer side of the wheel would keep it cooler. Also I very highly doubt that while breaking the pad and rotor would come close to 300 degrees, but I do not know, as I don't have the equipment to test it out. So yes this may be a good prediction of who will buy it...

      - Morons
      - Brake component manufacturers
      - Suspension component manufacturers
      - Wonder Woman

      But people who know how to vent the wheel well, and change minor parts to keep breaking heat down, will have no problems with these rims.
      • 8 Years Ago
      As said before, kinda cool but wouldn't buy them myself, even if a lot cheaper. Too heavy and melt too easily. And maybe just a bit too excentric...

      Hubless wheel was mentioned earlier. Wasn't it invented by Franco Sbarro? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hubless_wheel
      • 8 Years Ago
      anti-bling bling!!! LOL!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      First theres the see through tire, The Michelin tweel, now this.
      • 8 Years Ago
      These Rims are ALL SHOW and NO GO!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      #14, don't you know anything? Star Trek told us that transparent aluminum is lighter than poly/acrylic. So, a 2 inch slab of poly weighs more than aluminum! ;)
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