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Wood Wheels, All Wheel Drive, And The Hoonigans…What Can Go Wrong Here?


Wood Wheels, All Wheel Drive, And The Hoonigans…What Can Go Wrong Here?

While we can’t tell for sure exactly what was the last vehicle that came from the factory with a wood spoked wheel was, we can say with certainty that wood spokes were pretty much done by the mid-1930s. Originally touted for the wood’s resiliency and ability to be repaired compared to wire spoked and capable of providing a softer ride than steel disc wheels thanks to the natural flexibility of the wood, by the mid Thirties roads had gotten better and speeds had climbed. Outside of those primitive automobiles, you don’t see much in the way of wooden wheels on a vehicle anymore.

That is, unless you know our favorite bunch of misfits.

Hoonigan has messed with wooden wheels before, last time on a Ford truck. But this time they want to know if you can slide around a car with wooden wheels. That’s why this 1980s Audi, wearing only the best wood siding job $34 can buy, is sitting on what looks like cask bottoms. Is this a good idea? This is the generation of Audi that coined the term “unintended acceleration”, so naturally it would make a good choice for testing out the Audi’s ability to rip donuts and drift in a proper line.

There are days where we wonder what Hoonigan’s insurance rider for these guys looks like. Other days, we suspect that it’s simply a “sign daily” form that releases the company from any liability whatsoever.


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