Alan Cesar Associate Editor
June 19, 2012 10:15 a.m.

The new Toyo R1Rs (sourced from Tire Rack) on Rota RB wheels add grip, but look a little goofy on the stock ride height. The rear wheel gap in particular is comical. But fear not: Ford Racing coil-overs are on the way.

(edited for correctness)

http://grassrootsmotorsports.com/project-cars/2012-ford-fiesta/rims-grip/

Jaynen New Reader
June 19, 2012 10:17 a.m.

Like the look of the RBs

ProDarwin SuperDork
June 19, 2012 10:30 a.m.

Why the 225 and not the 195?

Javelin UltimaDork
June 19, 2012 11:17 a.m.

I like the looks of the Fiesta.

I love the RB's (had them on my Miata).

I dislike the combination. That's just ugly, regardless of gap. Ewwww.

Nashco
Nashco UltraDork
June 19, 2012 11:18 a.m.
ProDarwin wrote: Why the 225 and not the 195?

Because racecar?

Per Schroeder Technical Editor/Advertising Director
June 19, 2012 11:24 a.m.

We're a little worried about heat management on the smaller tire--multiple drivers + summers in Florida = tire roasting.

Per

alfadriver PowerDork
June 19, 2012 11:48 a.m.

Nice Mini-Lites. I mean Panasports.

I assume they are aluminum, and not real Mags.

PHeller SuperDork
June 19, 2012 11:52 a.m.

Not a good combo IMO.

I think the Panasports are a classic-car wheel, and the Fiesta does not look classic. Which is a good thing...unless you want classic car wheels for it.

Powar Dork
June 19, 2012 11:53 a.m.

Those are very hot.

mndsm PowerDork
June 19, 2012 11:55 a.m.

I like it, though it needs some lowering something fierce.

Matt B Dork
June 19, 2012 4:12 p.m.

Looks good to me. I understand what some people are saying about the panasport-style-on-a-modern-car thing, but it works fairly well here imho.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
June 19, 2012 4:40 p.m.

In reply to Matt B:

I thought the same thing when those wheels arrived, and when we first put them on. Wait 'til you see the car on coil-overs. It's very different indeed. We actually posted a photo to our Facebook timeline not long ago, if you follow us on there.

Woody UltimaDork
June 19, 2012 4:42 p.m.

I love 'em.

alfadriver PowerDork
June 19, 2012 4:45 p.m.

In reply to Alan Cesar:

I think it will look even cooler when you make it look like a race car- stickers and all.

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
June 19, 2012 4:48 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver:

In good time, grasshopper.

Matt B Dork
June 19, 2012 4:48 p.m.

Also, I really like the look of the 225 width on the 15x7s. ANTI-STRETCH!!!

Jaynen Reader
June 19, 2012 4:50 p.m.

Yeah posted pic on FB looks a lot better Edit linky http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150992483798140&set=a.90554638139.104770.66381183139&type=3&theater

alfadriver PowerDork
June 19, 2012 4:50 p.m.

In reply to Alan Cesar:

Can you paint the tire lettering yellow, too?

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
June 19, 2012 4:58 p.m.

In reply to alfadriver:

Hmmm.... Per, we got any yellow tire markers? I really like what that guy did with Sharka not too long ago.

Pete240Z UltraDork
June 19, 2012 5:20 p.m.

I like the rims and tires. Tire Rack not showing this wheel yet? It doesn't come up?

Alan Cesar Associate Editor
June 19, 2012 5:36 p.m.

Sorry, that's a mistake. I'm pretty sure the tires came from Tire Rack, the wheels did not. I don't know where we got them exactly, but you can see the sizes and bolt patterns of the Rota RB here:

http://www.rotawheels.com/wheel.php?id=34

Nashco
Nashco UltraDork
June 19, 2012 6:12 p.m.
alfadriver wrote: In reply to Alan Cesar: Can you paint the tire lettering yellow, too?

Maybe...as long as the letters are for the sponsor. If you highlight that you're using other tires you might get in trouble in some events!

Bryce

JThw8 UberDork
June 19, 2012 7:14 p.m.
Javelin wrote: I like the looks of the Fiesta. I *love* the RB's (had them on my Miata). I dislike the combination. That's just ugly, regardless of gap. Ewwww.

I wholeheartedly concur. Apart they are both great, together....just doesn't work.

Jaynen Reader
June 19, 2012 7:17 p.m.

I think they look good post coil over. Maybe not the style I would pick for a modern car but I think it is growing on me

DeadSkunk Dork
June 19, 2012 7:23 p.m.

I love the RBs on it, but then I'm biased. I have a set on my CooperS.

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