If you own a Tesla Model 3 or Model Y, you might be feeling a bit left out since your car isn’t available with the unusual and somewhat questionable yoke wheel. However, as the aftermarket for EVs continues to grow, you can fit even a Tesla with loads of parts. That’s exactly what Hansshow thought when it decided to construct its own version of the yoke wheel for the Model Y and Model 3.
According to CarBuzz, a YouTuber named i1Tesla posted an in-depth look at the wheel and its carbon fiber and suede construction. Since this is a product you can actually buy, it is worth reiterating that this likely doesn’t meet tested safety standards and will likely be sketchy at best if you happen to crash.
Here’s the only yoke wheel available for the Tesla Model 3 and Model Y
Since this is the world’s first Tesla Model 3 yoke wheel, let’s take a closer look via the video embedded above. The first thing that’ll strike you is the wheel’s physical construction. According to CarBuzz, this wheel will reportedly fit onto a Model 3 or Model Y since they utilize the same wheel hub. In terms of materials, we’re looking at construction that features suede and carbon fiber, a significant upgrade over the standard plastic trim.
As you might imagine, this Tesla Model 3 wheel is trying to copy the one found in the new Plaid model. While it definitely has a strange shape, it carries a similar design to the one in the new car. The main benefit of this wheel is that you can easily transfer your car’s existing airbag, so you have some semblance of crash protection in the case of an accident.
While some of the material choices are great, this aftermarket upgrade is far from cheap.
How much does this yoke wheel cost?
Let’s pretend you’ve thrown caution to the wind and decided to order one of these Tesla Model 3 yoke wheels. If you opt for the cheapest configuration, you’re looking at a starting price of $1,099. However, you can upgrade the finishing and materials which quickly brings the price up to $1,259. For this price, this is certainly an expensive gag.
It also goes without saying that some of the finishing showcased in the video looks rough at best. Take a look at the photo embedded above and you’ll notice that the quality of the stitching isn’t great. Additionally, the suede doesn’t line up perfectly with some of the carbon fiber panels. Given how quickly this arrived for sale, chances are bugs will be quite common.
Is this Tesla Model 3 yoke wheel legal?
If you’re wondering if this Tesla Model 3 yoke is even remotely legal, no one knows. In fact, the NHTSA hasn’t announced if the normal yoke wheel in the Model S Plaid will make it into production. For the most part, it seems Tesla is confident it will since most of the test cars and company images feature it. However, if the original is struggling, there’s likely no chance for the aftermarket one.