The Hyper Black finish looked even better than I expected, as I was worried they might have a bit more of a chrome look in person. It’s funny that I don’t like all-black wheels, nor do I like anything overly polished looking, yet these blend the two of them into something perfect. Plus, with enough brake dust, I can just be lazy and call them gunmetal grey until they’re clean.
Again, the wheel size choice was a no-brainer for me. I could’ve opted to go with a more factory-like width of 8.5”, but I’m of the mindset that the more wheel width you can fit on your car, the better. Plus, it opens up my tire options to anything from a 235 section width to 265 section width. Going with a 265 would likely require more aggressive fender work than I have planned, but it’s a valid option down the road. For now, the Arc-8s are wrapped with the new 245/35-18 Michelin Pilot Sport A/S 3 tires.
Now, before the internet goes into a tailspin trying to figure out why we’d go with an “all-season” tire on a project car, let me help prevent you from having a stroke. The great Michelin Man played the roll of Santa Clause this year, as he decided he wanted some input on a comparison between the Michelin Pilot Super Sports (PSS), which we have on our 17” wheels, and the new Pilot Sport A/S 3 (PSAS3). Add in the fact that Project E36 M3 lives in an area of the country with actual seasons that offer a roller coaster of weather patterns, and that should help clear the air. (Watch for the comparison tests in the future.)
For now, I can say that the testing proved two things: 1) We get huge weather changes from one day to the next in the Midwest; 2) I will never have a career as a drag racing king.
The goal was to compare the tires in a relatively nice climate and then to also compare them in sub-freezing temperatures. As luck would have it, we had a 60° Saturday followed by a 20° Sunday on the same weekend. I'll also hint to the fact that both tires allow for some impressive lateral G numbers.