2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: What's That For?
September 23, 2010
This is a little piece of driving utility familiar only to a specific subset of enthusiasts.
Do you know what it's for?
One word: Hoonery.
That little mark on the center of the wheel is found in (generally speaking) only two types of vehicles: Rally cars and off-road trucks. In theory it helps the driver find center when silly things like the above-pictured powerslide happen.
Of course, I've got my own opinion about its actual usefulness. That is to say, it's worthless. Because if you're searching for center in the above situation you are, in all likelihood, doomed anyway. Check out where that guy's eyes are focused. On the wheel? Nope.
Finding center in a powerslide is an instict, a feeling, a sixth sense. Like wheelies and stoppies on a motorcycle, it's something you're either born with or your'e not. And it's certainly not something you get from a red stripe on the wheel.
Josh Jacquot, Senior editor