Tire may look quite basic to you — the one that keeps your vehicles on the road, from a bicycle to a ten-wheeler truck. But you will be surprised by these fun facts about tires you’re about to check out.
The world’s biggest tire is located along I-94 in Allen Park, Michigan. It weighs 12 tons and is 80 feet tall. It was featured as a Ferris wheel at the 1964-65 New York’s World Fair. A year later the wheel was moved to Allen Park.
Usually, new cars do not come with spare tires. An increasing number of automakers, well, spare the spare tire for the sake of the lighter weight of the vehicle and fuel economy. As they are trying to reach the maximum miles per gallon, they’re reducing anything that they consider as “dead weight” such as a spare tire, which may slow the vehicle down when it’s on the road.
The new Mini Cooper Clubman has a 225-mm tire around an 18-inch wheel.
There are real rubber raised white letter tire kits offerd by many companies, though a lot of DIY-ers resort to painting their own tire letters using with tire markers or tire paint pens.
Run-flat tires are designed to withstand the effects of deflation after being punctured. Run-flat tires allow you more time before arriving to a safe, flat surface, or to an auto shop to get needed repairs. Although run-flat tires have their own disadvantages, they are standard on most BMW vehicles.
Zinc oxide was added to strengthen the rubber, but had the aftereffect of making tires white.
In addition, the first cars then had open fenders or “cycle wings,” so that pedestrians could clearly see both sides of the tires as the cars passed by.
Artillery wheels are heavily built wheels. The tires are bolted to the wheel, so it makes changing flat tires a challenge indeed.
About one tire is discarded per person per year. There are a lot of ways to recycle old tires. The rubber can be melted for asphalt, or shred them as garden mulches. Old tires are even recycled into new tires. They can be re-used in a great number of ways: tire swings, furniture, mats, art pieces, and many others.
Yes, Goodyear experimented for a while with tires that lit up. The incandescent glass bulbs were mounted inside the wheel rim, and flashed a variety of colors. Unfortunately, they failed to take off.