Tires

  • What's inside an F1 tire

    Curiosity, in this case, brought out the grinders and saws. One YouTuber decided he'd have a look at what the inside of a Formula 1 tire looks like, all in the pursuit of knowledge. The tire is a standard issue Pirelli F1 tire that teams use, and right away, it's clear they're tough. It requires a lot of grinding to take the outer rubber down to what lies below. After a lot of smoke and sparks, we see there's a steel rim that runs around the inside of the tire as part of its construction. When it comes time to actually slice it open, the same steel rim proves difficult. The shoulder section...

  • 2020 Ford Explorer hybrid
    2020 Ford Explorer fights punctures with self-sealing tires

    The 2020 Ford Explorer will do its darnedest to make sure a tire puncture won't immediately put a driver on the side of the road with self-sealing tires from Michelin. Michelin's self-sealing tires aren't new—they were developed for the Chevrolet Bolt EV—but the 2020 Explorer marks the...

  • Goodyear Aero tire concept for flying cars
    Goodyear creates concept tires that can act as propellers for flying cars

    If the future does, in fact, include flying cars as a new sort of transportation method, it's best to have equipment that can handle both roads and flight. Goodyear is aiming to solve this problem with a new concept tire it debuted at the 2019 Geneva International Motor Show this week. It's called...

  • Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire fitted to the Ferrari F12 Berlinetta
    Michelin wants to replace oil with wood in tires

    Wooden tires don't have the best ring to them, but Michelin firmly believes they'll be a reality in 2020. The French tire maker told Motoring in a report published this month of its plans to introduce wood into tires, and it's all about moving away from oil. Cyrille Roget, Michelin's worldwide...

  • Michelin Premier A/S tire with EverGrip technology
    Michelin working on tires rated to 300 MPH

    Supercars have become hypercars, and with that moniker upgrade we've seen a move to insane performance figures. The idea of a sub-2.0 seconds for the 0-60 mph run is being discussed while the other end of the speed spectrum has production vehicles knocking on the door of 280 mph and beyond. This is...

  • Michelin Tweel is available for use on UTVs
    The Michelin Tweel airless tire is now available for UTVs

    The Tweel (a portmanteau of tire and wheel) has been a concept in the tire industry for some time now. If you're not familiar with that term, it refers to an airless tire. Michelin has been developing its Tweel for over 10 years and first launched a commercial version six years ago for skid steer...

  • Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance prototype tire with Electric Drive Technology

    Tires are a critical component of the driving experience, and electric cars bring their own challenges. Battery-electric vehicles weigh more, produce greater torque than traditional vehicles from a stop, and usually require low rolling resistance. Goodyear has a future tire solution in development that addresses these issues. Goodyear calls it the "EfficientGrip Performance prototype tire with Electric Drive Technology." The company designed the tire to handle vast amounts of torque, improve electric driving range, support heavier vehicle weights, and deliver quieter operation. The prototype...

  • Pirelli cyber tire infographic
    Pirelli Cyber Car tire will soon talk to your car

    While Goodyear envisions a future tire that cleans as it rolls, Pirelli's latest tire is set to arrive this year. It's called Cyber Car and it's a tire that connects the rubber with the car and provides loads of information and data. With the latest Pirelli innovation, the tire can relay...

  • Goodyear Oxygene concept tire
    Goodyear Oxygene concept tire cleans the air as it rolls

    The concept of tires hasn't changed radically for decades: they're round, they roll, they hold up your car. Companies have managed to manufacture better quality compounds and produce tires that grip, stop, and handle superbly, but Goodyear has a totally different idea for the future of the tire...

  • 2018 BMW M5's custom Pirelli tires
    Get a grip: 2018 BMW M5 rides on specially engineered Pirelli P Zero tires

    BMW announced on Tuesday it had smashed the record for the longest-sustained drift of 232.5 miles with the 2018 M5, but a tailored set of rubber helped get the job done with BMW driving instructor Johan Schwartz behind the wheel. The new M5 runs a set of specially engineered Pirelli P Zero 20-inch...

  • Summer tires vs winter tires in cold and dry temperatures
    Do winter tires help when it's dry and cold?

    For those who reside in snowy and icy climates, winter tires are often the go-to patches of rubber to ensure optimal performance. However, the U.S. has plenty of areas that dip below freezing but don't necessarily see precipitation. Even areas that get snow don't have it all the time. And yet...

  • Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept, 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
    Toyota eyes airless tires for future electric cars

    Many companies have shown airless tire concepts—Polaris is the only company to actually commercialize them—but the technology is yet to reach any sort of mass adoption in the automotive sector. If Toyota has its way, future electric cars from the company will run airless tires to help...

  • Pirelli Collezione tires for vintage European sports cars

    Tires, though often overlooked, can make or break a car. Much of a car's character can be found in the patches of rubber that we sometimes take for granted. It's why selecting tires for vintage sports cars can be so painstakingly difficult, and sometimes nearly impossible. Pirelli aims to ease that level of difficulty with the announcement of its "Collezione" range or tires developed specifically for vintage European sports cars built between the mid-1950s and late 1970s. Much has changed since many European sports cars rolled off the assembly line, including tire technology. Pirelli has...

  • ContiAdapt and ContiSense concept tires
    Continental looks to improve safety with its latest tire concepts

    It's always amazing to see what tire manufacturers are dreaming up for the future. Most of the time, it's a concept based in the distant future when nano bots are able to repair your self-healing tires as your autonomous pod whisks you to an AI-controlled beachfront home. This time, however...

  • Tires, by Flickr user Jayme del Rosario (Used under CC License)
    Say goodbye to flat tires thanks to a self-healing rubber from Harvard

    It's a situation drivers are all too familiar with: cruising along the road when suddenly a tire goes flat. Curse words, struggles, and inconvenience ensue. Researchers at Harvard University have developed a potential solution that could put flat tires, and the baggage that comes with them, in the...

  • Bugatti Chiron first drive
    Bugatti Chiron can't go over 300 MPH because no tire can handle it

    The Bugatti Chiron had big shoes to fill when it arrived to replace the beloved Veyron. So far, it's showed it has the credentials to be a proper follow-up act. However, no one has been able to fully experience the true speeds the 1,480-horsepower hypercar is capable of. That's because no tire is...

  • Explaining the differences between 17, 18, and 19-inch tires
    Finding the difference between 17-, 18- and 19-inch tires

    There's a balance to be found when you're on the hunt for a set of wheels and tires for your vehicle. Do you prioritize comfort over performance? Are you looking to increase the handling capability and feel of your car? Perhaps you want to wind up somewhere in the middle of the two ends of the...

  • Infiniti Q60 Project Black S concept, 2017 Geneva auto show
    Infiniti's Q60 Project Black S will wear special-made Pirelli tires

    Sitting at each corner of a production-bound Infiniti Q60 Black S will be Pirelli rubber. Both Infiniti and Pirelli used the previous weekend's 2017 Formula One Canadian Grand Prix as a stage to announce the new partnership. If you'll recall, the Project Black S began life as a pretty wild concept...

  • Do wider tires equal more grip?

    Tires are an absolutely essential part of any car, truck, or SUV. Compounds can create unique handling experiences suited for any type of vehicle, and they can even make a car much more fun to drive. It's also a common saying that wider tires provide more grip. In the interest of science, Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained has tackled the question in a new video. With 27 different trucks and SUVs, Jason is able to give us an answer: Wider tires don't automatically mean more grip. Instead, the type of tire is a much more important factor. CHECK OUT: How winter tires differ from summer tires...

  • 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
    2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon's drag radials are too wide for production line

    A proper set of tires can be the difference between victory and loss, whether it's on a road course or at the dragstrip. Thankfully, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon boasts some pretty wide drag radials—315/40/18s, thank you very much—from the factory. After all, they need to handle...

  • Jaguar XJ220
    The story behind Bridgestone’s decision to develop new tires for the Jaguar XJ220

    There’s a company based in the United Kingdom by the name of Don Law Racing that specializes in replacement parts for the Jaguar XJ220. Late last year, the company teamed up with Bridgestone to develop a new set of tires for the car using all the advancements that have been made in tire...

  • Are winter tires good in summer Engineering Explained
    What happens when you run winter tires in the summer?

    By this point, as we enter the middle of May, most drivers who use soft-compound winter tires have likely switched them out for a set of all-season rubber, or even some higher-performance summer-only tires. However, what happens if you keep those winter tires on your car and run them in warm...

  • Engineering Explained discusses the reasons why you should buy good tires
    Here’s why you shouldn’t skimp on tires

    When you buy a new car, the odds are good that it's going to come with solid tires. If that new car you're buying is a sports car or performance-oriented model, then the odds are even better that your car, truck, or SUV will have some seriously capable rolling rubber at all four corners. Now, if...

  • Goodyear's concept tire: The Eagle 360 Urban
    Goodyear envisions its spherical concept tire as part of an autonomous future

    Just as we look toward the future with automaker-produced concept vehicles, the tire manufacturers are also envisioning the world of tomorrow. Be it a future filled with death-race machines or airless tires, the future is looking...interesting. Goodyear has a new vision of the future, and it...

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