Future Tires May Be Tall and Narrow [Photo Gallery]
Future city cars, at least, looks like reinvented early small vehicles, like the Peel P50 or the Messerschmitt KR200. But their body is not the only thing that reminds us of the old days, as their tires will look almost like the 30’s ones.
According to Pirelli, the increasingly strict European Union regulations for tires will make them redesign tires to achieve the best rating. It seems that future tires will be rated by their rolling resistance (you know, to save fuel and stuff) and their braking performance on wet road. Sum it up and it is like this: to make tires have small rolling resistance, they have to feature a small contact patch. This idea translates to tall and skinny tires, just like today’s fashion models. The average diameter of a future tire is said to increase from around 16 inches to 21 inches in 2020.
It is kind of weird when you think that in the 1930’s people thought future cars will have no wheels and they will fly using atomic energy, and instead, in 2020 the designers and engineers are just making ultra-modern reinterpretation of old bangers.
Story via Goauto
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