I thought it would be fun to reveal some interesting—and perhaps previously unknown tire facts.
- The natural color of rubber is white, not black. Manufacturers of tires add carbon black to rubber to increase various qualities that prolong the life of the tire.
- The World’s Largest Tire is in Allen Park, Michigan. The tire is a 12-ton, 80-foot-tall tower of rubber served as a Ferris wheel at the 1964-1965 New York’s World Fair.
- Early cars used “artillery wheels” that had the tire bolted to the wheel.
- Most new cars don’t come with spare tires. Manufacturers are trying to decrease weight due to stricter emissions rules, so they’re selling new cars with a patch kit and a can of compressed air.
- In 1961, Goodyear experimented with an illuminated tire. Lit from the inside by glass incandescent bulbs, the softly glowing white tires never left the show circuit.
- The space shuttle’s main wheels are approximately the size of those found on an 18-wheeler. However, one space shuttle tire can support 142,000 pounds and is rated for 259 mph.
- More than 250 million tires are discarded each year.
- Speed ratings on tires are set in kilometers per hour.
- Michelin is working on producing the “tweel,” a one-piece airless wheel and tire. The tweel offers the possibility of no flat tires and replaceable treads.
- Lego is the largest manufacturer of tires. The toy company produces 306 million of the little tires every year.
10 Fun Tire Facts