One of the parts of a vehicle, whether it is a motorbike or a luxury car that makes it noticeable, is its tires. It contributes to creating an impression on the car performance. If you would ask some car buff, they would often consider the type of tires, patterns, and materials used in making the tire to ensure its durability and at the same time safety of the car’s passengers. However, this black, thick and circularly shaped thing underneath your vehicle has a history that is as colorful as the history of your car. See in this infographic, how it started and the changes it undergone to ensure customer satisfaction.
- Tires started with no air inside. It was a simple solid tire made of firm rubber but it was not efficient because it has poor shock absorption ability causing the vehicles to move slowly. In these times, vehicles were not yet massively produced and so tires were not as good as it is in the modern generation.
- The beginning of tires was due to the invention of the first gasoline car. In 1888, called as pneumatic tires become widely used by car owners. It was made of rubber but it has air inside that increased its friction capacity. This has made driving easier because cars will move faster with inflated tires.
- In 1905, tread tires were developed. Even today, these treads make the cars perform better. A lot of companies have invested in developing different patterns and designs.
- A significant revolution in the tire history is the use of synthetic rubber to minimize the usage of natural rubber that could be easily depleted when mass production is done. This movement started when the use of the automobile has become popularized by Henry Ford. The use of synthetic rubber has increased the quantity of tire being produced while improving its quality.
- The structural development of tires happened due to oil saving initiatives. However, in 1947, the radial tire was made. It is a tire with cords that are vertically arranged to the direction of the driver. It allowed drivers to minimize fuel consumption while stabilizing driving mechanisms.
- In the 1970s, another major development was made with tires. Safety has been the top priority of the second stage of development. This was in 1979 when the run-flat tire was introduced in the market. It allowed drivers to speed up driving up to 80 kilometers per hour without breaking down. Run-flat tires continued to be used until the 1980s because it protected the drivers from accidents.
- In the 21st century, next to safety, performance has been one of the primary concerns of tire developers. UHP or ultra high-performance tire become the new trend. This is the time when owning a car and driving at high speed becomes a symbol of status and financial freedom.
- The recent development in the automobile industry also drove the tire manufacturers to produce tires that are fit to high performing vehicles. It also aims for a sustainable tire production methods.
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