When it comes to tire technology, believe it or not it comes from race cars. In this edition of Car Coach, YNN's Lauren Fix tells you everything you need to know about tires.
Racing an open wheel car translates to your vehicle because tires are what connects the car to the road, and keeps the driver in control. Car racing teams understand that. That's why they use high performance tires tailored to their particular form of racing. Technology from those specialized tires has trickled down to production cars.
You've probably noticed that the tires on your car have grooves in them. The groves allow the tire to channel things like water, or even snow and slush, away from the car.
If you have all-season tires on your car, the grooves are likely very deep and the rubber has lots of shames in the tread. This type of tire gives the car teeth that can grip uneven or loose surfaces. If you have a sports car, the tires likely have a fewer number of grooves and the grooves are usually more shallow. That allows more of the tire's rubber to maintain contact with the road, making the car handle better.
All of these innovations and the development of different tire types came from racing.
Like most racing technologies, high-performance racing tire technology has been translated into production cars for everyday use. For example, Formula 1 and NASCAR racecars use tires with very soft rubber. That rubber gets sticky when it's heated, which helps hold the car to the track.
Many basic tire designs have evolved from racing innovations, but once again, production cars have put it to everyday use.
The Bridgestone school was a great opportunity to personally experience the tire technology transfer of knowledge and testing to improve street car tires that enhances your safety, handling braking, fuel economy and tire life.