If you have been shopping for tyres online in the UAE, you probably know what type of tyres, brand, and pattern suits your car the most. However, it’s always good to know more about these magnificent pieces of technology. In today’s blog, we are showing you some of the most interesting facts about tyres that you may have not known before.

1. Tyres are naturally white

Did you know that the natural color of tyres is white? Rubber is white in color, and believe it or not, the first tyres were originally white. Later on, a compound called carbon black was added to the rubber during manufacturing, increasing the tensile strength and durability of tyres as we know them.

2. The world’s largest tyre

The world’s largest tyre is the Uniroyal Giant Tire. Created in 1964, it stands at around 25 meters tall and weighs more than 10,000 kilograms. It is located in Allen Park, Michigan, United States.

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The Uniroyal Giant Tire was created by the United States Rubber Company for the 1964 New York World’s Fair, where it functioned as a Ferris wheel. (Source: Wikipedia)

3. The word “tyre” and “tire”

The two terms “tyres” and “tires” are often used interchangeably, however, both are correct and their use mostly depends on the geographical location. The logic used to derive the word, however, comes from the word “attire” which resembles clothes or in our case, clothes for the wheel.

4. There are tyres that can run even after a puncture

Also known as run-flat tyres, these tyres can run approximately 70 to 80 kilometers after being punctured. Many modern vehicles wear these types of tyres – and good news, you can even shop for run-flat tyres on our website!

5. Tyres manufactured per day

Believe it or not, there are more than 6.8 million tyres made each day, and hundreds of millions of tyres made each year from all tyre manufacturers worldwide.

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More than 6.8 million tyres are manufactured each day. (Source: iStock)

6. About radial tyres

Radial tyres were patented by Michelin in 1948. At the time, the tyre manufacturer owned the car brand Citroen and as such, their first tyres were fitted on Citroen vehicles.

7. The man who broke the land speed record

In 1960, an American auto raced named Mickey Thompson was set to win the world land speed record and wanted to go at the speed of 600 km/h. However, he realized that at the time, no tyre could withstand the heat, which is how he designed his own tyres and set a land speed record, going 654 km/h!

8. Most expensive tyres

A Dubai-based company named Z Tyres holds the record of selling the most expensive tyres in the world for $500,000. We are talking about a Michelin model adorned with 24-carat gold and diamonds, designed exclusively for Bugatti Veyron and designed to run at an enormous speed of 406 kilometers per hour.

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The model is based on the Z Tire performance rubber from Zenesi and complemented by 24-carat gold and diamonds.

9. Tyres with walnut shells inside

The Japanese brand Toyo tyres once designed tyres with walnut shells inside. These were the brand’s winter tyres and the shells were meant to increase the traction on snow-covered roads.

10. The largest tyremaker

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The toymaker LEGO is actually the world’s largest tyremaker, if we count the number of tyres it produces.

Michelin is the largest tyre manufacturer in the world for 2021. However, if we count the number of tyres produced, then it’s LEGO – the popular toy company.

11. Tyre pressure monitoring systems (TPMG)

Most modern cars are equipped with a technology called a Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMG), which uses tyre sensors in all four tyres and alerts the driver with a visual and/or audible warning if there is a loss of pressure.

12. Tyre labels

Did you know? Since 2012, all tyres must be labeled with their relative fuel consumption, wet grip, and noise cancellation ratings.

13. Tyres for space shuttles

Space shuttles also have wheels and tyres. They usually have similar size to an 18-inch tyre, but with very unique characteristics. That allows them to support up to 63 tons of steel going at a speed of more than 400 km/h.

We hope you found these interesting facts about tyres useful! Do you have more of these to add? Let us know in the comments!