Low profile tyres

Discussion in 'Non Technical' started by Oni, Mar 17, 2003.

  1. Oni

    Oni Active Member

    If low profile tyres are so good, and I think we all agree they look good, why are F1 tyres so tall?And why does chocolate taste so good when licked off... Oops don't want to get deleted :pThese are the sort of things I think about while doing my assignments.Cheers
  2. Zmokin

    Zmokin Agro


    Its to slow them down, The tyre walls are still extreamly stiff but still nowere near a 18" with 30 series tyres on them.as for the choc...... depends who's licking:p :p
  3. Steven

    Steven Active Member

    F1 tyre shape is due to rule and not pure

  4. CHILI

    CHILI Indestructable Target

    Also, F1 suspensions are so rigid, that>

    Low Profile tyres would cause enormous additional stress to same. Some of the flexability is re-gained by the spring in the tyre sidewalls (virtually unheard of in Low Profile tyres). =) =) Cheers guys
    :D :D :D
  5. Blipman

    Blipman Beer hooves totally work

    In fact

    flex in the tyre walls on an F1 is more than the flex permitted by the shocks and springs. The tyres dampen most of the bumps, not the suspension.Ben
  6. Datzboy

    Datzboy New Member

    F1 max wheel size is 13"

    By the rules they are only alowed 13 inch wheels, and a maximum tyre diameter, they use the largest size tyres they are allowed so end up having high profile tyres.
  7. J4Play

    J4Play New Member

    Is it possible that the

    tyres on an F1 car have high profile also so that the tyres can act as a sort of torque converter (well not really a torque converter, more like an elastic potential storage thingy!), to prevent wheel spin. I'm guessing thats why they use high profile tyres for drag racing (ever see the shots where they are taking off and the tyres are all twisted?). In this way the wheels don't spin, but instead twist and store the energy, and then release this energy as forward momentum when possible.Just a thought.
  8. Zmokin

    Zmokin Agro

    I still maintain

    That it is there to slow them down, If they allowed them bigger rims, they would adjust the sp. around it, thus enabling better control, which do you think would give more reliable results tyre walls or fully adj. supenction.CheersAnthony
  9. CHILI

    CHILI Indestructable Target

    Theoreticaly, NO suspension movement>

    would provide the best handling, as there would be No body roll to upset the handling.
    This, of course is impractical, as the car would break apart from the vibration and, no driver could sustain that kind of punishment for up to 2 hrs.Cheers
    :-0 :-0
  10. quick1

    quick1 Guest

    sweet, i got 13"s on my car :p (n/m)

  11. IB

    IB ?????

    It's 100% regulations, the F1 car builders

    would like bigger rims and lower profile tyres but the regulations prevent it. Lower profile tyres would put more suspension control in the hands of the dampers.CHAMP cars have 15 inch rims, F1 have 13 inch. Even Champ car builders would like bigger rims.

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