Burning Rubber, for Race or Road? Know the Difference Between Racing Tires and Regular Tires!

A simple analogy crosses our minds as we think of car tires: The man in the car and his shoes are the tires. A person can walk without shoes but will be injuring one’s self once greeted with the road to take, and it only goes to show that the same principle applies to our precious rides.

In the early days, our predecessors settled with simply protecting their feet, but as the human race evolved, they began to create new designs and versions, of the shoe, for adapting to various conditions they have faced. 

Having said this, tires, on the other hand, have had its fair share of evolution and looks. From the leather-strapped wood of the horse-drawn wagon to the birth of the first car by Karl Benz which made use of the pneumatic tire, having a solid rubber structure on a metal rim. Ever since then, innovations on the tire were made and developed, adhering to elements like road conditions, scene, type of ride, and a whole lot more. These tests in time changed the tire for it is what connects the car to the surface and initially bears what the car and road bring to the driver. 

So, the nagging question we all have now is, “what type of rubber do I need for my ride?”. Well, of course, we have to weigh out the usage and practicality of our options for, let’s face it, those babies are not cheap. 

First, we have the racing tires or commonly known to car heads, as slicks. The nickname speaks for itself, error 404: tread not found, for they are suited for track use only. Its sole purpose is to provide a powerful grip to generate speed, especially on curves, usually wider than the daily wheel, and can go on for roughly 300 kilometers only.

[PHOTO CREDIT: Motorsport.com]

Then, we have the ordinary car tire, that has vast variations and purposes, seen on most cars today. The modern tire that we know of is the Radial Tire, invented by the French company Michelin. This tire has comprehensive platforms of uses such as comfort for your daily city drive; performance for the racing-like feel that provides more grip on the asphalt; off-road which has wider and larger treads for grip on rocky and muddy terrain; and all-terrain designed for both the city and minimal off-road situations. These tires are made for durability and longevity, having 80,000 kilometers tires lifespan, for different factors such as heat and unexpected nuisances found on the road.


Tires come in all shapes and sizes, and there are no ends to what or where they’re needed to be on. We should have the knowledge and careful consideration of its effect on our car’s shoes. Whatever the use may be, we, the owners of the vehicle, should carefully select and decide on what we’ll fit our ride. 

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