Earlier we saw some 25-series tires, and at SEMA last year Kumho introduced 15-series tires to the amazement and bruised kidneys of automobile-dom. That seems like about the limit of tire-painting capabilities these days, and is more for show than for go, but we want to know how skinny is your rubber?
Back in the day, most standard tires ran anywhere from 85-series on down to maybe 70 on your Euro-sport models and cars that were intended to go around corners. Then came the era of wider than tall and 65, 60 and eventually 55-series tires became mainstream, and not just something that wild-eyed drivers affixed to their cars for something called gymkhana.
Now it seems like every ricer and new-moneyed celebrity is getting their tires applied with a roller, degrading both the ride and handling of their cars- whether Versa or Veyron. It may seem like getting as little sidewall shift as possible would be a good thing, but there are so many trade-offs in heat displacement, elasticity and adhesion cut-off that at a certain point you want a little height in your Hoosiers. Most of us can’t even afford the wheel/tire combo that would give the lowliest of profile-ness, and still fill the wheelwells, but many of us still like the look and handling that comes with a plus one, or plus two set up. So, with that in mind, what’s the lowest profile you’d go?
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