Believe it or not white is the natural colour of rubber and the colour black was only introduced as a safety measure. ‘Carbon Black’ is added when making a tyre to improve the rubbers resistance to wear which increases it’s strength and lifespan.
The compound has other benefits apart from looking a lot better on cars - It helps the tyre to retain it’s shape better which helps with the rolling resistance. It also improves driving comfort as less shock is transferred to the car.
Imagine if we all had white tyres as standard… Wouldn’t it be hard to keep them clean on our roads! Black tyres not only suit the variety of coloured cars we have now but they also hide dirt and wear better.
In the early 20th century carbon black was added to all tyres. Before then there was a carbon shortage and early cars drove around with white tyres!
See if you can spot any classic vintage cars with white tyres…
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