Street cars, especially higher-performance ones, keep on moving to lower and lower tire profiles. To me, this looked nice in the beginning, but it’s gone too far. The logical conclusion of the trend would be to simply run on solid rubber tires with no air, and it looks like they’re pretty close to that now. Doesn’t it defeat the purpose of having a pnuematic tire?
Low-profile tires are supposed to give better performance. If that’s true, why don’t all race cars have them? F1 cars don’t, and I don’t think NACAR does either. Dragsters don’t. I’m not sure about rally cars. I think those European races of production cars use relatively low tires though. Why are the the tire choices so different if the goal is high performance? Is it just a matter of tradition or cosmetics in the racing leagues?