7/19/2019

Citroen Mulls Production Possibilities for Massive Concept Tires

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PSA Group's Citroen unit may adopt oversized tires like those that adorned this year's 19_19 concept electric car on future production vehicles.

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PSA Group's Citroen unit may adopt oversized tires like those that adorned this year's 19_19 concept electric car on future production vehicles.

Citroen collaborated with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. on the 30-inch-diameter tires for the concept car, which was unveiled in May to commemorate the carmaker’s 100th anniversary. The tires feature a narrow contact patch and seamlessly integrated rims, according to the partners.

CEO Linda Jackson tells reporters that such tires could be packaged in a skateboard-type chassis for electric vehicles to enable an elevated, SUV-like seating position without requiring a larger body.

The big tires also would make it easier to install in-wheel electric motors, and the narrow tread would boost aerodynamics. But media reports speculate that the tiny sidewalls could make ride harshness an issue.