Why do supercars and hypercars have thick tyres compared to normal cars?

The major factors

One of the major factors that affect a car’s performance is its tyres. Supercars and hypercars have different tyres compared to normal cars, primarily due to the difference in their weight, power and speed. This article will explain why supercars and hypercars require thick tyres so that you can understand how these vehicles perform better than other cars on the road.


The major factors that determine the tyre size of a hypercar are its displacement, power-to-weight ratio and cornering capability.


Displacement: The engine size of a supercar is much larger than any other car in its class or even in its segment. Its power output can be as high as 1000 horsepower! So, it needs tyres with a large contact patch to enhance traction on dry roads when accelerating hard or making quick turns at tight corners at high speeds.


Power-to-weight ratio: This is another major factor that influences tyre size selection for hypercars. It is calculated by dividing the vehicle’s total weight by its maximum (redline) engine speed in revolutions per minute (rpm). A higher power-to-weight ratio indicates that there would be more torque delivered to drive wheels for accelerating from 0 to 60 mph within 3 seconds like Ferrari LaFerrari or McLaren P1 does; hence, thicker tyres are needed for improved grip on road surfaces so that these cars don’t lose control even when equipped with huge wing mirrors or spoilers installed on their bodies which increase downforce levels dramatically during cornering manoeuvres.*



Displacement is the volume swept by all the pistons of an engine in a single revolution. It’s usually measured in cubic centimeters (cc), and the higher the displacement, the more power it can produce. For example, a Toyota Mirai has a 1.8L engine while Ferrari’s 488 GTB has a 3.9L twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 660 hp and 560 lb-ft torque out of its 6262 cc displacement capacity.

Power-to-weight ratio

The power-to-weight ratio of a vehicle is the power output of an engine divided by its weight. A higher power-to-weight ratio means that vehicle can accelerate faster and has better handling than vehicles with low power-to-weight ratios.


A car with a high power-to-weight ratio will accelerate more quickly than one with a low one. For example, let’s say that there are two cars: Car A weighs 1,000 pounds and has 100 horsepower; Car B weighs 1,500 pounds but has 200 horsepower.


If both cars were moving at 60 miles per hour straight ahead and an object came into their path (like another car), which car would stop quicker? Car A would be able to stop in less time because it has more horsepower than Car B despite weighing less overall—that’s why supercars tend to have lighter bodies combined with powerful engines which generate high amounts of torque at lower revolutions per minute (RPMs).

The major factors are Displacement, Power-to-weight ratio and Cornering capability

The major factors are Displacement, Power-to-weight ratio and Cornering capability.

The Displacement is the total volume of air or gas that can be moved in one cycle by reciprocating piston engine. For example, if there are four cylinders and each cylinder has a displacement of 1 litre then the total displacement would be 4 litres. The power produced by the engine is proportional to its displacement which means larger engines have more power than smaller ones.


Power-to-weight ratio tells us how much power an engine produces for every unit weight (kg). A heavier car will require more power to move than a lighter one because it takes more energy for a heavy object like car to accelerate than light one such as bike etc.. 


This means that supercars and hypercars must have powerful engines with high horsepower ratings in order not only accelerate quickly but also brake quickly so that they don’t run out of control when cornering at high speeds as they may lose traction due to increased downforce on tyres combined with large contact patch area



It is clear that the tyres on supercars and hypercars have a lot to offer. They are able to deliver high levels of performance, but what would it take for them to be better than their peers? We know that this could involve less weight and more power, but there are other factors that might make those changes possible too. The most important thing for us is that we continue innovating so we can stay ahead of our competition!

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