A BRIEF HIS­TORY OF TYRES

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

1839

Charles Goodyear dis­cov­ers the vul­can­i­sa­tion process of rub­ber

1888

John Boyd Dun­lop be­cames the sec­ond in­ven­tor of the pneu­matic tyre a er Robert Thomp­son re­ceives a pa­tent in 1845 for the de­sign, but never en­ters it into pro­duc­tion

1903

PW Litch­field of Goodyear patents the first tube­less tyre, but the tech catches on only in the 1950s

1946

Miche­lin’s first ra­dial tyre

1971

First tyres on the moon: Goodyears on the Apollo 14

1987

The Porsche 959 is the first pro­duc­tion car to utilise run-†at tyres (Bridge­stone)

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