Tyres too small for the rims they're on...

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It's a style thing. It's called 'Euro' and usually the cars have very smooth lines with all the badges, door handles, bump strips etc removed. Funnily enough, it's one of the popular modding styles on continental europe. :)
 
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Akira said:
Honest question...why? Aesthetics? I can't imagine they're designed to work that way.

A mixture of aesthetics and performance.

I'll adress the performance angle first - stretching your rubber over your rim (ooer!) means that the sidewalls remain VERY stiff, leading to a very predictable loss of traction...Check the drift boys ;)

And, aesthetically, it lets you run a combination of wide wheels and a low car. It also means you can run wide, low-offset rims without the tread of the tyre protruding beyond the apex of the arch (and thus, remain 'legal'.)

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It's a style thing. It's called 'Euro' and usually the cars have very smooth lines with all the badges, door handles, bump strips etc removed. Funnily enough, it's one of the popular modding styles on continental europe. :)

It's been around since long before 'Euro' look was a twinkle in a Belgian's eye... ;)

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Ah, I see, I like the way they look but I imagined it would play havoc with the contact patch, as if it were underinflated. Cheers.
 
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Ze Germans were the first I saw doing it with stretched out rubber on 13" wheels on Golfs. Must be close to 10 years ago now. While we were busy sticking ridiculous Max Power plastic bodykits and fake Testarossa fins on BMW 3 series'ses and Novas the Germans were busy stripping it all off and going for low understated cars with power and wide rims.
 
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Jonny69 said:
Ze Germans were the first I saw doing it with stretched out rubber on 13" wheels on Golfs. Must be close to 10 years ago now. While we were busy sticking ridiculous Max Power plastic bodykits and fake Testarossa fins on BMW 3 series'ses and Novas the Germans were busy stripping it all off and going for low understated cars with power and wide rims.

I thought you of all people would have mentioned Sarf Larndahn Escorts and Anglias with 175/50s on 6" or 7" rims.

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