A new spare tire has been developed which is smaller, thinner, and will thus occupy less vehicle trunk space. The mini-spare tire and wheel weights 40% less which makes for easier application and also assists the vehicle designer in his quest for lighter cars. The mini-spare uses 60 PSI inflation to carry the vehicle load and produces cornering power substantially the same as standard sized tires. Other vehicle performance characteristics are satisfactory when comparing the mini-spare on any one vehicle position vs. the standard tire. Tire heat generation and overall weight are minimized by using a shallow skid, round tire profile.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This paper was presented at the Automobile Engineering Meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers Conference held in Dearborn, Michigan, October 18-22, 1976.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

    400 Commonwealth Drive
    Warrendale, PA  United States  15096
  • Authors:
    • Lawrence, J P
  • Publication Date: 1976

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00149001
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Highway Safety Research Institute
  • Report/Paper Numbers: SAE #760742
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 27 1977 12:00AM