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Do bigger wheels make my car go faster?

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Larger wheels, rims or tires do not usually make a car any faster. Normally, smaller wheels yield a quicker acceleration because they weigh less and produce less friction.

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There are rare circumstances under which having wider tires actually helps speed. If an engine has been upgraded with parts to provide more power, the use of wider tire-to-road contact patches can reduce 0 to 60 time and help with lateral grip. Many people add larger tires simply for aesthetic appeal. However, in general, in order to get the maximum performance from a road car, it is highly recommended to stick to the size of tire that the car was designed to use.

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