• Nov 13th 2009 at 1:02PM
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Nexen 365/15-24 tire - Click above for image gallery

While in Vegas for SEMA this year, we did our best to concentrate on the cars... and occasionally their hostesses. We deliberately stayed away from the thousands of individual products being introduced in order to spend more time on the cars, trucks, bikes and Snowbarus. Well, maybe we should have looked a little more closely at the products, or at the very least the wheels and tires. If we had spent more time in the lower level of the South Hall, we might have noticed a rather large crowd around the Nexen booth.

While the name might not be a household word, Nexen is a company with more than 50 years of tire-making experience under its steel belt. As impressive as that might be, it's not the reason everyone was standing around, mouths agape. The focus of their attention was a new tire by Nexen, one with an impressive 365 mm width and 24 inch diameter. As ridiculous as those numbers might be, they pale in comparison to the middle number in the equation.

You see, Nexen was showing off the very first 15-series tire. That's right, the world's first and only 365/15R24 tire. If you thought 35s looked like rubber bands wrapped around 19- and 20-inch wheels, this thing looks like a smear of black paint on that two-footer. We shudder to think of what the ride quality might be like, but we seriously doubt there will be any sidewall flex, mainly because there's no sidewall.



[Source: Nexen via Consumer Reports]


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      Carlos
      • 5 Years Ago
      This would be great for racing applications but for street use, not so much.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Carlos
        It would be terrible for racing applications also. You never see tires with super low profiles in racing. You may see a 395/25, but that's still almost 4 inches of sidewall height. Look at any major racing series and you never see super low profile tires. You need some sidewall flex with stiffly sprung chassis, otherwise every bump in a turn will send you spinning off.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome. One step closer to the zero series tire.
      • 5 Years Ago
      But do they have a matching set of winter tires?
      • 5 Years Ago
      The trend towards ever larger wheels and shorter sidewalls it at the end. Look for the return of tall sidewalls and dog dish hubcaps.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "Look for the return of tall sidewalls and dog dish hubcaps."

        That's what I'm hoping for. At certain sizes, wouldn't that mean good discs which can clear 14"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like it would kill your back, and the tire shop would probably need a new tire mounting machine that could do that thin of tire.
      • 5 Years Ago
      thats like a concept sketch wheel/tire come to life! Absolutely useless, but oddly awesome.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Retarded.
      In Michigan that thing would last maybe about 1/4 mile before it was destroyed by a pothole.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok....when I first saw this tire I have to say that I quietly and then ever so loudly laughed until my sides cramped. (Honestly, it still makes me chuckle). But then I started thinking. This is a 365/15/24 tire. It clearly has a wider surface area contacting the pavement at one time; it clearly will have less flex when taking turns in the sidewall; the sidewall if much more rigid and dense than a tire with any amount of air between it and the wheel; and I bet it goes over most imperfections in the road without being phased due to its width....provided that there is a somewhat experienced driver behind the wheel that tries to avoid manholes, construction zones, craters the size of the grand canyon, police spikes, etc. (which seeing that these are ultra high performance tires--I hope a child with their permit doesn't have a set). I mean an average HP tire is about 255-275mm wide. We're talking about a tire that is 365mm wide (that's over a foot wide) and low to the ground. I would really like to see a performance test with these tires.......
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why even use a pneumatic tire? Just glue some rubber to the wheel. Then it couldn't go flat. It's night like it would ride any less smoothly than that ridiculous looking setup.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is definitely something you do not want on as a daily driver, probably for show only..

      • 5 Years Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      But what are they going to amor-all on a daily basis now?
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