50 Car Innovations We're Thankful For

Alloy Wheels

Having a low unsprung weight (all of the weight not carried by the suspension) greatly helps a car's handling and stability when going over bumps. The first cars had very lightweight wheels, which were also flimsy and made of brittle wood. After that initial era, wheels got a lot heavier by virtue of their steel construction. Today's performance cars use high-tech alloys and weigh so little it's surprising when handling them.

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