Believe it or not, the world’s largest tire manufacturer isn’t Michelin or Goodyear, but LEGO.
Each year the toy maker molds millions of little wheels and tires each year. In fact, in 2011 alone, LEGO manufactured 381 million wheels and tires with sizes ranging from 0.5-inch to 4.2-inch.
Okay, so maybe they don’t exactly go on your car, but everyone knows what LEGO is and all of us have either owned or own a set of LEGOs. The first version of the LEGO tire we know today came out in 1962 with LEGO set number 400. It quickly became LEGO’s quickest best-seller with 820,400 of them sold by 1967.
It’s crazy to imagine that before LEGO made its own tire, clever builders would construct their own out of existing blocks. Thankfully LEGO was smart enough to acknowledge the need for its own tire and the rest is history.