Lets take a look at wheels and tires for a moment. Agreed we get whimsical during the "Dog Days of Summer".
Today we take bigger wheels and low aspect ratio tires for granted.
If you are of a certain age, you surely remember the standard 75 aspect ratio tires with 14 inch rims. Back when 9.00 x 14 were as big as you could get. Yes some cars even had 13 inch wheels.
The advent of wide oval 70 aspect tires, and subsequently the advent of 60 aspect tires still on 15 inch wheels. You surely remember "wide oval" tires.
If you had an interest in hot rodding the classic American Racing 5 spoke 15 inch wheel was to die for at the time. Or the Halibrand kidney wheel on a hot rod.
These small diameter wheels (by today's standards) of the time provided limited room for brakes, and limited brake performance on cars.
At one point 16 inch, then 17 inch, up to 20 inch wheels emerged, with aspect ratios of 55, then 45, and 40. and 35.
The larger diameter wheels provide room for dramatically bigger brakes, no wonder braking performance of all vehicles has improved.
Obvious the lower aspect ratio tires, especially when they are high performance provide a higher level of grip.
As well as a higher rate of wear. Modern performance tires have a short life expectancy. Especially when aggressive driving is involved.
If back in the day you could hit a pot hole with a 75 aspect tire and it was not a big deal, hitting the same pot hole with a 35 aspect ratio can quickly become an expensive deal.
Often the tire and rim are damaged.
Needless to mention that modern tires, and larger rims are a vast improvement raising the performance level of any vehicle.
Yes...we prefer that larger rims and lower aspect ratio tires within bounds of reason. The old school tires feel vague compared to today's tires.