Google: By eliminating any grooves cut into the tread, such tires provide the largest possible contact patch to the road, and maximize traction for any given tire dimension.
My understanding is that the friction force between any two object does not depend on the area in contact. So there should be the same friction force between the tire and the ground whether the tire is smooth or not. How does this relate to traction and tractive forces?
Does it mean that for two identical cars A and B. If A has slicks and B has treaded tires. The engines are of equal power. They will have the same friction with the road but because A has better traction it will accelerate at a higher rate?