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Revolutionary new tire design

Or is it a spoof? I've just received this information from a pal who swears that it's real.

These tires are made in South Carolina, USA.


A radical new tire design by Michelin. The next generation of tires. They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show. Yes, those are 'spoke-like' connection fins to the inner part of the tire from the outside tread 'wrap!'

The next picture shows how odd it looks in motion ...

Makes you wonder how the ride feels doesn't it? Well, it is fantastic in the extreme! These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon. The bad news for Police and other law enforcement is that stinger spikes will not work on these.

Just think of the impact on existing technology:

A. No more air valves .
B. No more air compressors at Gas stations .
C. No more repair kits .
D. No more flat tires .
E. Less expensive and more money in the drivers pocket.
F. No need for a spare wheel.

These are actual pictures taken in the South Carolina plant of Michelin.

Can anyone suggest a downside for this new design?
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I seem to recall Michelin showing this concept several years ago. At the time it was strictly a concept, no statement of if or when they might go into production.


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This set of images has been around since that model Audi was new. It turned out to be a test that was never put forth to production. I would imagine the information gained from those tests are what went into the run-flat tires you can buy today for a small up-charge over regular tires. As I remember the primary disadvantages to this prototype was that rocks, mud and the like would easily get stuck in the side "vents" and possibly also ejected at great force. All the modern run-flats are enclosed inside a sidewall and are either similar to this design within, or use two or three segments that lock together inside, but those seem to be more practical for armored vehicles.


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The downside

has got to be unsprung weight. To be reliable those things will have to weigh a ton.
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I have semi-pneumatic wheels using the same idea on my forklift.
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I've seen pictures of those tires a couple of years ago, I think. They were very talked about at the time, but I haven't heard of cars being sold with those tires, even as an option.
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That is a great concept. I would love to see it making a to production stage.
I don't think it will make it will though.
If it wouldn't be for a corporate greed we would be driving 90% self sastainable cars that need very little maintanance.
Couple years ago I watched some scietific program about a chap who converted a regular car to ride on water instead of petrol. Goverment bought the patent for his technology, and I never herd about it again.
Another guy ivented a car battery that never looses power. Patent was bought by some battery makers. I never herd about that technology again eather.
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Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Tweel airless tire goes into production - but not for cars.

Airless tyre enters production - Telegraph
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