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New tires?

My dad e-mailed this to me, have you seen(heard) of these?


Do you believe this???


Attached are pictures of the new Michelin tires. These tires are airless and are scheduled to be out on the market very soon.

The bad news for law enforcement is that spike strips will
not work on these tires.

This is what great R&D will do and just think of the impact
on existing technology:
.no more air valves
.no more air compressors at gas stations
.no more repair kits

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 03-23-2006, 07:09 PM
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great idea, but different cars would each require a different tire based on weight?



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great idea, but different cars would each require a different tire based on weight?
I don't know. The idea seems sound, but I wonder about sidewall flex(or roll). A cars suspension is also the tires so I would think so. Kinda looks like a car on old wagon wheels.:

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? I think I will about 5,000,,,0,,,0,0,0,,0 people buy them first!
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Yeah they are real they have one down at Mercedes benz of Lindon. pretty cool looking.

Also a cool rim is the Lexan plastic middle with just a steel hoop so you can see the brakes and everything. There are a few pictures floating around of those.
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I read years back about this new breed of tyre wheel combo in the wind and it will also be easy to retread the wheel once it has worn down. Be interesting to see what a bike one looks like, if they make one of course.


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Also it will be a case of stiff shit for the buyer, if it comes with a virtual tyre pressure and you can't change it for perhaps, better grip.


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cool tire

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Also it will be a case of stiff shit for the buyer, if it comes with a virtual tyre pressure and you can't change it for perhaps, better grip.
Maybe you could buy different "pressure" tires for prefference.

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Maybe you could buy different "pressure" tires for prefference.
Actually I was thinking the same thing myself, but just wanted to air some views


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MICHELIN LETS THE AIR OUT OF FUTURE TIRE INNOVATION

Michelin announces two fitments for its revolutionary non-pneumatic Tweel™

DETROIT, M.I. (January 9, 2005) – Today at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) Michelin showcased a potential future for mobility, an integrated tire and wheel combination missing one ingredient that is vital for traditional tire performance...air. The company unveiled the first real-world fitments for its revolutionary "Tweel" – which operates entirely without air. View the photo gallery.

"Major revolutions in mobility may come along only once in a hundred years," said Terry Gettys, president of Michelin Americas Research and Development Center in Greenville, S.C. "But a new century has dawned and Tweel has proven its potential to transform mobility. Tweel enables us to reach levels of performance that quite simply aren't possible with today's conventional pneumatic technology."

Michelin's Tweel is in production and available as an enhancement for future iBOT™ mobility systems. Invented by Dean Kamen, the iBOT™ mobility device has the ability to climb stairs and navigate uneven terrain, offering mobility freedom impossible with traditional wheelchairs. Additionally, Segway LLC's Concept Centaur, a prototype that applies self-balancing technology to a four-wheel device, has also been equipped with Tweel to increase its performance potential.

Beyond these first real-world applications, Michelin has additional projects for Tweel on construction skidsteers and a variety of military vehicles. The most intriguing application may be Michelin's early prototype Tweel fitment for passenger cars. The mobility company released video of promising Tweel performance on an Audi A4.

"The Tweel automotive application, as demonstrated on the Audi, is definitely a concept, a stretch application with strong future potential," said Gettys. "Our concentration is to enter the market with lower-speed, lower-weight Tweel applications. What we learn from our early successes will be applied to Tweel fitments for passenger cars and beyond."

Benefits of Tweel™:
The heart of Tweel innovation is its deceptively simple looking hub and spoke design that replaces the need for air pressure while delivering performance previously only available from pneumatic tires. The flexible spokes are fused with a flexible wheel that deforms to absorb shock and rebound with unimaginable ease. Without the air needed by conventional tires, Tweel still delivers pneumatic-like performance in weight-carrying capacity, ride comfort, and the ability to "envelope" road hazards.

Michelin has also found that it can tune Tweel performances independently of each other, which is a significant change from conventional tires. This means that vertical stiffness (which primarily affects ride comfort) and lateral stiffness (which affects handling and cornering) can both be optimized, pushing the performance envelope in these applications and enabling new performances not possible for current inflated tires. The Tweel prototype, demonstrated on the Audi A4, is within five percent of the rolling resistance and mass levels of current pneumatic tires. That translates to within one percent of the fuel economy of the OE fitment. Additionally, Michelin has increased the lateral stiffness by a factor of five, making the prototype unusually responsive in its handling.

Future of Tweel™ Technology:
For Michelin, Tweel is a long-term vision that represents the next step in a long path of industry-changing innovations. Fifty years ago, Michelin invented the radial tire and there is no question that radial tire technology will continue as the standard for a long time to come. Michelin continues to advance the performance of the radial tire in areas such as rolling resistance, wear life and grip. In the short-term, the lessons learned from Tweel research are being applied to improve those conventional tire performances. In the future, Tweel may reinvent the way that vehicles move. Checking tire pressure, fixing flats, highway blow-outs and balancing between traction and comfort could all fade into memory.
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Wow! I din't think they were gonna continue the concept.

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