June 30, 2008
Written by Beam · Filed Under Photos, Places, Technology
18 Responses to “Radical ‘new’ tire design by Michelin”
That is an great design, thinking way outside the box. Hopefully it get a strong acceptance in the market.
You forgot improved gas mileage and better handling–your tires will never be under-inflated again.
When I used to work for Bridgestone about 6 years ago, these tires were currently in development then. I’ve spoken with Michelin representatives through the years regarding these tires, and the general consensus is that they will never be brought into production.
PS, I’m German. ;p
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I have seen demos of this tire about 6 or 7 years ago also. I think that if it was coming it would be here by now. I have not seen any pictures of it running in the rain or on snow. “Michelin what’s the story”?
I want to ride some & see some after 40K miles before I buy any. How do they fare on hard curves w/no sidewall? Germans make good tires tho…
Just think if tire manufactures can think out of the box…like tires you don’t have to fill or get flat. Then why can’t car manufactures think out of the box like getting 60 miles per gallon of gas. Not to mention keeping prices under $15,000 that would put the business back into car manufactures here in the United States. Do we really need all those bells and whistles they put in cars. It is only costing more money in repairs. I’m ready to buy and older car.
How about putting these on the Race track-there would be a good test..
They look like a copy-cat of bicycle tires ,,, made for small cars….ridiculous!
I want to know how to derive the neutral plyline equation
Uh, it sure looks like the tire developed and patented by Grumman Aircraft about 20 or so years ago that they couldn’t get off the ground, marketing-wise. The Lunar Rover ran around the surface of the moon with similarly constructed tires. They shoveled sand like a water wheel.
Also if they want to make this thing work they’ll have to put sidewalls on them to keep debris out. You know, rock, mud. stones, dirt. etc. Any kind of crap buildup in those pockets will seriously unbalance the tires and have the whole vehicle bouncing around like it had a hot foot at high speed.
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These tires would never work in the Northern States. Snow and ice would pack between the fins causing an out-of-balance condition. Anyone who has ever had snow build up on their tires will know what I mean.
I don’t see how it would be practical without sidewalls. Even a small rock in the spokes would be held in by centrifugal force and cause imbalance. Also, how about hard turns, etc. It looks like the edge would catch on a curb during a sideways slide and could cause the car to flip. Any sideways slide would also scoop up dirt or other debris.
These will be about $1000 per tire because it it something new….
Wait a few more years and then buy some when the price comes down to a reasonable level….
How does the tire bead seat to the wheel/rim without air pressure? and then how does the tire stay on the wheel?
Snow ?? I see these tire loading up with snow & ice at low speed and deep snow conditions…
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