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Radical ‘new’ tire design by Michelin

June 30, 2008

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I know they've been out a while but I hadn't seen them till my niece Kelly sent me an e-mail with these photos. Anyway, I figured if I hadn't seen them maybe others hadn't either.

The accompanying blurb says:-

Radical new tire design by Michelin. The next generation of 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:
A.) no more air valves...
B.) no more air compressors at gas stations....
C.) no more repair kits...
D.) no more flats...

I was surprised to see the new Michelin tires though on an Audi in a Philadelphia Car show, but I guess the Germans do make the world's best cars... they just cant win wars. So now I've both offended and pleased some Americans & Germans. Oh well, you can please some of the people etc. etc. Take the blue pill not the red one if it's a problem.

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Comments

18 Responses to “Radical ‘new’ tire design by Michelin”

  1. Yannis on July 1st, 2008 3:24 am

    That is an great design, thinking way outside the box. Hopefully it get a strong acceptance in the market.

  2. E.J. Sexton on July 1st, 2008 7:40 am

    You forgot improved gas mileage and better handling–your tires will never be under-inflated again.

  3. Brian on July 1st, 2008 7:59 am

    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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  5. E J Hermon on January 23rd, 2009 2:04 pm

    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”?

  6. TC R on January 28th, 2009 12:25 am

    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…

  7. Emmett on February 18th, 2009 10:23 pm

    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.

  8. Tom Moir on February 20th, 2009 6:20 pm

    How about putting these on the Race track-there would be a good test..

  9. JOSIE on April 15th, 2009 11:30 am

    They look like a copy-cat of bicycle tires ,,, made for small cars….ridiculous!

    Josie

  10. Benson.U.D on September 27th, 2009 3:10 am

    I want to know how to derive the neutral plyline equation

    r1=(R2-r2)/2R1

  11. jacob theodore on January 8th, 2010 7:26 am

    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.

  12. Crazy New Michelin Tires - Cadillac Owners Group on March 5th, 2010 8:09 am

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  13. Big Jeff on March 12th, 2010 11:50 pm

    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.

  14. john on June 22nd, 2010 2:07 am

    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.

  15. ALbert Bresca on October 23rd, 2011 12:56 am
  16. Michael on January 13th, 2012 8:38 am

    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….

  17. BARTH on January 24th, 2012 11:53 am

    How does the tire bead seat to the wheel/rim without air pressure? and then how does the tire stay on the wheel?

  18. Brian H Bourgoine on July 9th, 2012 11:31 am

    Snow ?? I see these tire loading up with snow & ice at low speed and deep snow conditions…

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