Airless tires

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  1. Steve

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    If you don't like the way runflats work and feel, just imagine trying to adapt to these things.

    Bridgestone Airless Tire: Puncture-Proof Tech On The Way (allcartech.com)
     
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    Hope they come in wider sizes and better colors... :)
     
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    Michelin calls it Tweel

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pcdmH_hVWBY]Michelin's Revolutionary Airless Tires - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    Would be cool if they could be "stiffened" for autocrossing applications. Not sure how that will work...
     
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    But I just bought an air compressor. :confused:
     
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    Yes, Michelin developed this idea many years ago and thought it was going to be the future of car tyres. Didn't happen, so this Bridgestone version may be, ahem, marketing material.
     
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    Yeah, air pressure stiffens the sidewalls. Wonder how well these will work with side loading.
     
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    Tweel, that's it. It's been so long since I saw anything about Michelin's version I forgot what they called it. That name points out an aspect many miss, the tire and wheel are a unit.
     
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    Huh, I thought that was a color. Kinda bluish gray....
     
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    Can you imagine the balance issues if those were used in the snow on a car? Seems like a decent tire for a bobcat, but not for my MINI.
     
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    Yup, I'm thinking low-speed applications are best unless they can figure out a way to keep out snow, gravel, etc.
     
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    Yeah but..... then you could get one of these JCW upgrade kits......:D

    [ame=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDafMzo4HO8&feature=related]Turbospoke - The Bicycle Exhaust System - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    That is sooo cool. I want 2 for my MINI. JCW FTW!!! Simply craptastic!!! :cool: We could mod the sound cards & get an Aston V12 roarrrrrr...

    Let's do a group buy. Can we have a turbospoke garage day at the shop Chuck? Please! :D
     
  14. ZippyNH

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    Wonder if they get softer as the plastic fatigues....so start out hard, end up cadalic soft...
     
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    It has been my experience with things made of rubber & plastic that they get harder or maybe more brittle as time goes by. That is an interesting thought. Once those ribs start breaking those tweel things may become useless.
     
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    Just picture this...hit a pothole...
    rather than a blowout, and stopping on the side on a metal rim, you end up shattering the plastic wheel/rim combo...and skid to a stop on the rotor/hub....
    i guess by then we will have all regenitive braking, and electroic or fuel cell powered cars...but when this concept becomes ma)instreem, cars as a hobby will be truely dead...no different rims (ok styled sidewalls)....cars will truely be like a basic appliance...like a toaster(prius on stroids).
     

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