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Old 03-16-2015, 02:14 PM   #11
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I remember seeing those at the Detroit auto show something like 10 years ago. Glad to see they've progressed from concept to prototype.

I still think it'll be a while before they become mainstream. Looks like there's just too many possible failure points:

- bonding between tread and spoke
- things in the spokes
- possible pinching of fingers/small animals
- snow and ice buildup

Etc....

Now if they could incorporate some kind of sidewall, that might alleviate a lot of those....




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I'm thinking something like panty hose that is flexible but much stronger. You wouldn't want a run in your new tweels.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:25 PM   #12
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Conestoga wagon, Studebaker? As far as we've come, we're back to the 'wheel'?
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:26 PM   #13
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There's a few things they got right at or very near the beginning of the auto industry, air filled tires and pistons in a cylinder making a crankshaft turn. I don't see either going away any time soon.
Pistons in a cylinder turning a crankshaft. - right on. And if you think about it,as far as I can tell,isn't that the purpose of any engine or motor? Any engine/motor main purpose is to turn a shaft - electric motor,gas or Diesel engine,jet turbine engine etc.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:31 PM   #14
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Amazing new tires...
Michelin Tires... Absolutely SCARY looking...

Look for 'em in August.
These tires are made in South Carolina , USA

SEE THROUGH TIRES

Radical new tire design by Michelin.

The next generation of tires.
They had a pair at the Philadelphia car show.

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What's the purpose of the "Deformable Wheel"? If you want this tire to continue to run or "limp" for X amount of miles after blowout,wouldn't you want the wheel to be Undeformable?
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Tires?

We've come full circle!
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Old 03-16-2015, 04:12 PM   #16
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What's the purpose of the "Deformable Wheel"? If you want this tire to continue to run or "limp" for X amount of miles after blowout,wouldn't you want the wheel to be Undeformable?
If you 'deform' it , it goes back to conformity all by its self, like memory foam, I
ve seen this for years but each time I see it they have improved it, it is / has been developed and used by the military in different countries.
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If you 'deform' it , it goes back to conformity all by its self, like memory foam, I
ve seen this for years but each time I see it they have improved it, it is / has been developed and used by the military in different countries.
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Ok - I didn't see that in the pictures. Your pic here looks like that would make one monster of a snow tire.
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Wonder where they got the idea?
I made a glass topped coffee table out of one of these and 4 horse hanes we have in our family room. Opps, it is now under the back porch as of a few minutes ago. TOWTA re-arranged everything. (Again)
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I saw these on a quad 4wheeler at the the sport show in harrisburg 2 years ago looked pretty cool
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And if you use the new version you do not have to chock the wheels anymore when setting up.
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