Originally Posted by wmtire
Seems to be a variant somewhat of Michelins Tweel.
The balancing problem is what has been keeping the Tweel from coming on passenger vehicles and trucks.
I wonder if this can get past that.
Looking at the "structure" I'd be concerned about flat spotting after the vehicle sits for even short periods.
In a conventional tire the load support is a cushion of air with a relatively small containment structure (tire body and tread). This concept relies on the structure to carry load and remain flexible at all times. Sitting in one place, especially on a sub zero day?
So far the only place I've seen tires/wheels like this used is on low speed, high puncture hazard areas like Land Fills, Salvage Yards, etc. Essentially vehicles that have speed requirements limited to around 35 mph or less. Solid fill for tires has been around for years and both balance and heat have always been the bugaboo to getting them on the road at highway speeds. Solid fill has worked pretty good on kid's bicycles though.