Airless Tires gaining traction?

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by Mike
Posted September 11th, 2009 at 5:38 am

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While I’m not too much of a car guy, there is auto tech that does pique my interest from time to time. A perfect example of this interest piquing can be seen in this latest product Uncle Sam is testing: Airless Tires. While such contraptions aren’t new as they have been built before (moon lander used airless tires), actual usable products here on planet earth for an actual car application aren’t too common. However, this latest prototype the military is giving a beat down to will hopefully make it’s way to the civilian market soon. Just from the looks alone, I’d be willing to sign half my life to the undertaker just to rock these on my car. But looks aren’t this tires only bread and butter. According to the manufacturer, Resilient Technologies, the tire is able to keep on rollin’ with as much as 30% of the honeycomb destroyed — a useful feature when running over a roadside bomb running from insurgent. Though for us more slower paced kid toting people, we’ll have to deal more with potholes, animals, and whatever else wonders into the road.

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If you’re into the whole auto arena, this isn’t the first airless tire to come across your radar. Michelin has been working on their own airless tire called the “Tweel” since 2005. The difference is of course the physical appearance and the fact that this is more geared towards consumers. Read: looks a tad more comfortable to drive on and probably is… So pick your poison. The heavy duty rugged as all get out military spec airless tire or the soft as a baby bunnies backside edition. Leave it below.

Admit it. You’re getting giddy over tires…

Source: Dvice, Make Zine, Scientific American

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