Amazing airless tyres!

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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.

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Reply By: Life Member - Phil B (WA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:55

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 08:55
My immediate thoughts were - yep puncture proof

BUT If travelling the corros on the CSR etc get good dental cover to replace lost fillings before you go!

Then I thought about being bogged in goop or sand.

BUT I guess its early days and a break through in technology which could lead to more improvements.

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Reply By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:25

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:25
I don't think "ride quality" is an issue in the vehicle of the first picture anyway.
The current trendy Low Profile tyres don't provide much ride quality also.

Inventions of airless tyres have been presented almost since motor vehicles have existed. Sooner or later they will succeed, but I think it is likely that it will be with a newly developed foam-type compound filling the tyre rather than a mechanical arrangement as shown above.

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Reply By: gbc - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:39

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:39
That article is about as old as the audi in the photos. About 1997 if I recall correctly. They had a trial tyre for the 75 series in the mines from the same company. 15 odd years is a long time though - maybe they got it right - again....
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Follow Up By: aussiedingo. (River Rina) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:57

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:57
probably still on the same set since then! that's gettin' your money's worth. lol
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Follow Up By: Member - Jack - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 19:11

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 19:11
Correct. I saw a similar things many moons ago as well. The more things change the more they stay the same. Still, newer materials may provide the breakthrough needed to make them viable.

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Reply By: Rob! - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:43

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 09:43
Since you can't air down, you'd need a different set of tyres for sand and for the blacktop.
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Reply By: landseka - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 10:41

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 10:41
The military must only get flats on the steer tyres, note the rear wheel has a conventional tyre. :-)

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Reply By: Gossy - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 11:48

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 11:48
When in the military in the 80's we tried new tyre concepts (solid rubber etc).

Great ideas at the time but didn't work in reality (solid rubber chipped very easily etc). The thinking has obviously moved on since then; these look great!
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Follow Up By: equinox - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:31

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:31
I've used solids in the Tanami in the 90's.

They don't get punctures however I don't think would be too good on the transmission over time as they are extremely heavy.

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Reply By: Motherhen - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 13:38

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 13:38
While the principal looks promising, considering the number of year those pictures have been floating around the internet, i doubt the product will ever be one we could purchase.

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 13:49

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 13:49
Considering that attempts at man-made flying objects began from 200BC, it has taken a long while to get to where we are today. Some concepts take a while to become practical devices....... be patient.

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Reply By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 19:10

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 19:10
Seems like tires have come full circle (pun pun)
The patent on pneumatic tires was claimed in 1846. Now in 2012 we're wanting airless again!
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Reply By: Member - MUZBRY(Vic) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 19:51

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 19:51
Gay
They are called a tweel and have been around for thirty or more years. They are available on bobcats .



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Reply By: Member - Doug T (NT) - Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:25

Thursday, Mar 01, 2012 at 23:25
Bridgestone goes airless in tire concept for Tokyo show.

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Reply By: Bazooka - Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 22:45

Saturday, Mar 03, 2012 at 22:45
Instead of latrine duties they'll have wheel cleaning.
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