First shown to the public at the recent Paris Motor Show, Michelin’s new tyres have done away with the concept of the pneumatic tyre and returned to something approaching the age-old solid tyre.

The prototype tyre was initially conceived for particularly tough road conditions in countries like China and India where potholes are the norm. It is also expected to remove the burden of punctures with the associated penalties in time and money.

The Michelin airless tyre is being promoted not only as puncture-proof, but also as maintenance-free that does not require inflating.

The construction of the tyre, labelled by Michelin as a ‘fly trap’ is a radial structure made of high-performance composite materials onto which a rubber tread is bonded.

Daniel Laurent, Michelin director of conception and development said the tyre is made from 115 rings of tough resin laced with glass fibre.

“It remains roadworthy even when shot with a rifle. Tests show it will outlast the average car (150,000 miles), leaving just the outer treads to be replaced periodically. No more pressure checks, no more flats, no more spare wheels,” he said.

No date has yet been set for the commercial launch of the tyre, but it may not be long before the roads are filled with commercial vehicles running on airless tyres.  

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Stockholm’s svelte week of design

Stockholm’s svelte week of design

It’s a known fact that Northern Europe is a very well organised place. Sweden is no exception. The feeling that one has when arriving in Stockholm – which every February features an International Furniture Fair and Design Week – is always of astonishment: nothing is out of place. Not in a nerdy, overly controlled way, but, rather, in a very human, playful and liberating sense.

Share, Work
Reaching new territorie

Reaching new territorie

An event not to be missed offering the opportunity to celebrate 
the best in product design. International leaders from design, architecture, industry, media and politics gathered at this year’s glamorous red dot gala awards night and exhibition opening in Essen, Germany.

News
The bathroom experience

The bathroom experience

Many people dream of having a bathroom with remote-controlled massage or body-jet shiatsu features, illuminated by layers of multicoloured, ever-changing LED strips.

Rest
Simplicity itself

Simplicity itself

Set in a large minimalist white space at Hong Kong’s AsiaWorld-Expo site, the latest Philips Simplicity Event was unveiled in March to hundreds of designers and guests from the Asia region.

News, Share