Not sure how old this is. Another email from a friend:
No more Fix-a-flat, no more air compressors, no more spare tires, no more auto jacks, no more tools rattling in the trunk. Will it reduce the price of cars? Will it reduce the cost of roadside service? Will some businesses go out of business?
They have been testing these for several years now.
Resilient Tech was developing them for the military.
Amazing new tires........................ Michelin Tires... 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.
I'm not sure I like these tires. I can see ice & snow getting packed in the spokes of these and getting unbalanced.
The Michelin Tweel concept has been around for quite some time now.
Polaris uses a similar design on the ATV's they manufacture for the military. IIRC, they have the capability to function even after a taking a .50 BMG hit. Recently they made that ATV model available to the public, along with the option for those tires:
As of the last that I found on them(info a couple yrs old), they are NOT AT ALL rated for highway travel, nor are they rated for a comfortable ride. They were initially designed for the military HMMWV. They are initially known for being a very rough ride, and the tires were to replace those getting shot out in combat, or blown out by shrapnel, grenades, IEDs, etc. It takes the whole run-flat tire concept to a new level. They are designed for urban assault and other insane levels of terrain that most all consumer level drivers do not see. They also cap out at a rated 45 or 50mph, i can't remember which.
As for an offroading tire, this most definitely has it's excellent niche(deep forest trails come to mind). For on road use, I'm not so sure it would be very good just yet.
I'm keeping my eyes on 'em though, I love the concept
1995 ZJ ltd, 4.0 i6, *cough stock cough* 253,xxx and still pumping strong
1998 Chevy Cheyenne K1500, 5.7L Vortec, mostly stock
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[QUOTE=JasonStebbins]We can call it the Whoosh King Catalog System. :D[/QUOTE]