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That doesn't look safe to me...
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is there an official link to these?
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Gross!
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Actually michellin has been developing these for about the last 10yrs or so. My dad worked at the Dunlop plant here in Huntsville for about 30yrs before they closed it about 8yrs ago or so and moved the plant up to buffalo. They still have the test track here and is still in use by ferrari, porche, benz, honda, audi and range rover. its one of the few high tech test tracs in the country. They can do ANY type of road condtion in ANY trpe of weather condition. Michellin had those out there yrs ago and that why they'll never see production. spike strips are useless against them and you can run over curbs and whatnot at 70+ mph and not damage the rim.
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lol forklift tires for cars!

Very cool concept IMO. The proverbial wheel has been reinvented.
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Oooh i want a set do they come in 35's LOL
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what happens when you need to air down your 33" mud tire to go off road?
Yea i see what your saying but look at the pic when the car is cornering and when he goes over the curb it molds to the surface of the terrain.
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Yea im telling you if interco gets a hold of those blueprints there will be a wicked market for those lmao
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I want to see what happens when you run over a massive pothole on the highway, and don't say "Oh I'd swerve to miss it. I'm talking NASCAR style highway driving, 75mph, 3 lanes, everyone bumper-to-bumper.......no reaction time.

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Yea i see what your saying but look at the pic when the car is cornering and when he goes over the curb it molds to the surface of the terrain.
all tires conform to surfaces somewhat but when you get into sand or mud they arent going to do the same thing as when you run up aginst a curb. also how are they going to compensate for heaver or lighter vehicles?
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These have been in development for a long time. and are a great system. no more blow outs and the biggest advantage, no change in pressure, no leaking, ect = safer roads. because they are using Polyurethane they will be very durable, very predictable, tunable to any application. not to mention the lateral and vertical flex can be tuned completely independent of each other. hopefully soon the balancing issues will be solved and we will see the death of the pneumatic tire on highway vehicle.
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