Bridgestone develop airless tyre

No more punctures. Is ts the future?

Posted: 14 March 2012
by Visordown News

BRIDGESTONE have developed a non-pneumatic concept car tyre that may enter production.

The airless tyre uses a structure of spokes stretching along the insides of the tyres, supporting the weight of the vehicle. The concept has been in development by Bridgestone for over two years.

Airless tyres are not a new concept, they have been widely used in industrial and military vehicles, however Bridgestone's concept has been developed to be cheaper to produce and easier to recycle.

Although heavier than a standard tyre, a non-pneumatic tyre would never puncture like a normal tyre could.

None conventional tyres are nothing new: in 1932, Les Blackborough an English dirt-track rider created a new back wheel featuring wooden balls mounted on the rim making it possible to 'broadside rapidly on hard surfaces'. Not ideal for today's rider.

Would you fit a non-pneumatic tyre to your motorcycle?

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Not sure about the bike yet, but I'd have them on the 4x4. Could be very handy in that regard.

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 10:48

If they can make them work for bikes then great, I suspect at the moment, the main push is for cars. This was shown in December,

And I know Michelin have a similar set of prototypes under development, shown last summer on an Audi A4 (I think)

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 14:27

May be "OK" for commuting, but it will never make its way to the track. Extra weight and too few options for "pressure", which needs to change with temperature and track conditions... how are they going to do that with this model?

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 22:20

Off road have been using mooses for years

Posted: 14/03/2012 at 22:44

What happens when mud and snow pack in between the 'spokes'? I think this is one for city cars and not much else

Posted: 15/03/2012 at 11:40

Mooses? That's down right bloody cruel!!!!!!!!

Posted: 16/03/2012 at 08:41

Michelin showed a similar system a few years back, with a flexible spokes inside the tyre arrangement, if I recall correctly.

Posted: 20/03/2012 at 14:06

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