Posted Jan 2nd 2013 7:15PM
High performance tires are constantly evolving and improving with the latest use of advanced tire technology and rubber materials. If the futuristic results of a recent Hankook Tire design competition serve as any indication, it looks like the high performance tires of tomorrow will be drastically different.
Hankook challenged a group of industrial design students to create advanced automotive designs for the tires of the future. The winning entry by University of Cincinnati student Ben Zavala took the assignment somewhat literally, with his "Tiltread" car tire rolling into corners at an angle similar to those of motorcycle tires.
Zavala's breakthrough idea was to split the tire into three parallel ring sections, each mounted on a corresponding split section of wheel. As the wheel turns and leans, the three rubber sections are individually raised or lowered, allowing them all to maintain traction with the road surface. Tiltread's wheels are hubless and contain an electric drive motor which varies power to each tyre section, allowing the sections to spin at different rates during cornering.
"Hankook proposed a very challenging assignment that provided the students with real-world insights as to how tires are currently designed, manufactured and the performance issues they must address," said University of Cincinnati associate professor Ralph Zammit.
Click here to watch the gripping tire animation video of the design contest finalists in action.
News Source: Hankook via YouTube