This week, from the "cool things for your car" file - airless tires! Back in 2011, tire manufacturer Bridgestone introduced AirFree, their take on airless tires. Take a look at the video to see these beauties in motion:
The tires are made of thermo-plastic resin that can be recycled at the end of the tire's life, making them more environmentally friendly than traditional tires. They provide the same level of shock absorption as traditional tires, but won't be punctured by broken glass or even spike strips. With airless tires, you'd never have to check the air pressure or change a flat. Pretty neat!
Back in 2011, the airless tires' load-bearing capabilities meant that could only be used on personal vehicles, like scooters. Then, at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Bridgestone revealed a new iteration of the AirFree tires that are almost ready for your car. Well…closer than before.
With improved load bearing and speed capability, the latest AirFree tires are being used on vehicles bigger than a go-kart. Can your SUV be far behind?
I think these tires look elegant - and who wouldn't love never having to change a flat tire again? Then again, once something gets caught in the exposed spokes, that could be a problem - so finding a way to avoid debris clogging up the works while preserving the visual appeal of the tires must be high on the list for AirFree developers.
Airless tires are a ways off yet - would you get them for your car when they're available? Let us know in the comments!
- Rose R.