The concept Lexus UX runs on Goodyear’s Urban Crossover concept tyres at the Paris Motor Show
Lexus has introduced its Lexus UX concept car, fitted with Goodyear Urban Crossover concept tyres, at the Paris Motor Show 2016. The car is matched with special tyres, showcasing the cooperation between the two companies.
Lexus wanted Goodyear to “explore new frontiers of tyre design and apply state-of-the-art technology” in the tyres, reflecting the design of the car; in order to achieve this Goodyear committed to the inside-out philosophy adopted by Lexus for this model, which makes the internal elements blend with the external ones and vice versa. Thus the spokes of the rim flow smoothly into the sidewall design of the tyre, creating one unique feature consistent with the rest of the car.
The sections of the sidewall, integrated in the wheel, give the tyre its urban crossover look, while the tread pattern gives the tyre a dynamic appearance. The tyre’s design is created using Goodyear’s hi-tech laser carving technique.
The tyre incorporates state-of-the-art features, such as Goodyear’s Sound Comfort Technology, which uses an open-cell polyurethane foam element attached to the inner surface of the tyre. This technology dampens the tyre cavity resonance sound peak that is generated when the tyre rolls over a surface, enabling the vehicle’s cabin to be extremely quiet.
With this concept, Goodyear has combined its Sound Comfort Technology with the chip-in-tyre technology, showcased at Geneva in 2014, for the first time. The chip sends vital information to the car’s on-board computer, enhancing the stability and performance of the car when cornering and braking. This system transmits information on tyre pressure, temperature and the tyre identification details to the vehicle’s computer, which is then able to automatically refine the car’s longitudinal and lateral control algorithms.
Furthermore, the new concept tyre is equipped with Goodyear’s RunOnFlat Technology, which incorporates reinforced sidewalls that can properly carry the weight of a car for up to 50 miles after a puncture with complete loss of air pressure.
David Anckaert, general director OE product development EMEA at Goodyear, comments: “We are proud to present this innovative concept tyre for the Lexus UX concept, which confirms once again Goodyear’s experience in providing OEMs with tailor-made solutions. Our designers succeeded in developing a tyre that is consistent with the car’s design philosophy, and at the same time we managed to answer the Lexus drivers’ needs for comfort, driving pleasure and safety by building on technologies currently available to consumers in our product portfolio such as Sound Comfort Technology and the RunOnFlat Technology.”