Formula One Tyre Scanner to be Launched at SEMA
If your thinking that a machine capable of predicting tyre wear sounds like science fiction, it may surprise you to learn that some of the most discerning technicians in the tyre business are already using prototypes based on exactly the same technology. Company representatives told Tyres & Accessories that the handheld TAC-Scan has been essential equipment for all Formula One teams over the last four years and is also used by the leading premium tyre manufacturers. In F1 the TAC-Scan’s unique technology has allowed accurate predictions of tyre wear to within one lap in all conditions.
Laser tyre reader predicted tyre wear life to within one lap
TAC-Scan designer and Chief Executive of RL Automotive, Mark Longden, says: “In these times of spiralling costs for many in the Automotive sector, I am proud that in association with Tire Profiles Inc., we are able to offer the market a cost cutting, fuel saving device with a proven Formula One track record in accuracy and efficiency.” In a single scan the laser captures a full profile of any tyre and an integrated handset displays a 2D outline of the tyre to the user. Unique software shows and records this image and enables a printed report of the exact state of the scanned tyres’ tread and wear, thus improving tyre management and fuel efficiency. Easy to use software has also been developed for a larger fleet model of the TAC-Scan for efficient, accurate management of large commercial fleets and multiple axle vehicles.
The laser-based TAC-Scan is patented worldwide and takes 600 tread depth readings across the face of a tyre in five seconds. For further details see December’s issue of Tyres & Accessories.