Bridgestone shows off airless tyre at Tokyo show
Michelin has its Tweel, Goodyear the lunar Spring Tire, and now Bridgestone has unveiled its own airless tyre at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese manufacturer’s take on the airless concept employs a mesh of thermoplastic resin spokes that support the tyre’s tread. The spokes are positioned tangentially from the tyre’s centre and the outer tread layer is made from tyre rubber; all tread and inner components are produced using 100 per cent recyclable materials, Bridgestone states.
The airless tyre concept has been produced in a 9-inch diameter and is undergoing testing on a one-seat electric vehicle. Bridgestone says initial tests have been successful and have shown the tyre to deliver a comfortable, low-noise ride. No firm plans to commercially produce the tyre or a potential retail price have been announced.