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New tire can active studs with the press of a button

Discussion in 'Wheels & Tires' started by Sean266, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Feb 19, 2014 at 8:14 AM
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    Sean266

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    In the midst one of the most grueling winters in recent years, many motorists likely wish that at the push of a button they could give their tires extra grip, without having to swap tires, chains or otherwise make repeated visits to Discount Tire.
    Now, thanks to a Finnish company, that may soon be possible.

    On the 80th anniversary of the winter tire, Nokian has revealed its latest concept — a "non-studded" winter tire with retractable studs. The driver merely presses a button within the car to raise metal pins in the tread, turning ordinary winter tires into ones capable of handling Mother Nature at her worst. Or even Finland.

    Utilizing a Nokian studded Hakkapeliitta tire, the company modified the hard metal pin in the middle of the stud to retract in and out, leaving the main body to remain in place. And while it remains a concept, Nokian says it's the future of winter tires — a future that might not be too far away.
     
  2. Feb 19, 2014 at 9:37 AM
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    Relentless

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  3. Feb 19, 2014 at 9:38 AM
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    now that's pretty awesome... add that to a tire that can last 150k miles and you got something special.
     
  4. Feb 20, 2014 at 11:28 AM
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    MikeS.

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    I bought this on 1/12/14 and have added a code alarm remote start, an Alpine head unit with Nav and a backup camera.
    Great idea in theory, we'll see if actually practical.
     
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