Michelin X-Tweel Comparison Test

14 Jun

Michelin posted an interesting video on YouTube: the French tire manufacturer set up a comparison test between its X-Tweel SSL airless tire, a solid tire and a bias pneumatic tire. All tests were run on Caterpillar 252B3 skid steer loaders. The tests mimicked operating conditions or situations a skid steer loader operator would encounter during their […]

Polaris Releases TerrainArmor Airless Tires

20 Nov

We have reported on Polaris and their airless tire development efforts several times over the past year. Last time the news from Polaris was that they intended to commercialize their distinctively honeycomb shaped tires in early 2014. The great news is that Polaris now announced the launch of their new all-terrain vehicle, the Sportsman WV850 […]

Michelin Tweel Wins Silver Medal at 2013 Edison Awards

5 May

Michelin X-Tweel SSL

Michelin North America was awarded a silver medal in the 2013 Edison Awards. With the X-Tweel SSL, Michelin took second place in the Transportation category. Gold went to Delphi Automotive with its „Connected Car“ device and the smart parking application „Parker“ by Streetline Inc. Took bronze honors.     “This is a tremendous honor for […]

Polaris Airless Tires Featured on Fox News

10 Mar

Polaris Airless ATV Tires

On March 6th and 7th, I noticed a sudden and significant increase in the visitor numbers to this blog. After a little inquiry, the reason for the spoke in traffic became clear: Fox News had released a story on the Polaris airless ATV tires that spread like wildfire across internet forums and news sites.   […]

Polaris ATVs On Non-Pneumatic Tires

16 Feb

Polaris ATV with non-pneumatic tires

As already hinted in my blog post on Resilient Technologies, there has been some interesting news concerning the ‘honeycomb airless tires’: during the 2012 Association of the United State Army’s Annual Meeting and Exposition (AUSA), Polaris Defense, a division of Polaris Industries Inc., unveiled ATVs sporting a honeycomb wheel design. A closer look confirms the uncanny […]

Resilient Technologies Airless Tire Gallery

15 Feb

Resilient NPT on Test Drum


Resilient Technologies – The Honeycomb Tire

10 Feb

Mounting the Resilient NPT on a Humvee

Michelin, Bridgestone, Yokohama, these are some of the well known names in the tire industry and each one of these tire companies has placed a bet in the airless tire race. However, the established tire manufacturers are not the only ones to have recognized the potential of non-pneumatic tires. A handful of start-ups is trying […]

The Tweel – For Sale, Finally!

5 Nov

In my October blog post on the Michelin Tweel I have still been musing as to when Michelin might be commercializing the Tweel, a technology they announced with a lot of fanfare some seven years ago.                     Well, Michelin has undoubtedly created clarity now: on October […]

Yokohama’s Airless Concept Tire – A Non-Pneumatic Secret?

28 Oct

In October 2011, the Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. became the first mid-sized tire company to enter the airless tire space. At the “Good Design Expo” in Tokyo the Japanese tire maker revealed its version of a non-pneumatic tire named “Youmyaku”. The unveiling of Yokohama’s airfree tire was surprisingly low key though as it was simply […]

Bridgestone Airless Tire Gallery

21 Oct

Photo credit: Bridgestone