Hankook has given us a preview of what it believes could be the future of tyres, with the unveiling of three concepts in Germany.
The tyres were jointly developed with Pforzheim University within the subject of global warming (‘A Great Challenge For A Great Change’), and were on display at the Essen Motor Show.
The three concepts are called ‘Boostrac’, ‘Aplike’ and ‘Hyblade’, with each featuring a transformable tread and seemingly indestructible.
The Boostrac is at home on most driving surfaces, including sand, tarmac and mud, while Aplike is your choice is you encounter a lot of snow.
Hyblade features diagonal ‘fins’, enabling the user to drive across a body of water. We imagine the choice of vehicle would be critical before attempting such a feat…
The tyres all possess features which adapt to their surroundings, including increased circumferences and widening tread patterns.
Whether any of these tyres will ever make it into production for fitment to cars of the future is unclear, but the proposed ‘race to the death’ demonstration series (see video, top of page) might be a good way to market them.
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