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Jscott Jscott 09/13/2017 - 01:44am

Tire Concept By Continental That Can Alter Its Footprint For Changing Weather

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    Continental Tires has revealed an incredible concept wheel and tire that can alter the latter's footprint on the road, for much lower rolling resistance, maximum wet-weather grip and more

    Fancy a break from the assault of new car after new car? Well we’ve got just the medicine you need. Continental Tyres has announced two futuristic in-tyre technologies that include electrically-conductive rubber – and wheels that can change shape and alter tyre pressure to suit the road conditions.

    The first, ContiSense, uses tyre-monitoring sensors to measure tread depth, temperature and damage, sounding warnings if anything dangerous is going on. That could be amazing on track days, letting you know about punctures even before the pressure starts to drop, or highlighting overheating so you don’t ruin the compound.

    Continental says the sensors themselves are rubber-based but can wirelessly transmit electrical signals to the car’s main brain. Neat. The data can even be sent to a smartphone, so if the puncture happens as you pull into a parking space, your phone will tell you even if your car doesn’t have time to.

    The second system is ContiAdapt, which combines micro-compressors integrated into the wheel itself with a variable-width rim. The airtight system can modify the size of the contact patch according to the prevailing road conditions, with four pre-set configurations at this stage: wet, uneven, slippery and normal.

    On smooth, dry roads the tyre pressures would go up and the rim width would shrink for a large overall reduction in rolling resistance. The opposites would happen on slippery surfaces, with tyre pressures of less than one bar possible for crawling out of awkward resting places in snow, for example.

    The tire that allows this to be possible is also previewed at the Frankfurt unveiling. Depending on what ContiSense and ContiAdapt are up to, especially the latter, the tire's different tread ‘zones’ are activated and the footprint changes. It would also use two of Continental’s other forward-thinking technologies: ContiSeal, for the ‘automatic sealing of punctures’, and ContiSilent, which is said to vastly reduce tire roar.

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  • dunny
    4 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
    I'm pretty sure this was developed by studying frogs
  • sageman
    4 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
    Holy shit this is awesome
  • Dzillax
    5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
    Holly shit yo!
  • jmartin
    6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
    Those patterns look really cool
  • jonT024
    6 days ago 3 P-Nos Points
    Quite possibly the future of tires right here...incredibly interesting. Continental has been very competitive in the tire industry for a while now. How cool would it be to have a tire ideal for dry summer condition and be able to take that same tire to very low traction/snow like conditions! Game changer, super cool. Watch out Pirelli. I wonder how long until we see something like this in F1..
  • Bustercsrt4
    6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
    Holy crap, that's some innovative thinking there. I guess if cots is similar may be good for real world, but I think price point will be a big factor in deciding the success of these.
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      Yeah i think they would have to make and sell them first on extremely expensive cars before they could possibly see if they could get their moneys worth on trickling down the technology
  • Dirtyfivethirtygarage
    6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
    They're not reinventing the wheel, just overcomplicating it by adding more parts to fail.
  • zer0wo
    6 days ago 3 P-Nos Points
    Please tell me that this makes the Chiron Top Speed Record one step closer
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      It could have the potential to, if they can afford the R&D
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      We listen the CEO, money is not a problem to VW lol
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      lol imagine if VW bought a tire company.. that would be awesome and smart
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      That would be crazy smart, just imagine all the VW Group just using tyres from that company
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      Yup exactly, it could have the possibility to increase their revenue soo much. Especially because they could be used by other manufacturers as well
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      But should they buy a small company or go after the big names like Pirelli, Michelin and Continental?
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      I'd say go for the big names because they already established and people are already aware of their names, plus as the CEO said "Money is not a problem"
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      I wonder how much that would cost, i just search and Pirelli is technically owned by China LOL
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      Volkswagen group and chinese companies sit down and start the conversation by saying they have a lot in common like... "Hey, we cheat system by making cars that pass EPA; you cheat system by making fake cars.... Same, Same?" LOL
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 3 P-Nos Points
      The true svipe situacion is VW buys Pirelli and China starts making fake Pirelli tyres LOL
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      LOL... Good News, Bad News
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      Ahaha We are getting good at this
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      haha definitely. Good News, Bad News Training 101 right here
    • zer0wo
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      About bad news
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLJZpWBPZYA
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      Is it bad that the music made me PUMPED to see this? LOL
    • Dzillax
      5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      Lmao
    • Dzillax
      5 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      That music though 👾👽🤖
    • zer0wo
      5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      A little ahahaha
    • Jscott
      5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      LOL.... Wait for the drop
    • zer0wo
      5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      You gotta pump it up LOL
    • Jscott
      5 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      lol it almost made me forget that there was a PT Cruiser in the video.. lol until the police horn woke me from my trance and reminded me how terrible this car is
    • zer0wo
      5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      Is the police horn from the PT Cruiser or it's an police car? LOL
    • Jscott
      5 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      LOL i swear it was from the PT Cruiser... it sounded like it was coming from the front of the car when the video panned to the front
    • zer0wo
      5 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
      I'm speechless LOL
  • Fr3ddy802
    6 days ago 2 P-Nos Points
    Those crazy engineers are at it again!
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      i'd love to see how this works in the real world
    • Fr3ddy802
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      Unfortunately I get the sense it's one of thos things that's just too expensive to be worth it in real life other than as a technical exercise.
    • Jscott
      6 days ago 1 P-Nos Points
      They'd make it for extremely expensive cars probably first before they could afford to have it trickle down to others... that's just a guess if they actually could make it work