The Futuristic Tyres You Won't Believe Are Real

Tyres are a pretty simple, uninteresting part of a vehicle, right? Wrong. There are tyres that allow you to drive with a puncture, super eco-friendly tyres made from wacky materials, and ultra smart micro-chipped tyres; this list of innovative new designs will have you looking at your old wheels with dismay. Many of these tyres are still in the testing phase though, so hang on to your current ones for now!

Micro-chipped tyres

This intelligent tyre is fitted with an RFID chip, which can communicate with the car's electronic system. Information including temperature, tyre pressure, and type of tyre fitted is sent to the car's main system. This allows easy monitoring of the tyre and can help improve safety and performance, with systems like anti-lock braking adapting as needed. The chip is inserted directly into the rubber of the tyre and is balanced so as not to affect the stability of the wheel.

Self-inflating tyres

You might soon be able to wave goodbye to the days of worrying about inflating your tyres too much or too little—this clever tyre does it for you. Fitted with an electrical 'Air Maintenance Technology' system, these tyres are automatically monitored for air pressure. When a drop in pressure is recorded, the system activates, a valve is opened, and the tyre is automatically inflated using a regulator and tube. This means that there is no risk of punctures or suspension damage being caused by low pressure. Fuel economy and tyre lifespan also benefit, so this tyre could help you to save money.

Run-flat tyres

Remember the last time you had a puncture? Now imagine that instead of being stuck at the side of the road, changing your tyre or waiting hours for assistance, you could have just driven home. Well, you don't need to imagine, because that's exactly what you can do with the innovative run-flat tyre.

These tyres are specially designed to remain functional for around 50 miles with no air pressure, which is usually long enough to drive home or to a garage. A strong reinforced side wall on the tyre means that unlike traditional tyres, they are able to support the car without air pressure. As well as saving a lot of hassle, these tyres are eco-friendly as they remove the need for a heavy spare to be transported around.

Soybean oil tyres

The humble soybean certainly isn't the first material that springs to mind when you think about tyre construction, but it's proving to be an unlikely star. Testing has shown that using soybean oil can potentially increase tread life by 10%, as well as massively cut down on the use of less sustainable, petroleum-based oil. Using soybean oil also reduces energy consumption in factories. We all know cars aren't great for the environment, but innovations like this can lessen the impact.

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Off-roading tyres for 4WDs

I love going camping, and it's great to be able to use my 4WD for what it's designed for: going off-road. I have some special tyres that I put on before those trip as I need to get a powerful grip when I'm going exploring. The topic of choosing the right tyres for your 4WD can be a little confusing, and it's all too easy to make an expensive mistake if you don't know what you really need. This blog is all about choosing tyres for 4WDing and has tips for new and experienced drivers to help them choose the best tyres for their needs.