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New Radial Tyres

America was slow to take to New Radial Tyres

Of course in the early days of tyre development. So, the American tyre market was much slower to use the option of radials. Especially, on the new cars that they were then producing. Predominantly, the rest of the world including Europe and the UK were starting to use New Radial Tyres in much larger numbers.

New Radial Tyres

New Radial Tyres; The Michelin X was the first steel belted radial tyre in the World and gave double the mileage, although the grip in wet weather was nothing to write home about.

Especially in France and Germany with Peugeot and Citroen leading the way. Of course, fitting Michelin tyres on most of their early Diane models.

However, things were very different across the pond in the USA. Indeed, they tended to go for the Bias-belted tyres, which complimented the type of suspensions. Consequently, that were used on most American cars. One of the problems they had with the New Radial Tyres was that the precise handling. Hence, showed up hidden weaknesses in the American cars.

Ford became the front runners in correcting the problems. Introducing “radial tuned” suspension on the new Thunderbird and Lincoln models. Modification enabled Ford to offer radials  as an optional extra. Indeed, this started in 1967 a couple of years after I started my career in tyres here in the UK.

At first, the offers of radials were not taken up very well. Of course, by the public and one of the reasons was supply problems. Other major car makers followed fords footsteps. Though subsequently, they were supplying sub-standard radials. Therefore, suffering quality problems. Because radials were in their infancy in the United States.

Many of the manufacturers had to replace these sub-standard tyres

Firstly by importing Michelin tyres. Michelin had tyres that were tried and tested without any quality problems. Accordingly, one of the biggest players in tyre supplies in America was the department store, Sears. Sears controlled about 25% of the American tyre replacement market in those days. Later,that settled down to about 10%.Because their competitors had all  started to sell New Radial Tyres. This ate into Sears tyre numbers. Sears had done a deal with the tyre makers Armstrong Rubber company which supplied Sears with their Bias belted products, but things certainly picked up when they started to introduce radial tyres, making them one of the top tyre retailers in the States.

Ford used the first radial tyres in America

In 1968 top Ford officials had a meeting with the Michelin company. Offering to fit their radials to the new Lincoln Continental as original equipment. Michelin would be the exclusive supplier of tyres for this new model. In general, the American public knew that radials  lasted far longer than the Bias belted tyres that the were used to driving on, sometimes up to four times longer. It is widely reported that Ford paid $19.50 for the first Michelin, only $5 more per tyre than for bias belted, this was indeed a great deal for Ford and the first American cars rolled off the production lines on cheap Michelin Tyres UK.

Eric Roberts

Van Wheel Alignment Including Suspension

 

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre-Michelin Tyres Invent Airless “Tweel Tyre”,Now used on Plant vehicles.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

For as long as we can remember tyres of all shapes and sizes have always to filled with air-filled rubber tubing. This is to put it to its simplest terms. As a result, the latest tyre designs are a far cry from the old cycle tyres.  Mr Michelin first made these in France well over 100 years ago.

Michelin looks for models for the future

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre substitute will now be available for many of the small urban vehicles.These are used in cities across Europe. They will replace the conventional rubber tyres .

as a result, almost all the leading tyre companies are looking for the concept tyre designs for future urban cars and Michelin tyres are no exception. The first idea started to come out of the Michelin Laboratories in about 2005. The new concept was to become the “Tweel” a simple cross between the tyre and the wheel, this is where the name comes from, the “T” from the tyre and the Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre.

The Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre looks like a giant bicycle wheel, probably a futuristic version of the original solid bicycle wheel that Michelin worked on over 100 years ago. The tweel has a solid hub, with spokes and an outer rim. Materials that are used, will be manufactured, using a polyurethane type substance, which is a hard material and light in weight. The tyre tread is stretch fitted onto the spokes in a rubber band similar to the tyres mounted on fork trucks. This construction looks very solid yet flexible. These have the spokes absorbing all the shocks, just like air would do in a tyre, but having the advantage of “not having punctures”.

Airless Tweel Wheel Tyre

In addition, Michelin, has been testing different cars with the tweel fitted. Furthermore, this  includes the Audi with good handling results. They admit though that they are still in the early stages of development. I think it is good to try other materials to try out to replace rubber products. A large amount of oil, is used for making tyres? and we are running out of oil ?.

Please click on the link bellow to read more about the TWEEL from MICHELIN TYRES

 http://auto.howstuffworks.com/tweel-airless-tire.htm

 

 

About Eric Roberts

A self-introduction. I have worked in the Garage and tyre industry now for 40 years. Furthermore,I used to work for a couple of national tyre companies before starting my first business. I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. I am also a keen blogger.Writing about anything to do with cars and  products that will help my business.