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(Fox News)   Not satisfied with syncing iPods, iPhones, and computers, Apple has decided your car now needs to roll the i-Flex   (foxnews.com) divider line 21
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2013-09-09 10:39:15 AM
Maybe it's too early, but this headline makes no sense to me.
 
2013-09-09 10:53:26 AM
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How will this help my tires?
 
2013-09-09 10:53:43 AM
And when those little open areas in the mesh fill up with snow or mud and the wheel becomes massively out of balance, what happens then?
 
2013-09-09 10:58:11 AM

debug: And when those little open areas in the mesh fill up with snow or mud and the wheel becomes massively out of balance, what happens then?


This. Granted, with wheels that tiny, most of the little mesh holes would clog at nearly the same time, but that's still not a risk I'd be comfortable taking. I know the military is testing tires like this out for Hummers, but those holes would be bigger and harder to clog than these little ones.
 
2013-09-09 11:10:56 AM
Ha!  All the Apple haters flocked to this thread and then went away sad because it's about tires.
 
2013-09-09 11:20:50 AM
Its about time tire manufacturers started to make improvements to their products other than messing about with tread patterns.  The big questions are:

1. How much these tires cost compared to a traditional rubber tire/wheel combo over the life of the car.
2. What are the actual performance differences?  Reducing unsprung weight is great, and all other things being equal, a lighter tire/wheel combo will perform better, but this is a radically new design and any number of things could happen in practice.
 
2013-09-09 11:25:36 AM
Good luck cleaning mud/dirt out of all those little nooks and crannies. After a month these things are going to be covered in break dust and road film and look like shiat from there on out.

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2013-09-09 12:59:27 PM
Didn't Michelin do this a few years back?
 
2013-09-09 01:27:07 PM

ReapTheChaos: Good luck cleaning mud/dirt out of all those little nooks and crannies. After a month these things are going to be covered in break dust and road film and look like shiat from there on out.


How does one break dust, exactly?
 
2013-09-09 01:44:05 PM

ApatheticMonkey: Didn't Michelin do this a few years back?


Them or Bridgestone. I believe you couldn't go faster than 50mph with them and they didn't last very long.

I wonder what kind of environments they're designed for. Would they become really soft in Arizona? Would they become rock hard in Saskatchewan when it's -40 in January?
 
2013-09-09 01:44:54 PM

booger42: ReapTheChaos: Good luck cleaning mud/dirt out of all those little nooks and crannies. After a month these things are going to be covered in break dust and road film and look like shiat from there on out.

How does one break dust, exactly?


First you break the stones, then your break the pebbles, then you break the dust. And then you get the women!
 
2013-09-09 01:54:24 PM
hmm, i'll take my alloys over hideously silly looking rubbing clogs any day. sometimes appearance trumps efficiency
 
2013-09-09 02:27:37 PM

roughridersfan: I wonder what kind of environments they're designed for. Would they become really soft in Arizona? Would they become rock hard in Saskatchewan when it's -40 in January?


Not to mention, I'm not sure if the slow speed, reduced friction mode will work all that well in a foot of snow.
 
2013-09-09 02:31:06 PM
I remember there being a huge stink from law enforcement agencies back when the manufacturers started coming out with run-flat tires.  They wanted them to be illegal because they would make cars immune from spike strips.  But then somebody invented weighted spike strips that tore up the cars' wheel wells and introduced axel-shredding vibration, and then it was all OK again.  Technology, I guess.
 
2013-09-09 02:32:39 PM
I don't quite get all the negativism here other than this being fark.  The article notes this is more of a proof of concept design and not going into manufacture yet.  They could probably keep dirt, dust, snow etc out just by putting a stretchable flap over the whole thing akin to a hubcap.
 
2013-09-09 02:36:37 PM

roughridersfan: ApatheticMonkey: Didn't Michelin do this a few years back?

Them or Bridgestone. I believe you couldn't go faster than 50mph with them and they didn't last very long.

I wonder what kind of environments they're designed for. Would they become really soft in Arizona? Would they become rock hard in Saskatchewan when it's -40 in January?


Hey look, it's a Jim Wolf!  That was awful generous of your Roughriders to give the free square on the CFL bingo card their first win in the new stadium.. Awful neighbourly.  And to give up a share of first place in the league?  Rider generosity knows no bounds.

:P
 
2013-09-09 03:32:57 PM

roughridersfan: Would they become rock hard in Saskatchewan when it's -40 in January?


Celsius or Fahrenheit?
 
2013-09-09 03:34:20 PM
That iFlex tire got all the attention, but the eMembrane thing was way cooler.
 
2013-09-09 04:32:13 PM

flaminio: roughridersfan: Would they become rock hard in Saskatchewan when it's -40 in January?

Celsius or Fahrenheit?


First one, then the other.
 
2013-09-09 07:14:16 PM

roughridersfan: booger42: ReapTheChaos: Good luck cleaning mud/dirt out of all those little nooks and crannies. After a month these things are going to be covered in break dust and road film and look like shiat from there on out.

How does one break dust, exactly?

First you break the stones, then your break the pebbles, then you break the dust. And then you get the women!


Say hello to my little particles!
 
2013-09-09 07:54:26 PM
unyon:

Hey look, it's a Jim Wolf!  That was awful generous of your Roughriders to give the free square on the CFL bingo card their first win in the new stadium.. Awful neighbourly.  And to give up a share of first place in the league?  Rider generosity knows no bounds.

:P



You are a bad person...  I CAN'T BELIEVE WE LET A TEAM THAT PRODUCED ZERO FIRST DOWNS IN THE FIRST HALF WIN!!!

/although letting everyone in the stadium take a free shot at Durant probably contributed.
 
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