Hankook i-Flex: An airless future
Hankook caused a sensation at the Frankfurt Motor Show by presenting a revolutionary concept which aims to remove tyres from cars.
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No tyre or rim
Simpler, more ecological
i-Flex, the nickname given to this technology, marks a total break with usual practices in terms of car tyres. Finished the tyre fitted on the rim; the rim and tyre combination is replaced by a lighter, all in one unit capable of absorbing any road irregularities without using air. 95% of its structure uses recyclable materials. Noise emissions and even fuel consumption are much lower than that of a conventional tyre.
On paper this tyre has everything to eventually replace the tyres on our cars. At present it is only a concept, presented at Frankfurt by Hankook and shown on a Volkswagen Up prepared by Abt. Could this type of technology be used in mass production one day? We’ll have to wait a few years for the answer.
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