Goodyear has unveiled a bizarre concept car tyre that is capable of regenerating its own tread.
The reCharge tyre has a biodegradable tread that can regenerate thanks to a special liquid compound made from a biological material and reinforced with fibres inspired by spider silk – one of the toughest natural materials in the world.
Drivers will be able to ‘recharge’ their tyres by inserting a capsule containing this liquid compound it into the centre of the wheel.
The reCharge tyre is designed to have a biodegradable tread and Goodyear claims it will be reinforced with fibres inspired by the ultra-strong spider silk. The capsule will be inserted directly into the wheel (pictured, the pod (far right) and how it fits into the tyre
The unusual tyre is currently just an idea that has not been created by the US-based firm.
It is unknown if it will ever be put into production but was set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show this week.
The major event was cancelled amid growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected around 91,000 people worldwide.
Goodyear has instead announced the project via livestream.
Goodyear revealed to MailOnline that as the surface of the tread wears down, the hard-outer layer gets thinner.
This allows oxygen in the air to penetrate the outer layer and to come into contact with the liquid compound that is released from the capsule.
The oxygen hardens the liquid compound and the worn-down outer layer is gradually replaced with a new layer.
Drivers would be able to recharge their tyres using a liquid capsule and inserting it into the centre of the wheel. The unusual tyre is as of yet just an idea that has not been created by the US-based firm
It is unknown if the tyre will ever be put into production but it was set to be revealed at the Geneva Motor show this week. But the major event was cancelled amid growing fears of the coronavirus outbreak that has infected around 91,00 people worldwide
Mike Rytokoski, Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer, Goodyear Europe, said: ‘Goodyear wants the tyre to be an even more powerful contributor to answering consumers’ specific mobility needs.
‘It was with that ambition that we set out to create a concept tyre primed for the future of personalised and convenient electric mobility.’
‘The Goodyear reCharge is a concept tyre without compromise, supporting personalised, sustainable and hassle-free electric mobility,’ adds Sebastien Fontaine, Lead Designer at the Goodyear Innovation Centre in Luxembourg.
The tyre experts say the ‘tread would be supported by a light-weight, non-pneumatic frame and tall-and-narrow shape’.
It claims this will also make checking tyre pressure and getting punctures obsolete.
Goodyear has a track record of making unusual concept tyres to showcase its technology.
At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which was not cancelled due to an imminent pandemic, it announced a tyre idea made from moss.
Goodyear claimed the wheel covering would convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into oxygen, using the power of photosynthesis.
Oxygene tyres will channel moisture from the road to the plants, which absorbs water up to 26 times their own weight.
GoodYear has a track record of making unusual concept tyres to showcase its technology. At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, which was not cancelled due to an imminent pandemic, it announced a tyre idea made from moss (pictured)