New tech could end car tyre/rim damage

Michelin/Maxion team up to develop new wheel/tyre tech

maxion flexible alloy wheel

There’s nothing worse than damaging an expensive tyre or alloy wheel, or both!

And driving around on some of the very poorly maintained roads that we have in Australia, chances are it might only be a matter of time before you’re on the wrong side of a nasty pothole, and facing a hefty replacement cost.

The issue is exacerbated by the increasingly large alloy wheels being fitted to our cars today, as well as the popularity of low-profile tyres.

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But the days of road imperfections damaging our cars wheels and tyres may be numbered.

Tyre company Michelin has teamed up with Maxion Tyres and developed a new wheel/tyre combo that they say could help eliminate the problem.

The tyre and wheel manufacturers have patented the new technology which incorporates two flexible rubber flanges mounted on a special wheel body to create a flexible wheel.

Officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show this week, Pieter Klinkers, Maxion Wheels CEO, tells us the combination of wheel/tyre improves the ride and comfort and also absorbs impacts from potholes and curbs.

“This is a game changer for wheels; a standard wheel driven through a pothole can damage the tyre and potentially crack the alloy rim, putting the safety of driver and passengers at risk.

“When the Maxion Flexible Wheel hits a pothole, the MICHELIN ACORUS Technology flange flexes and protects the tyre and the wheel.”

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We’ll keep you updated as further details come to hand, especially in regards to Australian availability.

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