The Future of Racing: On and Off Road
In 2012 Hankook Tire partnered with the University of Cincinnati to develop
concept tyres, including the Tiltread and eMembrane. This year Hankook Tire
has unveiled a new set of futuristic concept tyres at the 2014 Essen Motors
Show. In conjunction with the renowned University of Design, Engineering
and Business in Pforzheim, Germany, three concept tyres were developed
under Hankook Tire’s ‘Design Innovation 2014 ’initiative.
The ‘Design Innovation Project’ is part of Hankook Tire’s research
and development initiatives with a key focus to present pioneering visions
and ideas to provide a glimpse into the future. Held every two years,
Hankook Tire partners with world-renowned transportation design talents
This year, the theme was ‘A Great Challenge for a Great Change’: to
develop concept tyres that address alterations in the terrain as a result
of climate change. As such, the Boostrac, Alpike and HyBlade were born tackle
desertification, heavy snow and heavy rain.
Boostrac boasts hexagonal tread
blocks that can transform into an expanded mode for intensified traction
– especially on steep and rough conditions such as desert and mountain
Alpike, along with the studs and gaps, is designed with a tyre
circumferential expansion mode, which increases vehicle ground clearance,
making it optimal for heavy snow.
HyBlade is designed to provide the ideal solution for heavy rain. It’s
equipped with ‘waterwheel’ tread and side spokes that create driving
and steering force in heavy rain.
Video created by NESIAC.
Trolling Hondas 101
While in New Mexico a ~300hp turbo Honda
Civic wanted to race someone, so we suggested racing the 700hp STi... he
asked for a 2 car-length head start, the STi owner countered trying to give
him 10 and he declined... WTF? hahah
In the end we just raced heads up for shits & giggles... see the results
for yourself, at least he was a good sport about it!
*** disclaimer: we don't hate Honda's, although we troll them quite often,
it's just for fun :P