How can you have a studded winter tire without studs? Nokian Tyres P.L.C. says it has found a way. The company has developed a concept tire that allows drivers to extend and retract studs with the press of a button.
Nokian says the concept tire and its unique stud technology gives a hint of the future. With a press of a button, the driver can bring out the studs to improve the grip of the tire. When the studs are not needed, they can be retracted back into the tire.
The driver makes the switch when the conditions clearly change. Studs are not used on dry roads and stable winter conditions but can be activated in icy weather for extreme safety.
The concept tire uses the tread pattern and structural solutions of the newly introduced Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded winter tire. The studs on all four tires raise and lower at the same time. The body of the stud remains in place, and the moving part is the hard metal pin in the middle of the stud.
What a great idea, studded tires only when you need them. This is still a concept tire but one day may be on tire dealer shelves.
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