The hoops were created from wood, horse and carriage style, that is, prior to Michelin's wrapping halos of rubber around the wheels of our vehicles.
That's clearly a ground-breaker, and the French tire manufacturer has a lot of other innovative ideas to maintain its top place in the automobile technology. The most current piece of ultra-modern kit rotating out of Michelin's design department is recognized as the Active Wheel system.
Two motors, one to power the car and another for the incorporated suspension system, rests inside the hub and permit the entire drivetrain to fit snuggly enclosed at each end. This ground-breaking design would possibly enable an astonishing assortment of platforms that could be engineered to receive the same set of rubber.
Contingent on the size of the actual Active Wheels employed, the technology could be utilized by practically any type of vehicle.
With a lot happening in just the tire-stock, it is not surprise that Michelin is seeking for partners to relieve them of some of the remaining parts of the car's design and has recently signed an agreement with CITIC Guoan Mengguli Corp. in China.
Essential pieces like the lithium-ion battery design will be done in China where test-cars running around in city streets outfitted with lithium-powered Active Wheels.