GM partners with National Tire Research Center to develop new tire technology

Article by Christian A., on December 3, 2012

General Motors has teamed up with researchers at the new National Tire Research Center in Virginia to boost fuel economy by developing new tire technology. GM released a statement last week to say that tire design could improve fuel efficiency by up to 7%. Some of the factors that affect the tire’s rolling resistance are variations in tread pattern, construction and material quality.

If a vehicle has a lower rolling resistance, it needs less fuel to move the vehicle forward. Customers will be able to save on gasoline by using tires with lower rolling resistance, as well as more efficient conventional engines and electric powertrains.

GM had contributed $5 million to the National Tire Research Center. The statement said further that automakers and tire manufacturers will be able to simulate real-world emergencies and boost highway safety with the most advanced tire performance machines.

The center owns tire performance test equipment that costs as much as $11.2 million. The equipment, known as the Flat-Trac LTRe, can make a tire run to as fast as 200 mph and offer information on handling, ride, torque and braking capabilities. GM and other auto engineers from the Flat-Trac LTRe could generate data that will be able to predict vehicle performance for low rolling resistance, improved road-handling capability and other criteria.

Frank Della Pia, executive director for the research center, said that the test equipment of the facility is a lot like moving up “from a basic telescope to the Hubble” so there are numerous possibilities that have opened up. According to a GM spokesperson, the company wants to continue collaborating with the research center for the next 20 years. The spokesperson declined to talk about future models but he did admit that there may be market implementation within two or three years.

Topics: gm, tyres, technology

If you liked the article, share on:

Comments

Recommended

Like it or not, Chevrolet may soon be offering a cheaper Camaro in hopes of competing with Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang GT. Apart from the less expensive trim, the...
by - August 17, 2017
Recently, Porsche revealed a new Macan Turbo wearing a Performance Package and a unique Porsche Motorsport themed paint. At first look, it will remind you of the 919 Hybrid and...
by - August 17, 2017
The BMW M1 will be one of the most exclusive cars that will be showcased at the upcoming 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, alongside many other extravagant models. Firstly, there...
by - August 17, 2017
Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato makes its debut with a total of four variations including the Speedster and the Shooting Brake trims. As part of the limited edition model, the company...
by - August 17, 2017
Mitsubishi finally introduces the new Xpander MPV at the 2017 Indonesia International Auto Show in Jakarta Indonesia. Replacing the previous Expander, the new multipurpose vehicle will be mostly sold at...
by - August 16, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries