To survive the upcoming greener vehicle legislation, tire manufacturer Kumho is planning improvements on the SUVs that will be implemented in the near future. Rob Dolton is spearheading Kumho's project named Fortis. The SUV will have an aggressive stance combined with the fresh touch inspired by Korean glass sculptures.
The body panels (bumper sections, doors, bonnet, front wings and rear hatch) are manufactured from recycled tire rubber.
The drivetrain can carry up to four 100hp motors - one powering each wheel when the vehicle is in 4WD mode. This system provides ultimate off-road traction, ESP and hill descent. The motor configuration allows easy transition between 4WD, 2WD, FWD and RWD.
Power will come from a Lithium-ion battery pack -- an alternative propulsion -- the viability of which will depend on technology advances. Kumho says that the only way to provide optimum performance both on and off-road is to change the tires for each requirement.
The new technology practically allows that by having a tread pattern that can be freely adjusted. The new tire technology features metal biters when the Fortis is driven like an off-road SUV.
For on-road use, the tire cavity is inflated. This expands the rubber areas of the tire to cover the metal biters, offering high levels of comfort, noise performance and road-biased dynamic ability.