Any person who has ever gotten a flat tire while riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) out in the middle of nowhere is going to be thrilled about the latest innovation in the tire industry.
Off-road giant Polaris plans to unveil a new consumer version of an “airless” Non-Pneumatic Tire (NPT) by early 2014.
“For years, pneumatic tires — the kind you fill with air — have been a burr in the side of the ATV industry. Even on short excursions over rocky terrain a popped tire is not unexpected, and they often occur far from home,” FoxNews.com reports.
The airless tires are made from proprietary plastic and instead of the conventional rubber coating, is coated with a flexible web.
Polaris spokesperson Jason Difuccia said the tire “works very similar to a bicycle wheel.”
“[T]he load is carried in tension across the top of the wheel,” Difuccia said. “The bottom of the wheel is designed to give in to obstacles like rocks, curbs, and other terrain.”
If the technology is as solid as the folks over at Polaris claim, it could mean and end to tire punctures for ATVs.
Polaris has not announced how expensive the tires will be, but said the new product is about purchasing the peace of mind that they won’t leave you stranded.