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So I've been thinking about what kind of tires would work best on a CT. Especially given the myriad situations that I could see myself and my trusty CT3 getting into. Most of the time I'd like to have efficient tires that provide a smooth ride on the highway. But then when I get to a cool off-road trail I'd like to have super large knobby tires that are capable of pulling me up a rocky incline. Or pulling off to the side of the road, it would be nice to keep from getting stuck in slippery mud. And the more recent concern of keeping the tires from being eaten by porcupines.

So how about some tires that could work in all those situations? I get that these have not been proven out yet but I do see promise. With modern materials and Tesla ingenuity, these might just get to a point of practicality.


 
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Origami based tires can change shape while a vehicle is moving

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A team of researchers affiliated with Seoul National University, Harvard University and Hankook Tire and Technology Co. Ltd., has developed a tire based on an origami design that allows for changing the shape of a tire while a vehicle is moving. In their paper published in the journal Science Robotics, the group describes their new tire design and how well it worked when tested.

Origami is an art that involves folding paper to create a desired shape or figure. Originating with Japanese artists hundreds of years ago, it has become an international pastime. In more recent years, it has caught the interest of engineers who have used origami designs to create usable objects out of plastics and metals. In this new effort, the researchers have extended an origami design called a waterbomb tessellation—it involves creating a single wheel that can have two configurations depending on how it is used by a person holding it. The researchers have ramped up the design by making its facets out of metals such as aluminum and connecting them together using other materials.


The researchers realized the design in a variety of sizes—some of which were as large as automobile tires. The design could switch between configurations while bearing a heavy load and while serving as tires on a vehicle in motion. To test the capabilities of the design, they created several wheels that served as tires on a variety of vehicles. In all cases, the main difference between the two configurations was height. They demonstrated, for example, a vehicle sporting the specialized tires in the tall configuration as it approached a low underpass—too low for the vehicle to drive under with its initial configuration. The driver switched the tires to the low configuration as the vehicle was still moving, allowing the vehicle to pass beneath the underpass.

The work by the team is still in its early stages and the vehicles they are making are not yet ready for the open road, but the group suggests their tires may someday be used in remote environments such as the moon or Mars, where the ability to change configurations to suit environmental conditions might come in handy.

The SMART Tire Company announces Mars Rover tires to become available for use on Earth

More information:
Dae-Young Lee et al. High–load capacity origami transformable wheel, Science Robotics (2021). DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.abe0201

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So I've been thinking about what kind of tires would work best on a CT. Especially given the myriad situations that I could see myself and my trusty CT3 getting into. Most of the time I'd like to have efficient tires that provide a smooth ride on the highway. But then when I get to a cool off-road trail I'd like to have super large knobby tires that are capable of pulling me up a rocky incline. Or pulling off to the side of the road, it would be nice to keep from getting stuck in slippery mud. And the more recent concern of keeping the tires from being eaten by porcupines.

So how about some tires that could work in all those situations? I get that these have not been proven out yet but I do see promise. With modern materials and Tesla ingenuity, these might just get to a point of practicality.

Maybe something like this is more versatile as long as it can handle the abuse, torque, and high speeds
 


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So I've been thinking about what kind of tires would work best on a CT. Especially given the myriad situations that I could see myself and my trusty CT3 getting into. Most of the time I'd like to have efficient tires that provide a smooth ride on the highway. But then when I get to a cool off-road trail I'd like to have super large knobby tires that are capable of pulling me up a rocky incline. Or pulling off to the side of the road, it would be nice to keep from getting stuck in slippery mud. And the more recent concern of keeping the tires from being eaten by porcupines.

So how about some tires that could work in all those situations? I get that these have not been proven out yet but I do see promise. With modern materials and Tesla ingenuity, these might just get to a point of practicality.

As if money were not object..
 

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Ezekiel's wheel will do
 

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Oh where to start as there are so many things wrong.

Tires account for a sizable amount of the cushioning in the suspension that looks pretty rigid.
Complexity on a heavy truck intended for rough terrain, dirt, mud, water.
Weight, un-sprung and rotational means a rough ride and worse energy consumption.

It looks cool and has some interesting from an engineering standpoint but for what would be likely a lot of money for a tire you wind up with a lot of negatives. Even in the video it looks like its a rough ride going slow.
 

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Even if you are driving 5 mph it looks like a pretty bumpy ride. I won't hold my breath.

 

 
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