Be the uncommon thing, if the tire design affects the air resistance of vehicles, but it could happen for Yokohama, one of the Japanese tires manufacturers.
|Image of normal tire (left) and aerodynamic tire with new fin pattern (right). (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1jDwJJO)|
The famous tires brand of Japan is introducing their new technology, ie the tires design with a series of subtle fins around a tire’s shoulder and have the function of to break the air flow which leads to the side of car's body and as well as the bottom.
|Image of aerodynamic flow patterns for normal tire. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1jDwJJO)|
The exterior design of the car determines how much air resistance obtained while driving, the lack of it can save the fuel. Typically, the car manufacturers design their cars with an aerodynamic-enhancing various elements so that air resistance is getting smaller, but rarely involve the tires.
|Image of aerodynamic flow patterns for aerodynamic tire with new fin pattern. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/1jDwJJO)|
In its official statement, as quoted from Autoblog last week, Yokohama said the experiment put fins on tires has been done since 2012. The results were very satisfactory so the tires development continues. In the latest draft which assisted by the Institute of Fluid Science at Tohoku University produces new fin shape with a maximum performance when the tire spinning.
Even so, how big the effect of the use of this innovative technology to reduce vehicle barrier has not been explained. Yokohama also did not reveal whether it will produced. The prototype of tire with a series of subtle fins will be introduced by Yokohama at the Tokyo Motor Show 2015 at the end of October. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | YOKOHAMA | GIZMODO | AUTOBLOG]
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