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Michelin's Tweel

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Video about the Tweel (scroll down to the bottom and click on the video link)

Within 10-15 years we'll see a new technology for airless tires. And it was engineered and developed right here in Greenville. :shades:

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Video about the Tweel (scroll down to the bottom and click on the video link)

10-15 years we'll see a new technology for airless tires. :shades:

Michelin should have an actual presence at ICAR. Working with Clemson, I'd think this would be a great way to develop such things....

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Thanks for the link Skyliner! While I found the video interesting, I also thought the story about Max Heller at that link was great! :thumbsup:

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Michelin should have an actual presence at ICAR. Working with Clemson, I'd think this would be a great way to develop such things....

Just an interesting note about that:

Michelin was the first company to commit to the Clemson Research Park in Greenville concept. In fact, they had substantial funds (sorta making this number up: $10M) that they had designated for the park a full year before BMW committed.

However, these funds were from the Federal Strategic Natural Rubber Reserve Account (or some such name). This Reserve had been in place since WWII. Since synthetic rubber is now primarily used in tire-making, the federal government was looking to refund these monies back to the nation's tire makers who had been contributing to the pot for over 60 years. The catch was the tiremakers could only invest in certain projects (i.e. technolgy upgrades, research programs). Michelin's share was going to be designated for what would later become ICAR.

Unfortunately, after 9/11, the Department of Homeland Security acquired this account and absorbed it into their general budget, never to be seen again.

Just figured some folks on this board might hearing some of the 'inside story' of how ICAR came to be...

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