Michelin, Maxion debut ‘flexible’ car wheel

Frankfurt, Germany — Group Michelin and Maxion Wheels have developed a car wheel, which incorporates flexible rubber flanges that they claim can absorb impacts from potholes and curbs and improve ride and comfort.

The wheel, dubbed Michelin Acorus, is compatible with all tires on the market and comprises an alloy rim that is narrower than normal, two rubber flanges and an optional cosmetic insert to protect the alloy wheel, Maxion said at the Frankfurt Motor Show, where the partners debuted the product/technology.

In tests with a 285/30R21…

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