Nokian showcase concept winter tyres with retractable studs

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Billed as the world’s first non-studded winter tyres with studs, Nokian tyres has showcased its revolutionary concept tyre which uses unique technology that allows the studs to emerge only when they are needed.

The concept tyre has been revealed to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the creation of the first winter tyres by Nokian and gives a hint of things to come in the future.

According to the world’s leading winter tyres specialist, motorists will be able to press a button to bring out the studs and improve the grip of the tyre, when they are needed. Once the road conditions are safer, the studs can be retracted back into the tyre.

The idea of the combined non-studded and studded tyre is that the driver can make the switch when the conditions clearly change. Studs are not used on dry roads and stable winter conditions, but they can be activated in icy weather for extreme safety.

The concept tyre utilises the tread pattern and structural solutions of the newly introduced Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded winter tyres. The studs on all four tyres raise and lower at the same time. The body of the stud remains in place, and the moving part is the hard metal pin in the middle of the stud.

It demonstrates an amazing technological feat that may one day become a reality. According to Matti Morri, Technical Customer Service Manager for Nokian tyres: “As the pioneers of the winter tyre world, we show that it is possible to combine a studded and non-studded winter tyre.”

Nokian tyres developed and manufactured the world’s first winter tyres to match the Northern frost in 1934. Two years later, the engineers at its tyres factory came up with an improved solution for passenger car drivers struggling with the slippery winter roads, and they called it the Snow-Hakkapeliitta.

Today, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta is one of the world’s best-known winter tyres brands.

etyres supply and fit a wide range of winter tyres, including Nokian tyres, and it is currently offering customers £25 off all winter tyre orders, a boost for customers looking for low cost winter tyres.

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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