By Oliver Hall
Kumho tyres claims it has developed the SUV of the future with a clear environmental conscience.
The South Korean company, which produces millions of tyres for today’s SUVs, employed the skills of in-house designer Rob Dolton to demonstrate what tomorrow’s SUVs could be like.
They created a vehicle it has dubbed ‘Fortis’, according to a report on TheGreenCarWebsite.co.uk.
Fortis combines the aggressive stance of an SUV with fresh aesthetic touches including light clusters that take their influence from Korean glass sculpture.
It has a number of contemporary features including its bumper sections, doors, front wings and rear hatch which are manufactured by recycled tyre rubber.
The drivetrain consists of four 100hp chassis-mounted motors, one to power each wheel. This system provides off-road traction, ESP and hill descent with easy transitions between four wheel drive, two wheel drive, front wheel drive and rear wheel drive.
There are a number of environmental features in the car including a regenerative braking system and a lithium-ion battery pack that can be recharged at home or exchanged for a new one on longer journeys.
Of course, the Fortis design also features revolutionary tyre technology from Kumho. The tyres feature metal biters in their tread that optimise off-road performance.