Retractable studded Nokian tyres provides firm grip in icy conditions
Nokian tyres is out with a revolutionary non-studded winter tyre dubbed Nokian Hakkapeliitta Concept Tyre 2014 that has retractable studs for safe driving in the winter snow. This marks the 80th anniversary of this Finnish winter tyre specialist’s era which started with manufacturing winter tyres to overcome the Northern frost in 1934. Just like in the James Bond movie, you can press a button and the studs come out for improved grip on the road just in case snow starts to accumulate on the road. When the snow subsides, you can press the button and studs retract back into the tyres.
This studded tyre is based on the popular Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded winter tire and to make sure it works perfectly, the retractable studs don’t effect the tire’s air-holding ability. The studs are held inside a metal casing on the tyre’s outside layer and when the road gets filled with slippery snow, you can deploy the gripping studs to ensure road safety.
The tyre is still in concept stage and according to Nokian Tyres it will soon make to the commercial market. According to Matti Morri, Technical Customer Service Manager for Nokian Tyres this revolutionary tyre looks to combine studded and non-studded tyres into one, giving motorist the flexible option of switching their tyre’s physical makeup with just push of a button.