• Apr 1st 2008 at 12:19PM
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click the pic to view a video about the Q Celsius tire

Studded snow tires can be a godsend when the going is on glare ice. When roads have been cleared, though, they chew up pavement and can produce some exciting though unanticipated handling characteristics. Japan's ban on studded tires led directly to a new generation of snow tire technology like Bridgestone's Blizzak line. Q Tires, taking its name from James Bond's high-tech quartermaster, has developed a new set of tires called Celsius with studs that can be deployed or retracted with a dashboard switch. Two air chambers in the tires allow the studs to extend or retract without leaking off much inflation. Q Tires is preparing to send its product out into testing soon, and part of that process involves making sure that it doesn't run afoul of any state regulations that prohibit studded tires of any sort for all or part of the year. If the tests prove successful, the tires will likely command a 30-percent premium over other black, round and rolly-things. The increased cost is mitigated by the fact that a separate set of winter tires, and the attendant seasonal mounting chores, are eliminated. Of course, none of this will matter to that knucklehead trying to climb hills in the middle of a blizzard with low-profile summer tires.

[Source: Detroit News]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      A studded all season can't hold a candle to a proper snow tire. We'll leave the technical aspects of deploying studs in a steamy pile on todays newspaper.
      If you don't think that snow tires don't make a huge difference, you've never used any. When you factor in how much more wear you can get from you summer set, the additional cost is minimal.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is a very good idea. I hope it makes it to production.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "Of course, none of this will matter to that knucklehead trying to climb hills in the middle of a blizzard with low-profile summer tires. "

      Hahahaha. Reminds me of some review I read on Tirerack regarding summer tires. "It's great on dry and wet pavement, but it doesn't have ANY snow traction." Wow, thank you for letting me know THAT.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Definitely a big market. Saves a lot of time (rush to the tire store!) and road

      Mk- Yeah, I figure most people should have their snow tires on steel wheels so it would be easy to change them out. But I also think that these new tires might also do ok on all-season tires (better than summer tires). Then you could have them on year-round. Unless the new tech adds lots of bulk to the tire...

      • 7 Years Ago
      Assuming April Fools, but living where we get 150+ inches of snow a year, Blizzak tires are tough to beat, but you use em on dry roads and they wear down fast.
      • 7 Years Ago
      These are probably gonna cost a premium over conventional tires, and are going to be a b**ch once a nail or two goes through it.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Didn't the old Kitt have these?