Friday, July 31, 2009

Kumho Fortis Concept

Created by tire manufacturer Kumho, the Fortis Concept is a study for a futuristic electric SUV. Among the features are the tires with adjustable tread pattern, body panels manufactured from recycled tire rubber and a modular chassis with four electric motors.
The tires feature metal biters in their tread that optimise off-road performance – when employed, it is primarily they that grip the terrain for maximum traction and durability. For on-road use, the tire cavity is inflated.
This expands the rubber areas of the tire to cover the metal biters, offering high levels of comfort, noise performance and road-biased dynamic ability. With this technology, one really can achieve the best of all worlds.
The drivetrain comprises four 100hp chassis-mounted motors – one powering each wheel when the vehicle is in 4-wheel drive mode.
This system provides ultimate off-road traction, ESP and hill descent, while the motor configuration allows for easy transition between 4WD, 2WD, FWD and RWD. The in-wheel regenerative braking system gives optimum on-road driving response.
(Car Body Design news)

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