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Old 06-19-2013, 07:19 AM   #1
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Default Consumer Reports unveils a revolutionary car tire



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We buy and test hundreds of tires a year. The paces we put them through include evaluating for overall performance for stopping on dry and wet roads, handling, resistance to hydroplaning, winter grip, tread life, and fuel efficiency. In all of our years of testing, we've learned that no tire is perfect. But, we bought recently one that is truly something special.
The engineers at Nexen Tire have developed a "revolutionary" tire tread pattern, and we purchased a prototype. The mere fact it has our name is on it, our excellent top-rating symbol (in red, too!), and a groove pattern mirroring our test track in East Haddam, CT, suggest it is a highly rated tire. Or at least a great conversation starter around the office.



Nexen wanted to showcase their capabilities in developing new tires, not unlike what other tire companies do. It's a one-off tread pattern, hand-cut from a blank tire with no tread pattern molded in.
Hand-cut tread patterns are relatively economical and easy to create. They're commonly used to assess a proposed tread pattern and to test consumer reaction. You may also see some such one-off designs on concept cars at auto shows. It's far cheaper to hand-cut a tread pattern than to build a tire mold that creates the shape and tread pattern of production tires.
As technology continues to evolve, we expect hand-cut tires may lose favor to working concepts made on a computer and generated in a 3D-printing process. Some tire companies already have capability for developing prototypes this way.
Tire science continues to advance, providing better choices for consumers, and in some cases, rather revolutionary designs.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:37 AM   #2
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How is this at all news? It is basically sucking CR's dong and nothing else...
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:25 AM   #3
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they did it because it's funny.
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Old 06-19-2013, 10:58 AM   #4
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Dafuq's revolutionary?
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Old 06-19-2013, 11:47 AM   #5
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It's a tire.. it revolves around the hub. Get it?
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Old 06-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #6
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Wooow.


CR is grasping at straw these days, huh..
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:05 AM   #7
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How is this at all news? It is basically sucking CR's dong and nothing else...
i dont know , i never read these dam things
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #8
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Young savvy and want to go into publishing? You can clean Consumer reports clocks and produce what they do for a small fraction of their cost. Ripe for challenge for new consumer publication.
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Old 06-21-2013, 10:56 AM   #9
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You guys laugh, but 3D printed treads on cars is the next level of Inception for the stance crew. It's revolutionary... for the crowd that doesn't drive on their tires.
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Old 06-21-2013, 11:33 AM   #10
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Just for kicks, we mounted the tire on to one of our test vehicles and attempted to test its handling and braking prowess. To our utter shock, the Nexen actually negated the effectiveness of the other three tires and within one trial lap, our 360 Modena was totalled (tragically, our test driver was killed in the crash).

Appropriately enough, the red dots on the Nexan were worn down to black ones.
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Old 06-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #11
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I came in about 90% sure this would be an ad for Nitto Motivos
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