At least that’s what it seems like watching their concept video.
The Goodyear Eagle-360, as it’s lovingly called, is a totally outrageous reimagining of tires altogether, envisioning them as perfectly ball-shaped, massive, rubber spheres for, uh, probably some good reason or another. At least one observer is excited about the idea, though.
Bear in mind that it’s just a concept right now, but if they can develop even half the features planned for it, it’s going to make today’s tires look as dated as the hand crank that started a Ford Model T.
For starters, those doughnut-shaped pieces of rubber you now use will become quaint exhibits in a museum. The Eagle-360 is spherical like a basketball.
I can anticipate your next question: How do you put a spherical tire on an axle? The answer: You don’t. In Goodyear’s brave new car world, these tires will be held in place in the wheel well by a magnetic levitation system, offering a smoother and quieter ride because the car is not physically connected to the tire.
There’s also a hint that these tires could be “smart”—alerting the driver to their wear and tear automatically—and even 3d-printed. We’re not holding our collective breath, though.
Everything may very well be ball-shaped in the future, but for now we think we’ll stick to the doughnuts.Get your balls in the game! Donate to the Sean Kimerling Foundation to win the battle against testicular cancer.