Goodyear has developed a new concept tyre, the C100, for Citroen’s new concept vehicle, the 19_19.
An autonomous, connected, electric vehicle, the Citroën 19_19 Concept marks the French company’s 100th anniversary and was designed for EV customers who want to take trips way beyond a city’s limits. The futuristic, high-tech vehicle has, Citroen says, a range of up to 800km.
Conceptualised with an extra-large dimension and aesthetics to match the 19_19 Concept’s design, the Goodyear C100 concept tyre is envisaged, the company says, to deliver the comfort and smart performance the unique vehicle requires.
“Goodyear’s C100 concept tyre was specifically designed for the Citroën 19_19 Concept vehicle,” said Mike Rytokoski, Chief Marketing Officer, Consumer Europe at Goodyear. “It features technology to deliver maximum comfort and efficiency for electric mobility and the intelligent capabilities needed to support an autonomous vehicle.”
The C100 concept features include:
- “Tall and Narrow” Structure: The C100 is nearly one metre in diameter, compared to 60cm for an average tyre. Goodyear says this larger diameter would deliver efficiency, comfort and performance benefits, from lower rolling resistance to improved ride and wet performance.
- Custom Tread Design: The C100 features a custom, nature-inspired tread design. With nearly 100 more blocks in its tread band than the average tyre, the C100 is designed to deliver a far quieter ride. The tread groove compound is, says Goodyear, inspired by the attributes of a natural sponge and has the ability to stiffen in the dry or soften in the wet.
- Intelligence and Connectivity: The C100 concept is designed to use advanced sensor technology. It would be able to sense road surface and weather conditions and communicate with the Citroën 19_19 Concept vehicle’s autonomous control system to improve driving performance. It would also feature advanced active wear technology to assess the state of the tyre.
While the C100 is a purely conceptual design, some of its featured technologies, such as a ‘tall and narrow’ structure, are already being supplied by Goodyear today. Others, such as intelligent tyre capabilities, are in development.