To Boost Fuel Economy, GM Turns To Tire Technology

November 27, 2012 9:54 AM

To Boost Fuel Economy, GM Turns To Tire Technology
" When it comes to increasing fuel economy, the obvious steps are decreasing engine size (and, often, performance), shaving pounds, refining aerodynamics and possibly implementing hybrid technology.

Significant gains, however, can also be found in other areas. Tire design can contribute up to 7-percent to fuel efficiency, depending upon compound, tread pattern and even construction technique.

With new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards looming, automakers are doing all they can to exploit each and every gain in fuel mileage. To benefit from new tire technology, General Motors has contributed $5 million to the National Tire Research Center (NTRC), located in Halifax County, Virginia.

The center’s primary test bed is an $11.2 million machine known as the Flat-Trac LTRe "

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