Retractable Tire Stud Concept Offers Best of Both Worlds

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Tire maker Nokian Tyres is developing a winter tire that features retractable studs.

According to Nokian, the tire is still in concept form but could one day become a reality. As the video below demonstrates, drivers will be able to bring out the studs on the tire to increase grip in icy weather with the push of a button. Those studs can then be retracted when they’re not needed.

SEE ALSO: How do Winter Tires Work?

The concept tire is being presented alongside the 80th anniversary of the first winter tire, which was developed by Nokian.

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Isaac Wilson Isaac Wilson on May 12, 2014

    I thought this was being developed by an American company a few years back. It was called Q Celsius a driver controlled retractable studded tire. They had and still have videos on Youtube.