Bridgestone's Air-Free Tires Will Make Flats A Thing Of The Past [Video]

Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about getting a flat ever again? That’s a possibility for the near future, thanks to Bridgestone’s Air-Free tires.

Making an appearance at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Bridgestone airless tires are puncture proof and super flashy. Employing a detailed resin spoke system, these airless tires offer the same shock absorption as the inflatable type. And thanks to these neon green thermoplastic resin spokes, the airless tires can rollover nails, broken glass and other road hazards without fear of springing a leak. Since these tires are made from recycled rubber and plastics, you can toss the worn out tread in the blue bin once it has become worn.

The Bridgestone airless tires are still in development (the company needs to work out a few kinks), but you can see them in action on an electric cart – check out the video after the jump. Would you switch to these new tires once they become available? Let us know in the comment section below.

[Source: Gizmodo]

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Official: Toyota to Quit Formula 1

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, is pulling out of Formula One racing to focus on its core business.

The decision comes a day before the Japanese manufacturer is expected to announce its worst ever financial results.

“Based on the current economic environment, we realize we have no choice but to withdraw from Formula One,” said Toyota president Akio Toyoda at a news conference. “This has been a very painful decision for the company.”

Since entering the F1 racing in 2002, Toyota has earned 13 podium finishes but no wins.

Toyota follows Honda and BMW in pulling out of F1. Earlier this week, tire manufacturer Bridgestone also announced it will cease being the series’ sole tire provider following the 2010 season. Toyota’s decision also comes three weeks after the end of an engine supply partnership with Williams F1, a move requested by Williams.

Toyota’s withdrawal opens a spot for the BMW-less Sauber team which was given a “reserved” spot in September, for such a contingency.

[Source: CNN, Formula 1]

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