Kumho, a Korean tire maker had created a one of a kind concept car. Named as the Kumho Fortis the concept SUV were designed by Kumho’s own Rob Dolton, a former Fiat designer who linked up with the tire company in 2005. The main highlight of the conept car is SUV the tyre thread which can be changed from the cabin of the car in demand of the driver.
The tires feature metal biters in their tread that optimise off-road performance – when employed, it is primarily they that grip the terrain for maximum traction and durability. For on-road use, the tire cavity is inflated.
The drivetrain comprises four 100hp in wheel electric motors that create a neat AWD system. This system provides off-road traction, ESP and hill descent, while the motor configuration allows for easy transition between 4WD, 2WD, FWD and RWD.
Power comes from a lithium-ion battery pack and Kumho believes the viability of such alternative propulsion will depend on the technology becoming as user friendly and convenient as petrol and diesel are today. Recharging can be done at home or via special stations with replaceable batteries.
Sustainability has become a hallmark of Dolton’s concept designs, and the Fortis is no exception. The SUV makes use of recycled tire rubber in its bumpers, doors, wings, hatch, and hood.