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Crazy Wheels Let Car Do the Electric Slide

by Shane McGlaun
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You may have never heard of omni-directional car wheels. I certainly hadn’t. What that means are wheels and tires that allow the vehicle to move in any direction you need it to within the length of its body. Just watch the bitchin’ Toyota Echo in this video equipped with omni-directional wheels and tires invented by William Liddiard.

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The special wheels allow the car to spin, slide, and move in ways that no normal car can match. The builder doesn’t let on just how he created these wheels, but says the tires use the same materials normal tires do, and the tires are subject to an incredible 24,000 pounds of torque.

The video show the tires moving in a rolling fashion, moving the car around like it’s on the shoulders of millions of ants who want to eat the car or dinner. Check it out, and watch these cool wheels in action. I rather need these for parallel parking.

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  1. Rustin says:

    This idea may have a useful niche, but I would NOT want to use them on wet roads. I see no treads at all. There may be a way around that but they sure are complex. Ordinary tires are mechanically simple and that is good considering the beating they take on less than perfect roads. That said, I’d keep playing around with this idea. Niches can grow with good engineering and the right opportunity.

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