Punctures might be a thing of the past if this new style of tyre catches on, as its the very first to be non-pneumatic or airless which is now commercially available to consumers as Non-Pneumatic Tires (NPT) thanks to Polaris.
Polaris has started to offer a new style of ATV which is fitted with non-pneumatic tires and takes the form of the new Sportsman WV850 H.O. all-terrain vehicle, which is based on the companies U.S. army’s MV850 ATV.
The Sportsman WV850 H.O is fitted with a reinforced steel exoskeleton enabling it to tow 1,500 pounds or slowly winch another vehicle up to 3,500 pounds in weight.
“Earlier this year, Polaris Defense started offering NPT tires as an option for its military vehicles. The technology is beneficial for military work due to the fact the tires never go flat. Polaris has tested NPTs under several extreme situations, including logging more than 350 miles/563 kilometers after receiving fire from a 50-cal round, and driving 1,000 miles/1609 kilometers with a 3 in/7.6 cm railroad spike in the tread and webbing.
These tests lead to a confidence-building consumer vehicle, both in terms of durability and reliability, and ensure a highly-capable work and hunting partner. Beyond having no flats, consumers will appreciate the other benefits TerrainArmor tires offer including a better center-of-gravity, improved cornering due to less pushing and the capability for the tires to be designed for a diverse range of applications.”
For more information on the new Sportsman WV850 H.O jump over to the Polaris website for details, where it is available to purchase for $15,000.