Hopium & Bridgestone To Develop Tyres for Hydrogen-Powered Hopium Machina
Hopium, the French company behind the Hopium Machina hydrogen-powered car, is partnering with Bridgestone to develop premium tyres for the high-end sedan.
The production version of the fuel-cell Machina will, the company says, be good for 1000km of range, have a refilling time of three minutes, have 373kW on tap and a top speed of 230km/h.
The goal of the Hopium/Bridgestone partnership is to design tyres with low rolling resistance technology, allowing for an increase in the car’s range.
The tyres will be created using Bridgestone’s proprietary Virtual Tyre Development technology. That technology allows Bridgestone to design a digital tyre, test it virtually and refine it before manufacturing and physical testing takes place. It’s a process, the company says, that cuts development time and CO2 emissions, as well as the use of raw materials.
“This exciting partnership with Hopium once again demonstrates our support for the next generation of innovative mobility pioneers,” said Steven De Bock, VP Consumer Replacement and OE, Bridgestone EMIA. “We’re placing our recognised expertise at the service of a real game-changer in the field of zero-emission mobility and helping bring about a more sustainable future of mobility in the process.”
Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2022)
24 June 2022