2020 Ford Explorer Features Sci-Fi-Like Self-Healing Tires From Michelin

The 2020 Ford Explorer is the first SUV to include Michelin Selfseal tires as a configuration option. This means you won’t need to delay your road trip plans in the event of a puncture. It also reduces the risk of a blowout, minimizes deformation of the tire, and saves you from making dangerous tire changes on the roadside.

Michelin Selfseal tires are designed to seal any tire punctures sustained from driving over nails or screws. If the puncture is less than a quarter-inch in diameter, it is automatically sealed by an eco-friendly rubber sealant. The sealant – which lines the drive face of the tire – restores the integrity of the tire and maintains a steady rolling resistance. According to Ford, Michelin Selfseal tires are responsible for sealing more than 90 percent of common tread punctures.

Unfortunately, Michelin Selfseal tires are not resistant to punctures in the sidewall of the tire. Data gathered by Michelin suggests that a nail puncture in a Selfseal tire will only lose 15 psi after one week without repair. If you’re thinking about driving with a puncture in your tire, keep a close track of any low tire-pressure warnings and give the tire a daily physical inspection.

Although the Ford Explorer is the first SUV to adopt the feature, Michelin Selfseal has been available since 1999. In fact, Michelin initially designed Selfseal technology for use in award-winning mountain bike tires. The current generation of Michelin Selfseal tires was first developed for a special edition of the Chevrolet Bolt EV.

Michelin Selfseal tires are the standard offering for the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum and Explorer Limited Hybrid four-wheel drive. The innovative tires are also an optional addition for basic hybrid and non-hybrid Explorer models.

“The all-new Explorer is designed to help our customers feel unstoppable and worry-free,” remarked the Explorer’s marketing manager, Craig Patterson. “The availability of these new Michelin Selfseal tires is another great example of that.”

To make sure you don’t become wholly reliant on Selfseal technology, all Explorer models will ship with an extra 255/55R20 tire.

Sources: Wikimedia Commons

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