Q Celsius tires offer extra grip via spikes
Life imitating art? Actually, look for more Bond-esque technology in the form of retractable-stud snow tires. At the flip of a switch from the driver's console, studs spring out of the tire for extra grip, and retract with another flip of the switch. Treating their own invention as a tip of the hat to the superspy franchise, the tires are slated to come out in test markets in summer, under the name "Q Celsius" from the Q Tires brand. No word yet on the availability of rocket launchers or underwater capability. via Detroit News
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