The discovery, made at Goodyear’s Innovation Centre in Ohio, also found that the use of the natural product could reduce the tyremaker’s use of petroleum based oil by up to seven million gallons per year.
So good for the consumer, good for the environment and good for Goodyear’s bottom line. There’s still plenty of testing to do – prototype tyres will hit Goodyear’s Texas proving grounds this year, and if all goes well, we could see soybean oil tyres on the market by 2015.
Nick Broughall is the Australian Editor of TechRadar.com, where he gets to indulge his passion for geekery and the lastest technology. He is also the Editor of EFTM.com.au, where he gets to indulge his passion for manliness, from sampling fine liquor to the joys of growing a beard. It’s a pretty good life, really.