The world's first non-studded winter tire with studs:

Unique stud technology brings the studs out when they are needed

Nokian Tyres presents the world's first non-studded winter tire with studs in connection with the 80th anniversary of the winter tire. With this revolutionary concept tire and its unique stud technology the inventor of the winter tire gives a hint of the things to come in the future. With a press of a button, the driver can bring out the studs to improve the grip of the tire. When the studs are not needed, they can be retracted back into the tire.

The idea of the combined non-studded and studded tire is that the driver can make the switch when the conditions clearly change. Studs are not used on dry roads and stable winter conditions, but they can be activated in icy weather for extreme safety.

The concept tire of the world’s leading winter tire specialist utilises the tread pattern and structural solutions of the newly introduced Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8 SUV studded winter tire. The studs on all four tires raise and lower at the same time. The body of the stud remains in place, and the moving part is the hard metal pin in the middle of the stud.

"This new concept tire is an amazing technological feat. The unique stud concept may indeed become a reality one day."
Matti Morri, Nokian Tyres plc, Technical Customer Service Manager


- This new concept tire is an amazing technological feat. The unique stud concept may indeed become a reality one day. As the pioneers of the winter tire world, we show that it is possible to combine a studded and non-studded winter tire, says Matti Morri, Technical Customer Service Manager for Nokian Tyres.

Nokian Tyres developed and manufactured the world's first winter tire to match the Northern frost in 1934. Two years later, the engineers at the tire factory came up with an improved solution for passenger car drivers struggling with the slippery winter roads, and they called it the Snow-Hakkapeliitta. Nowadays, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta is one of the world's best-known winter tire brands.

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