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Appsnewbie NEVER ceases to be amazed and intrigued with new technologies ..

CAMBER TIRES..FASTER ..SAFER..HMM  Remember the bias ply – or TUBEs -whoa- the time machine of automotive

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In 1839, Charles Goodyear accidentally discovered how rubber could be ‘vulcanized.’

Since then, the most notable tire advancements can be counted on one hand. Scot Robert Thompson invented the pneumatic tire in 1846. (Forty-two years later, Dr. John Dunlop had to reinvent Thompson’s discarded idea.) Michelin patented the steel-belted radial in 1946. Tubeless tires arrived in 1954 followed by the first run-flat designs in 1958 and low-profile sidewalls in 1968.

Add to this list of fearless pioneers John Scott who recently offered us what he calls a Camber Tire for testing and evaluation. In our June 2010 issue, Automobile Magazine selected this as one of the ten most significant emerging technologies. Now that we’ve enjoyed a few miles over the road on these tires and had the chance to conduct two preliminary performance tests, we’re more convinced that the Camber Tire concept is worthy of our acclaim.

Twelve years ago, Scott — a successful Wisconsin car dealer and mortgage broker — was inspired by the sight of a grossly overloaded Lexus sedan exhibiting excessive rear wheel and tire camber. Instead of running vertically, the tops of the rear tires were tipped sharply inward. While most of us would have moved on to the next item in our daily routines, Scott was convinced there was something to be gained by orienting tires in this braced sea-leg manner.

With his father’s backing he sketched his Camber Tire idea and hired an attorney to conduct a patent search. In 1999, he was issued US Patent 5975176 for a “tire with a constantly decreasing diameter.” Scott had invented the asymmetrical profile with an inner sidewall significantly shorter than the outer sidewall. While negative camber angles up to ten degrees might be beneficial, the first experimental tires Scott had made are molded with the tread angled two degrees.

In conjunction with a suspension adjusted to suit this radically different cross-section, Scott’s Camber Tire delivers a long list of claimed benefits:


  • Quieter running
  • Reduced tread wear
  • More predictable response during emergency maneuvers
  • Increased track width
  • Improved handling, braking, and high-speed stability
  • Improved straight-line steering
  • Superior performance during oval track racing


(See Scott’s website,, for the patent disclosure and detailed list of performance claims.)

This sounds like too much to be true. The skeptic in us wondered why the major tire makers weren’t on to this trick if it really paid such handsome dividends. There had to be a hitch. Driving on Camber Tires at the ragged limits of performance was the only way to see if they lived up to Scott’s promises. When he offered that opportunity with some experimental tires manufactured by his initial partner M&H, we were the first independent organization to put Camber Tires to the test.

Before adjourning to the track, this primer might be useful. The phenomenon called camber thrust is what a leaning motorcycle uses to assume a curved path. Tipping the tops of both tires towards the center of a bend develops lateral forces at the two points where the bike’s tire treads contact the pavement. These lateral forces, in combination with small steering angles, are what allows motorcycles to follow a curved cornering path.

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Camber Tires Opener

Camber thrust is also useful in four-wheeled vehicles. The main benefit associated with tipping the tires off a perfectly vertical orientation is compensating for the body’s outward lean in a corner. Ideally, the entire tire tread should stay firmly and evenly planted against the pavement. Unfortunately, that ideal situation is disturbed by body lean and by the typical suspension system’s inability to fully compensate for the tipping body.

Car and tire designers avoid significant camber angles because, if one front tire runs at a camber angle and the other doesn’t, the car can feel twitchy and unpredictable on a straight path. Also, uneven tread wear occurs with tires rolling at steep camber angles.

The beauty of the Camber Tire is that its tread runs flat. Scott claims that his prototype tire treads showed normal life in long-mileage tests. But the more important benefit is the camber thrust available to enhance cornering ability without waiting for body roll or suspension deflection.

Forty years ago, racing driver-engineer Mark Donohue was so intrigued by the possible benefits of cambered tires that his crew constructed an experimental AMC Javelin for the Trans Am series combining cambered wheels with a live rear axle. Today, Goodyear is exploiting cambered tires in NASCAR. Since Sprint Cup cars only turn left on oval tracks, it’s beneficial to have the outboard tires running at steep negative (top towards the car) camber angles while the inboard tires operate at steep positive (top away from the car) camber. In the middle of a high-speed corner, when the body rolls a few degrees, this setup provides the ideal upright orientation, allowing all four tires to generate maximum adhesion.

The tests we conducted at the Bosch proving grounds in Flat Rock, Michigan, over south-eastern Michigan public roads, and at the Tire Rack’s testing facilities near South Bend, Indiana, were rudimentary by design and intent. The goal was to determine if the Camber Tire could deliver Scott’s phenomenal claims. We used two Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution test cars – one with standard Yokohama Advan A13 original equipment tires and factory camber settings (see results chart), one with front and rear suspensions reset with negative camber. Scott’s Optima Sports enterprise supplied two sets of Camber Tires for evaluation — one molded with a 140 tread wear rating, the other with R compound tread rubber. (The reference Advans have a 180 tread-wear rating — higher is better. R compound rubber is intended for gymkhana or race track use where traction is a much higher priority than tread wear.

We owe a special thanks to Automobile Magazine reader Jermaine Holland who generously provided the reference Evo test car and OE tires.)

Our results confirm that Camber Tires do provide measurable advantages over conventional rubber designs. Optima’s standard-tread design (second on the results chart) is a fairly close performance match with the original equipment Yokohama Advans. (After 23,000 miles of use, one Tire Rack customer rated these tires “simply the best tire an Evo driver can get.”) The R-compound Camber Tire delivered remarkable gains: versus the reference Advans, it shortened stopping distance by 11 feet and increased cornering grip by more than four percent (left and right lateral acceleration average).

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Camber Tires Test Results

Tire engineers would kill for any one-percent gain. Trimming braking distance by six percent while increasing cornering grip by four percent constitutes a major breakthrough.

We were also impressed at the subjective observations we noted with the Camber Tires. They turn in smartly with a purely linear and predictable response. The Evo’s drift angle was significantly reduced over what was demonstrated by the Evo on Advans. At the limit of cornering grip, minor changes in steering or throttle position were enough to hold the car on the desired line. The feedback provided to the driver through the steering wheel and the car’s minor movements were both clear and concise. The extra grip available here should be easy for any driver to use.

Even more amazing is how these radical tires performed on tattered Michigan back roads. They showed an uncanny ability to traverse pavement imperfections and potholes with much less trauma transmitted through the car’s chassis. Instead of reverberating through the suspension and body structure, each bump was of short duration. The Camber Tires ride as if they’re filled with marshmallows instead of cement.

Where from here? Scott is collaborating with M&H to construct more molds so that experimental Camber Tires can be evaluated in additional sizes. He also hopes to produce what he calls ‘square’ tires — radials with identical compounding and construction, minus the camber feature — to facilitate more equitable comparison tests. Plans are afoot for Optima Sports to sell some Camber Tires in the size we tested here to early adopters such as SCCA Solo competitors, track day users, and fanatic street drivers. But Scott’s ultimate intention is to license this technology to major manufacturers with the means to further develop his concept.

If and when the Camber Tire idea takes hold, John Scott will have earned his place next to the true tire heroes — Goodyear, Dunlop, and Michelin.

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Dream: the Possibilities are Endless!


Are you ready to discover the endless possibilities of technology? Are you ready to come up with your own dreams of the future? If you are, join the challenge, research your ideas, build models, and present them to the world!



There is an entrance fee of $200 dollars to use an INCA modeling kit with 100 nodes, a total of 625 pieces, valued at more than $400 for up to 4 months. Teams will be reimbursed the entrance fee and get $50 when they complete the challenge.


Who is Eligible?

Teams from any group at the High School level i.e. engineering/design clubs, Young Marines, Boy/Girl Scouts, etc.


Teams from any college or university


INCA Design teams consist of 2 to 5 students with no more than 3 teams per school.


Professors, teachers, and nonstudent mentors may advise and assist the team, but they cannot be team members.


How do I enter?

1. Fill out the registration form with a description of your entry in less than 100 words in one of nine categories:


  • Consumer Products – Products that increase quality of life in the workplace, at home during leisure time, or while traveling.
  • Machinery and Equipment – Mechanisms that speed up and improve work, manufacturing, or scientific research processes.
  • Medical – Devices that improve the efficiency and quality of healthcare.
  • Safety & Security – Devices that defend or enhance the security or safety of individuals, businesses, communities, or nations.
  • Sustainable Technology – Products that harness or use renewable energy sources, as well as products designed for other purposes using environmentally friendly materials or manufacturing processes.
  • Transportation – Machines that enable movement of people and goods from one place to another.
  • Structures – Products or housing that would help people live in new environments such as in the air, and on or under water.
  • Outer Space – Devices that would make living or working in outer space safer, easier or cheaper.
  • Other – Ideas and concepts that do not fit within the other categories.


2. Make $200 registration fee out to the INCAnaut Challenge.


What will I get when I register?

INCA modeling kit worth $400 to use and experiment for up to 4 months.


What do I have to do to complete the challenge?


  1. Keep a lab book – must have at least 10 pages of records.
  2. Make a poster displaying your ideas
  3. Make a video presentation or present at one of our events (10 to 15 minutes long).
  4. Write an essay explaining why your concept could be created in the future (400 to 500 words and must have at least 5 references).


How long do I have to complete the challenge?

A total of 4 months from the day you receive the INCA modeling kits.


What happens if I don’t meet the deadline?

Then your entry fee will not be reimbursed.


What happens if I complete the challenge?

The INCA modeling kit is returned and all work is submitted to the INCAnaut Challenge (must be postmarked by the 4 month deadline).

You receive a check for 250 dollars; which includes a reimbursement of your registration fee and 50 dollars for completing the challenge!


What happens if some of the pieces I send back are damaged or painted?

The cost of the damaged pieces is subtracted from the check we send you when you complete the challenge.


Can I participate more than once?

Yes, but you have to submit a proposal of your new design for approval before you can enter a second time because of the limited supply of models.


Important Info

  • Team meeting reports, brain storming session ideas, and other notes need to be kept in a black and white composition notebook which must be submitted.
  • All teams that cannot make it to the presentation event need to submit video presentations.
  • Each of the team members must actively participate in the design assembly, testing, promotion, and/or support in the team’s final presentation.


Tips for Entrants

The best entries clearly and concisely answer all of the following questions and are accompanied by illustrations that complement and illuminate the text:


  • What problem does your design idea solve?
  • What are the potential benefits?
  • How would this idea be applied?
  • How is your idea novel or an improvement on what is currently available in the marketplace?
  • Why would we need/want the design?
  • What is the market potential?
  • How does your design work?
  • How would your product be manufactured?


The best design ideas will:

  • Improve quality of life
  • Automate tedious tasks
  • Prevent or reduce injuries
  • Improve public safety and security
  • Save time and money
  • Offer alternative energy solutions
  • Reduce consumption of natural resources
  • Lead to other product improvements


I’m getting arrested- OWS – the APP

Android developer Jason Van Anden designed an app for protesters participating in OWS (Occupy Wall Street) protests.YAAY Jason..

This app called “I’m getting arrested” works with the idea that participants in the protests weigh the possibility that he or she may be arrested.

The “I’m Getting Arrested” Android app has an easy setup:

After being setup with one push on the keypad, the program automatically alerts family, friends, attorneys, Facebook and Twitter.

LET PEOPLE KNOW – WE WORRY ABOUT YOU-and our poor poor country:

What has our indifference wrought? We elected  a preponderance of “legal” thieves- economic traitors and con artists.. 

Remember Maytag and Whirlpool in Newton Iowa – and Whirlpool- after all this country has done for you 

you should hang your head in shame.





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