Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit www.motortrend.com for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |   |  Watch - Inventor Shows off Omni-Directional Wheels (w/ Video)
Subscribe to the Free
Newsletter

Watch - Inventor Shows off Omni-Directional Wheels (w/ Video)

Bolt-on design allows any wheeled-vehicle to travel sideways

Jason Udy
Jul 1, 2016

If you've ever wanted to move sideways into and out of a parking spot or have a much smaller turning radius, Liddiard Wheels may soon have your answer. Inventor William Liddiard posted a video of what he claims is the first set of "bolt-on" omni-directional wheels for any wheeled vehicle.

In order to showcase his new invention, Liddiard bolted his prototype omni-directional wheels onto his personal Toyota Echo coupe. Liddiard says that "unlike other omni capable wheels, my wheels do not require the vehicle to be built around them. This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels." He even asserts that the wheels can be used in any weather or road conditions.

Advantages of the omni-directional wheels include the ability to drive in all directions or rotate the vehicle 360 degrees. The tires can be had with various tread patterns and with different siping and grooves.

While Liddiard says his design produces 24,000 pounds of torque, he says the production versions would likely be offered with a taller gear specific to the application.

Check out the video below to see what is claimed to be the first universal set of bolt-on omni-directional wheels.

By Jason Udy
129 Articles

BROWSE CARS BY MARKET

MORE FEATURES

The stuff dreams are of
Bradley IgerApr 23, 2019
A Voltex-clad purpose-built road course warrior with aspirations on becoming one of the fastest S2000s in the world.
Sam DuApr 22, 2019
Ronnarit Imsamut didn't exactly stay with the original engine that his RX-7 rolled off the assembly line with, however, he stuck to what he knows and loves, and that's pure rotary power.
RodrezApr 19, 2019
Only a limited amount of the bright-orange 2020 Stinger GTS will be built, and it will be available with rear- or all-wheel drive.
Aaron GoldApr 18, 2019
Strapping into Honda's latest off-road toy
Sam DuApr 17, 2019
Sponsored Links

SEARCH ARTICLES BY MAKE/MODEL

Search
CLOSE X
BUYER'S GUIDE
SEE THE ALL NEW
NEWS, REVIEWS & SPECS
TO TOP