General Motors Company is investing $5 million to help create a new National Tire Research Center at Virginia Tech Transportation Institute. Better fuel economy and lower emissions are two of the reasons why.
The facility is the result of a long partnership between VTTI and GM. Other funding for the $14 million center is coming from Virginia Tech and the national tobacco settlement.
The National Tire Research Center will incorporate state-of-the-art rolling resistance machinery, in theory enabling tire and automotive manufacturers to accelerate the development of tire technology, reproduce real-world emergency events, and improve vehicle highway safety, according to GM.