Continental took the next step in developing their truck tyre strategy for the future when the company launched the HSR1 a regional traffic, steering axle truck tyre. The HSR1 development follows on from an ongoing market research campaign linked to technological development. This has identified the need for varying qualities in the tyres used for regional and long distance haulage – the HSR1 addresses those needs.
The HSR1, as a steering axle tire, has been developed to offer two large gains in performance, the first in lower noise levels, the next in an increase treadwear performance, offering extended lifespan of the original tread by up to 40 per cent. Examples on show at the launch suggested that it could be possible to extend mileage by as much as 52 per cent over current expected performance of the HSR. The new generation of truck tyres also includes the HDR, a regional drive axle tyre, and the HTR trailer tyre.
The HSR1 is part of a larger picture, in a move to offer a complete package to the haulier which not only offers better tyre performance, but greater economy though increased loads and potentially greater carrying capacity over an extended period. In an understanding of the importance of good quality casings to the retreader, especially given Continental’s co-operation with Bandag, Continental has incorporated its patented tread groove into the HSR1 which helps prevent stones from becoming lodged in the tread, thus preserving the casing for potential retreading. However, there is much more involved in the launch of the HSR1 than just another tyre.
The HSR1 launch has been used to highlight Continental’s expectations for the future. We consider the impact of the latest technology on the future developments in Continental’s truck tyre division..