Goodyear Releases Kevlar Reinforced Tyres
In the US, Goodyear has released two new premium tyres aimed at SUV and light truck drivers. The Wrangler and Fortera both feature one of the company’s latest innovations, SilentArmor technology.
When Goodyear says its tyres use this technology, it basically means that the products include three distinct features. Firstly they use an “armour zone” that is comprised of a layer of DuPont Kevlar, a material five times stronger than steel. In addition, they feature an extra durable sidewall in order to resist punctures and cuts. On top of this the products include a rugged rim guard that helps protect wheels from rim damage. On the comfort side, the Fortera tyre features a layer that is designed to “soak up” road noise and vibration.
The new Wrangler also contains traction ridges designed between the tread of the tyre. These are said to provide traction in wet or muddy conditions. The product uses a new silica blend compound in order to achieve better wet traction and is also certified for “severe snow” usage.
Goodyear describes as strong silent types, adding that the Fortera, is aimed at SUV drivers, and is designed to offer utility, toughness and style; while the Wrangler is an on/off road tyre, which the company says provides both toughness and comfort. The company reports that the tyres will be produced in “the most popular truck sizes on the road.”