Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT – A Touch Different
Dunlop’s latest addition to its uhp range is the SP Sport Maxx TT, the successor to the award-winning SP Sport Maxx and which incorporates a host of new features and advanced technologies.
The first of these is the addition of DuPont Kevlar Engineered Elastomer (EE) to apex of the tyre. Kevlar is a fibre that is five times stronger than steel, yet light in weight and its addition to the tyre apex compound creates a stiffer sidewall, which becomes more resistant to torsion, tension and heat and guarantees increased stability during cornering, as well as enhanced road feedback and more precision driving.
The compound is further enhanced by the use of motor sport-derived compound and fillers with particle sizes smaller than 100 nanometers – with one nanometer being one millionth of a millimetre. This ensures better bonding between the filler and rubber matrix, thus increasing the total surface, which in turn ensures that the tyre offers better performance in both adhesion and wear. The concrete benefits are numerous: improved wet and dry grip and braking, as well as longer mileage.
The SP Sport Maxx TT incorporates Dunlop’s Touch Technology, which ensures an excellent two-way communication, meaning driving enthusiasts can concentrate on what really matters: driving enjoyment.
Dunlop’s Touch Technology combines a number of sophisticated tyre technologies such as Multi Radius Tread Technology (MRT), a specific bead seat system, a flatter tread profile and an asymmetrical tread design with a variable land to sea ratio:
First of these, the stiffer pattern design is based on Dunlop Multi Radius Tread Technology (MRT). The tread pattern is conventionally developed on the basis of three different radii, but Dunlop MRT Design employs ten different radii and is therefore more precise. The pressure across the tyre is managed more effectively and the effect is a significantly better control over the evolution of the footprint in driving conditions. The shape of the tyre changes more smoothly when it moves from a straight to a curve, leading to more precise and progressive reactions.
Feature number two of Dunlop’s Touch Technology is a flatter tread profile with a four to eight per cent bigger contact patch, depending on size and type. A flatter profile with bigger contact patch delivers better impulse, more stability and enhanced road feedback, allowing tyres to respond quicker and more precisely.
The asymmetric tread design with a variable land to sea ratio provides improved aquaplaning resistance. The continuous centre rib increases stability and precision. The asymmetric groove arrangement enhances grip on wet and dry surfaces, while the massive outer shoulder block delivers outstanding cornering control. Drivers will experience more relaxed motoring thanks to the tyre’s improved performance in both straight line and in curves.
As the Touch Technology tyres touch the surface of the road they deliver a superior level of road feedback, which drivers experience throughout the body during the drive. The entire driving experience becomes more tactile, providing the driver with vital information, making all the difference to the drive.
Tread Design Aids Outstanding Performance
The SP Sport Maxx TT features a massive wide and solid outer shoulder block, with a high groove volume in the centre area and stiffer tread blocks in the inner shoulder area, ensuring numerous tangible advantages for the driver: from better wet and dry grip and enhanced cornering stability to better aquaplaning resistance and enhanced high speed stability.
The new tyre also performs outstandingly against its main competitors, leaving them behind in many performance benchmark tests, most notably in dry and wet handling as well as lateral aquaplaning comparisons.
Said Frédéric Schilling, Brand Director of Dunlop Europe, Middle East and Africa: “Dunlop’s ultra high performance tyres have long been the benchmark in performance driving. At Dunlop we are driven by creating innovation in tyre technology and we are therefore proud to introduce the new SP Sport Maxx TT with DuPont™ Kevlar® technology, as it confirms yet another innovation in tyre technology for us.”
He added: “the SP Sport Maxx TT offers driving enthusiasts so many concrete reasons to enjoy driving even more: more control, better handling, more cornering stability and more road feedback – extreme precision driving is no longer solely the privilege of racing drivers…with the Sport Maxx TT everyday driving in everyday circumstances can be just as precise and enjoyable.”
The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx TT is available in 15 Y-speed rated sizes, for 17″ and 18″ wheels and aspect ratios from 50 series down to 35 series.