Firestone Winterhawk 2 a Timely Arrival for Winter
Enhanced safety and driving comfort with the Firestone Winterhawk 2The new and improved high performance winter tyre gives you the reassurance of superior control of your vehicle. Comfort and economy create the perfect package.
With the winter months just around the corner, Bridgestone has introduced its newest Firestone cold weather tyre. The Winterhawk 2 is designed to offer excellent grip on snow surfaces plus enhanced performance characteristics on dry and wet roads – all this comes with, says Bridgestone, driving comfort and economy.
Fitting winter tyres onto a vehicle shouldn’t wait until the first snow flurries, the tyre major comments, adding that changing tyres with the seasons is highly recommended when temperatures begin to fall. The “O to E rule” of thumb, says Bridgestone, is a good estimate for our climate: Winter tyres from October to Easter. Certified winter tyres – identified by the snowflake symbol on the sidewall – offer optimum grip and secure handling even on pavement that is free of snow.
Just like its predecessor ‘Winterhawk’, the ‘Winterhawk 2’ features a tread with a fixed rolling direction. A compound with a high proportion of silica accommodates good performance characteristics in snow and balance in wet conditions. Numerous sipes and grip edges in the tread pattern provide optimum traction and braking on snow-covered pavement and ice, while extended side lugs on the tread are intended to ensure excellent handling on snow and maximum stability in curves.
The 3D sipe profile on the shoulder of the tyre helps the ‘Winterhawk 2’ when cornering on dry pavements: It stiffens the tread for secure handling characteristics. Tread connectors in the centre of the tyre tread improve stability and result in optimised braking and driving characteristics in dry conditions. They also improve mileage, making the tyre more economical.
The ‘Winterhawk 2’ has been available in 21 sizes for 13 to 17-inch rims of the 45 to 70 series with speed indexes T and H since June 2008.