Uniroyal Launches RainMax 2 for MPVs
Uniroyal has launched a new tyre for MPVs and light vans – the RainMax 2. According to the company, the tread pattern on this new rain tyre has been completely re-developed to ensure “safe, economical performance on both wet and dry roads.” New design features centre on a 17 per cent shorter wet braking distance the than that of the previous model.
Continental’s tyre engineers are said to have developed the Uniroyal tread pattern so its stiffness is evenly distributed across the tread ribs and lateral grooves, for even wear and high mileage performance. Furthermore, the tyre’s arrow-shaped groove structure and three wide and deep tread channels are designed to help prevent aquaplaning by dispersing water rapidly from the contact patch. In addition, a variety of gripping edges and lateral sipes in the tread lugs work together in a similar way to windscreen wipers to disperse water, for good handling and shorter braking distances, even on wet roads.
When compared with its predecessor, the RainMax 2 is said to offer a 5 per cent improvement in handling in addition to 17 per cent shorter braking distances. In order to achieve short braking distances on dry roads too, tyre developers have integrated additional stiffeners into the lateral grooves between the tread lugs. These are said to prevent the lugs from moving during braking and shorten the braking distance. The stiffeners also provide positive support when lateral forces are encountered and stabilise the tread during cornering. As a result, company representatives report that the RainMax 2 delivers a 3 per cent improvement in handling bends from its predecessor.
The new Uniroyal RainMax 2 is available in a total of 20 sizes in widths from 165 to 235mm suitable for 13 to 16-inch rims. The tyre has been approved for speeds of up to 131 mph (210 kmh), with a maximum load capacity of 1,215kg per tyre (8PR).