Conti grows Scandinavia 2 winter CV range
According to Continental, the harsh UK and Northern Ireland winters of recent times have brought about an increase in demand for truck winter tyres. To meet this higher demand, the tyre maker has added five new sizes to its Scandinavia 2 range of winter tyres for truck, bus and coach.
Two new low profile sizes, 295/60 R 22.5 and 315/60 R 22.5, are available for the drive axle position, while three new tyres intended for heavier loads have been released for steer axle fitments. These are sizes 315/60 R 22.5 XL, 315/70 R 22.5 XL and 355/50 R 22.5 XL. Continental says the Scandinavia 2 XL tyres are engineered to accommodate higher load capacities while maintaining maximum traction during the winter season.
All steering axle tyres from the new Scandinavia 2 generation feature what Conti calls an “intelligent tread design” that is intended to provide optimum road contact on varying road surfaces. This is achieved through a multitude of lateral and longitudinal grooves as well as sipes in the tread blocks. The soft tread compound, which was specially developed for the new winter tyres, is formulated to give good grip on ice and compacted snow. The wide rib on the outer shoulder provides optimum support against the lateral forces which occur during cornering.
“During the last few tough winters, Continental Scandinavia winter tyres for tractor units, rigids and semi-trailers proved that optimum traction and fuel economy can be achieved,” commented Tracey Hyem, commercial marketing manager at Continental. “The new sizes on the Scandinavia 2 generation will provide operators with additional traction and safety on the roads in snowy and icy conditions.”
Over the course of the tyre’s life, a Scandinavia 2 changes its product character through its two-phase tread configuration: During initial winter use, the Scandinavia 2 provides the maximum number of gripping edges for improved traction, yet as the tyre wears, the tread pattern develops a tread structure similar to a summer tyre thanks to the considerably higher rubber content. This, says Continental, has the cumulative effect of increasing driving stability and fuel consumption, while reducing the need and cost of having two separate sets of tyres for the two seasons.