Bridgestone introduces Tube Multicell winter tyre compound
Bridgestone has developed what it calls a “next generation” compound for its Blizzak winter tyres designed to grip like a studded tyre. Called Tube Multicell, it contains thousands of microscopic tubular cells and “bite particles.” Together with other technologies, the Tube Multicell compound is applied in the new Blizzak WS70 in a bid to offer motorists superior handling in Nordic winter conditions.
“This latest Tube Multicell compound gives drivers the grip they might expect from a studded tyre, but with the comfort of a studless tyre” says Tadashi Kodama, general manager, Consumer Product Planning of BSEU
According to the company, Bridgestone developed Multicell compound technology in response to the environmental issues and subsequent legislation that have led to restrictions in the use of studded tyres in Japan, the USA and Europe.
This latest Multicell generation features uniformly-distributed microscopic tubular pores which remove, like a sponge, the thin layer of water developed between the tyre and an icy road. As the water is dispersed, the hardened bite particles then come into contact with the icy surface, providing extra grip. New Multicell pores and miniature biting edges are constantly exposed as the tread wears, maintaing the winter performance during the tyre life.
The new Blizzak WS70 features Bridgestone’s latest and most advanced winter tyre technologies. In addition to the Tube Mullticell compound with biting particles, the tyre has 3D Zig-Zag siping and Nano-Pro Tech polymer to improve compound flexibility in low temperatures.