New Rockproof combines heavy machine durability & car tyre comfort, says Nokian
Nokian Tyres has introduced a new off-road tyre for light trucks and SUVs, the Rockproof, and says it “offers extreme durability for professional driving and off-road enthusiasts. The tyre maker singles out quarries, forests and mines as environments in which the Nokian Rockproof is a “fearless performer,” and states that “this sturdy new tyre is a tireless workhorse with a thoroughbred mining compound that can handle even unexpected impacts during demanding off-road use.” Eight Nokian Rockproof sizes will introduced in Europe early next year.
According to Nokian, the combination of a new cut-resistant tread compound and “aggressive” tread pattern provide this excellent resistance in rough conditions. Aramid fibres are also used to strengthen the Rockproof’s sidewall. The tyre was developed in cooperation with Nokian Heavy Tyres and tested by professionals at mines and quarries in Europe and North America. Yet Nokian reports that the qualities typically appreciated by motorists haven’t been ignored: “The tyre seamlessly combines the special durability of heavy machine tyres with the comfort of passenger car tyres.”
“Off-road driving and the toughest professional use require extreme durability from the tyre, and puncture protection in particular,” comments Olli Seppälä, product development manager for Nokian Tyres. “Under these conditions, tyres may sometimes have unpleasantly short service lives. Accidental damage causes a lot of additional costs and tyre changes result in additional work. The tyre has excellent cut resistance due to the tread compound that was developed for use in mines. The tyre’s strong structure and aramid sidewalls protect the tyre against damage from the sides. This product has been developed for improving the efficiency of demanding professional use.”