Falken expands winter tyre portfolio with SUV models
Falken has expanded its winter tyre portfolio with SUV models for the Eurowinter HS01 range are now available under the name of Eurowinter HS01 SUV. They have been developed to deliver improved directional stability, aquaplaning resistance and better grip in wet, icy and snowy conditions.
Falken states that the tyre features micro-optimised stiffer tread blocks, interlocking lateral grooves and patented 3D ‘Miura-Ori’ sipe technology, a Falken development that shifts the tread blocks to increase the tyre footprint under pressure and tensile load. Adaptive Constant Pressure (ACP) and Advanced 4D-Nano Design ensure stability and safety on the road. An ACP-enhanced tread delivers even pressure distribution over the tyre’s contact patch; this boosts grip, braking efficiency and directional stability, and also impacts positively on wear.
Advanced 4D-Nano Design technology, harnessing the supercomputer and Synchrotron systems at the SPring-8 Material Research Centre in Japan, simulates and optimises the individual compound elements used in the tyre to nano level, focusing on the polymer chains. The result is improved wear resistance while retaining the excellent wet performance for which Falken is well-known.
“A winter tyre specifically for SUVs is the logical continuation of our strategy of supplying an extensive product portfolio for growing and profitable market sectors,” says Andreas Giese, senior manager division corporate planning at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. “We have also expanded the Eurowinter HS01 and Eurowinter VAN01 ranges by adding more sizes; there are now 77 new car sizes and 17 light truck and van sizes. This will boost our market coverage in these sectors.”
The Eurowinter HS01 SUV is now available in 12 sizes, with a further 27 to be added to the catalogue in 2018. Falken will supply the Eurowinter HS01 SUV in rim diameters 16 to 19 inches, in series 55 to 70 and in speed ratings H, V and W.
EU label ratings depend on the tyre size in question. Energy efficiency is rated at C to F, while the tyre has a B rating for wet braking and noise level 2 for drive-by noise (depending on the tyre size).