“Without equal in terms of traction, fuel efficiency and productivity” – Vredestein launches Traxion Optimall
Today, Vredestein has announced the end result of what it describes as “years of extensive research into the particular needs of tractor manufacturers and end users.” This end result is the Traxion Optimall, the next generation of Vredestein VF (Very high Flexion) tyre for the upper tractor segment.
Introducing its new product, Vredestein says the Traxion Optimall is “without equal in terms of traction, fuel efficiency and productivity” and will “substantially reduce the total cost of ownership.” Vredestein will introduce the Traxion Optimall at the Agritechnica trade show in Germany (hall 20, stand B63) later this month.
Prior to launching the Traxion Optimall, the tyre underwent intensive testing by both Vredestein and non-profit agricultural industry organisation the DLG (German Agricultural Society). Vredestein states that these tests “confirmed the exceptional performance of this new VF tyre.”
Claiming a new benchmark, Vredestein shares that the Traxion Optimall is the only VF tyre allowing a lower inflation pressure in the field and ensuring an up to 15 per cent larger footprint compared to VF and 25 per cent compared to IF (Increased Flexion) tyres currently on the market.
DLG found that a tractor above 400 hp fitted with Traxion Optimall carrying out tillage activities experienced 5.5 per cent less slippage than the same tractor fitted with IF tyres of another premium brand. They further calculated that this corresponds to seven per cent less fuel consumption and a corresponding gain in productivity.
The Traxion Optimall makes full use of Vredestein’s F+ technology, combining very high flexibility with exceptional stability. The highly flexible sidewall consists of a focused flexing point. A high-tech rubber compound in the shoulder area supports the casing at low pressure for extreme deflection. Vredestein shares that, together, these features enable the Traxion Optimall to be used at up to 25 per cent lower pressure in the field than other VF tyres currently in the market and even 40 per cent compared to IF.
F+ Technology offers a high degree of stability through the presence of a bead stabiliser. A rigid upper bead zone supports the stability of the Traxion Optimall, even at low pressure. The result is ten per cent higher radial stiffness compared to other VF tyres, ensuring safe handling during heavy road transport.
The Traxion Optimall incorporates the Traxion tread concept, a design already seen in the Traxion+ and TraxionXXL. Its high rubber content compound is said to ensure 30 per cent better wear resistance and, therefore, a 30 per cent longer lifespan.
The new tyre will come to market from February 2018 in the sizes VF 710/75 R 42 184D, VF 650/65 R 34 NRO 170D and VF 650/60 R 34 NRO 168D. More sizes will be added later in 2018.