High performance GitiSynergyH2 tyre reaches European aftermarket
17 initial sizes herald aftermarket launch of the tyre, which has won several OE deals for the manufacturer
Giti Tire’s GitiSynergyH2 high performance tyre in now available on the European aftermarket. The tyre’s original equipment derivative has already secured several fitments with the Volkswagen Group. The tyre is initially available in 17 sizes between 15” and 18”, section widths 185-235, series sizes 50-65 and with speed indices T, H, V, W and Y. Aimed primarily at compact and family cars, crossover vehicles and small SUVs, a further 25 additional sizes will follow throughout the year. On the EU label, the GitiSynergyH2 is rated A in wet grip and A-C in rolling resistance.
The GitiSynergyH2 was originally unveiled in December 2020 as an OE fitment and has since been selected in sizes 205/60R16 XL 96H and 215/55R17 XL 98H for the VW Caddy 5, and in 225/55R17 97V for the Seat Ateca and Skoda Karoq. The new tyre replaces the GitiSynergyE1 and GitiPremiumH1, both of which were part of the original Giti brand launch into Europe in 2016. It was designed and engineered at Giti Tire’s European Research & Development Centre in Hannover, with testing at the company’s MIRA facility in the UK as well as key locations in Germany and Spain.
While the new tyre is designed for European drivers, the GitiSynergyH2 will not be available immediately in Tyrepress’s domestic market in the UK. Giti Tire’s eponymous brand is currently active in the UK’s commercial vehicle tyre segment, but only a small selection of its car, SUV and light truck range is available in the country, largely in fitments not covered by Giti Tire’s established GT Radial brand.
GitiSynergy H2 characteristics
Giti says the tyre is its first for the European market to utilise the AdvanZtech technology platform, the manufacturer’s globally integrated, company-wide R&D system. The platform is designed to boost the sharing and utilisation of specialised and advanced technology to create tyres which enhance the overall driving experience.
The results are a completely new tread compound that delivers a 7 per cent improvement in wet braking, a 5 per cent enhancement in dry handling, and a 3 per cent increase in dry braking, Giti says. The new tread pattern layout provides precise and stable handling behaviour and a 4 per cent improvement in aquaplaning resistance, it adds.
Giti says the new tyre features higher mileage potential too. Depending on driving characteristics, motorists could improve longevity by almost 20 per cent versus the predecessor tyre, while the new lightweight carcass delivers low rolling resistance which improves fuel efficiency.
Fabio Pecci-Boriani, senior product manager PCR, SUV, Light Truck for Giti Tire (Europe) said: “The AdvanZtech technology platform has transformed our tyre development potential as it allows us to pull on the technical expertise of over 900 experienced Giti R&D personnel anywhere in the world, and harness that knowledge into the latest launches.
“This is evident in the GitiSynergyH2 where we have made significant advancements in wet performance while in parallel improving the mileage potential, two measurements which often have a negative effect on each other during the development phase.
“The technical and material modifications we have bought into the GitiSynergyH2 make it a truly great proposition.”