The new WinterContact TS 860
- Cool Chili ensures maximum braking performance in any wintry weather condition
- Liquid Layer Drainage reduces the braking distance on frost-covered and icy roads
- Snow Curve+ technology for safe cornering on snow-covered roads
An ace in all aspects
Maximum safety in any wintry weather condition for compact and mid-sized vehicles.
Cool Chili ensures maximum braking performance in any wintry weather condition.
The Maximum Traction Silica Compound of the newly developed Cool Chili technology ensures an excellent wet grip and therefore improves braking performance significantly. With its Winter Performance Resins and the Flexible Polymer Matrix, the WinterContact TS 860 stays flexible in any winter weather and transfers the braking forces safely onto wet, icy and snow-covered roads.
Liquid Layer Drainage reduces the braking distance on frost-covered and icy roads.
The Multi Channel Sipe Design, a new complex sipe channel system, helps to constantly dewater the tyre’s contact surface for an improved braking performance on icy and frost-covered roads. The vertical channels of the sipes support the drainage of the water in the horizontal channels. The horizontal channels then drain water into the main groove tread. Thus, Liquid Layer Drainage eliminates the danger of deteriorated braking performance caused by melting water – the liquid layer between the tyre and the ice simply gets removed from the contact surface. This results in outstanding braking performance, helping you to come to a stop faster.
Snow Curve+ technology for safe cornering on snow-covered roads.
The new WinterContact TS 860 grip-enhanced 3D Groove Structure strengthens the interlocking of the tyre with snow-covered roads – especially when cornering. The snow does not only get compressed in the main tread groove but also in the tyre’s overall grip-enhanced grooved wall structure – at more than 1,000 spots all over the profile. This Snow+ Curve+ technology enables the tyre to transmit higher lateral forces and thereby provide a better overall grip while cornering.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union, under CE 1222/2009, has mandated that all tyres manufactured after the date of July 1 2012 for cars and commercial vehicles include standard EU Tyre Labels classifying them by three performance characteristics:fuel efficiency classified from A to G,wet grip classified from A to G, and noise emission in decibels.
Categories of tyres unaffected by this regulation include: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing/sports car tyres, as well as certain types of tyres designed to improve traction such as studded tyres, T-type temporary spare tyres, tyres for cars built before 1990, tyres with a maximum allowed speed of 80km/h, tyres for rims with a diameter less or equal to 254 mm or greater or equal to 635 mm.
This label is intended on one hand to promote economic and ecological efficiency in traffic, as well as increase road safety, and on the other hand to help consumers select appropriate tyres by ensuring a certain degree of product transparency.
Nevertheless, the label has been criticized for only showing a very limited number of characteristics. Professionals argue that tyres have many more features that are important and relevant to road safety, including but not limited to aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, product properties on wet and dry roads other than wet grip, properties on snow.
Tyre manufacturers suggest that the test results from various institutions and industry magazines should remain a very important source of information for the end consumer, because they focus on and rate a wide variety of tyre properties and features.