The UHP tyre
Ready on all fronts: optimized for both wet and dry conditions. The circumferential and lateral grooves combined with the latest modern silica tread compound maximizes water drainage and optimizes grip of the contact patch making the ProTech II highly aquaplaning resistant. For outstanding wet performance without compromising on dry capabilities!
Asymmetric tread pattern design with modern Silica tread compound, characterised by a combination of stiff shoulder blocks and two circumferential ribs outside and strong blocks with numerous edges and sipes (Special Sipes systems) inside.
- Effects: Optimal ground contact on wet and dry roads
- Benefits: Excellent handling and braking on dry and wet roads. Flat contour
- Effects: Even wear result
- Benefits: High mileage capability
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.