Revolutionary technology that ensures better grip on snow and ice, stability on wet and dry roads, more comfort than tiring drive. The 3D-BIS Technology(3D-Block Interlocking System) acts by locking all block elements together to improve and maintain the stability and tread stiffness, also allowing the number of sipes to increase for more grip on icy and snowy roads.
The Falken innovative technology with Cutting-Edge Simulation accelerates the development of new tyre materials which result in new high-performance tyres. The 4D-Nano Design combines "Research," "Prediction," "Production" and "Extraction" technologies which unlock the performance of the materials in the new high-performance tyre at a nano scale, thereby enabling engineers to utilize the full hidden potential of each material.
The Falken High-Pressure Tread Design technology is a new concept that improves the footprint of the tyre, distributing the pressure evenly throughout the contact patch. With this technology the broader footprint enhances the grip and driving performance, increasing braking and direction stability performance, and ensuring that the tyre wear pattern is even.
Technology that enables driver to easy maneuver tight turns. This is being done by outside tread grip increase while inner tyre grip decreases dramatically. A layer of a high strength material that features added durability and toughness, named Armid helps to improve the pressure distribution on the contact patch, providing more grip.
Innovative 3-dimensional block design that increases the contact area during brake. Advantage of this technology is a shorter braking distance on dry and wet roads.
We recommend fitting four of the same tyres, so that the tyres can deliver optimal performance.Please note: Tyres with this marking can also be used with other vehicles.
“Black Chilli” is a special rubber composition from Continental with racing carbon blacks, resin and nanoparticles. It improves the versatility of the tread on the roadway and increases the stability and traction of the tyre. When braking, the powerful vibrations of the tyre are converted into heat through short-chain polymers in the tread, which enables better grip on the road and shorter braking distances. At constant speed, the vibrations are smaller, and long-chain polymers ensure that the energy is dissipated outwards. The tyres remain cooler, and the lower roll resistance increases the mileage.
BluEarth is a technology that delivers driving pleasure, protects the environment and is socially friendly. BluEarth technology can be found in all Yokohama BluEarth pattern series. This technology adds the value to the tyres by Fuel Saving and Environmental Friendly.
We recommend fitting four of the same tyres, so that the tyres can deliver optimal performance.Please note: The tyres can also be used on other vehicles.
Falken Technology that boosts the durability of the tyre. Dimples on the sidewall increase the efficiency and heat dissipation in run-flat mode, reducing the thickness at specific points, thereby increasing the surface area and boosting the air circulation. It is the ideal combination of modern designs and tyre functionality.
DriveGuard - It's a tyre with a reinforced sidewall from Bridgestone tire manufacturer. Additionally, the tyre has a special design that keeps the friction as low as possible with a defect and thus restrains the heat. The tyres, which are made with this technology, you can drive up to 50 miles distance up to 50 mph even if the pressure would be lost (eg, due to the nail.)
The foam-in-tyre technology developed by Dunlop uses a foam ring inside the tyre. This reduces road noise significantly, without negatively affecting mileage, rolling resistance or high speed stability.
Lightweight carcass combined with an advanced polymer resulting less use of energy when unwinding, lower costs of fuel and CO2 emissions.
HelioCompound is a rubber compound for winter tyres patented by Michelin. In addition to silica, as special protection it contains sunflower oil, which enables the material to remain supple and flexible at low temperatures. The goal of the HelioCompound technology is to improve the tyre grip and to shorten the braking distance even in conditions with moisture, snow or ice.
Interact Technology delivers high performance in all road conditions. The Multi-Zone Tension Technology in Interact tread patterns offers adaptive mileage, grip, and handling on every type of road.
Internal Sipe Locking Technology (ISLT) is a technology from Vredestein for improving tread stability in tyres with lamellae. Through tread structure in the spaces between the lamellae, the lamellae bite into each other when under strain and give each other support. The minimisation of the lamela distortion sabilises the tread bars and thus the tread. Through lamellae, ISLT combines the benefit of good road grip with better handling and higher steering precision.
With Michelin tires, K1, K2, and K3 represent Ferrari and Maserati specifications – these tyres are developed and produced according to certain specifications and requirements of the vehicle manufacturers. K1 and K2 feature new rubber compounds and modern tread patterns; these should not be mounted together with older tread patterns.Note: These tires can also be employed on other vehicles.
With Pirelli tires, the abbreviations stand for:
Technical designation K1: Designation for various tread pattern
Technical designation K2: Designation for various tread pattern
Technical designation KA: Designation for various dimension/size
Michelin Acoustic Technology (MAT) reduces vibration in the interior cavity of the tire, thereby limiting the volume of rolling noise. Inside the tire is a special polyurethane foam which can reduce noise levels by up to 20%, depending on the vehicle.
A new Toyo method of incorporating active polymers into the tire, along with an improved silica compound mixture, helps reduce rolling resistance and heat generation for improved wet adhesion.
This new technology from Nexen was developed using oil derived from natural, sustainable substances instead of fossil fuels. During processing, it is mixed with silica oil to reduce its viscosity and to improve both machinability and dispersibility. This technology makes the tyre eco-friendly and fuel-efficient, with improved snow and ice performance.
Falken’s high-end production technology with advanced tyre architecture, combining innovative materials and perfecting tyre shape uniformity. It enhances comfort and improves the performance by reducing tyre weight and rolling resistance.
Aramid is a polymer plastic, characterised by its high durability. Tyres with Nokian Sidewall technology are highly resistantto damage and abrasion. Compared to conventional tyres, Nokian Sidewall technology tyres have sturdier sidewalls which reduce the impact of bumps and save the tyre, the rim and the vehicle.
The curved, ramp-like design of the tread blocks on the inner shoulder guides and accelerates the flow of water from the longitudinal grooves into the transverse grooves. The excellent aquaplaning prevention properties are retained even as the tyre wears down.
Orange Oil is the technology that delivers fuel efficient and high performance driving for sports cars. It also solves the grip on low rolling resistance. Orange Oil comes from the orange peel and this keeps the rubber tyre compound soft and flexible. It makes the tires work in cold and wet conditions where the rubber normally loses grip.
This special characteristic offers the exclusive possibility to personalize your Pirelli tyre within the range of 4 different colours in order to make your care unique. The 4 colours available for this special edition are: Red, Silver, White, Yellow.
PNCS - Pirelli Noise Cancelling System. These tyres are designed to be as quiet as possible. PNCS Tyresare fitted as original equipment in some Audi and Range Rover cars.
"Professional Off-Road" abbreviation: tyres for commercial traffic use. POR tyres are specially designed for bad rolling conditions or for deteriorated roads conditions. Information: POR tyres do not have EU labels as they do not meet the tyre EU labeling directives.
POR is an abbreviation for Professional-Off-Road: Tyres for commercial use. The tyres are designed especially for poor roadconditions. Please note: POR Tyres do not have an EU-Label, as they do not conform with EU tyre label guidelines.
Unique marking that visually shows the need to replace the tire by changing from “Replacement Tire Monitor” to “Replace Tire” based on tread wear.
Under the term “Ridge N Flex”, Michelin combines three innovations for winter tyres which together should offer maximum grip and steering precision. The tread is furnished with numerous profile edges (Maxi Edge) arranged at various angles (0°, 15°, 30°, 40°, -25°), which enable strong dovetailing with the ground. Specially designed, self-blocking lamellae (StabiliGrip) stabilise the tread bars and improve steering precision. And the rubber compound (HelioCompound) furnished with silica and sunflower oil remains supple and flexible even at low temperatures and improves grip on winter roads.
The rim protection on a tyre consists of a rubber strip which runs along the ridge on the outer sidewall. It protrudes somewhat over the edge of the rim and thus protects the rim e.g. when the tyre comes in contact with the kerb. Depending on the design and the tyre-rim combination being used, the rubber strip can also protect the sensitive sidewall from being damaged. The protective function is effective at low speeds, for example when parking. If the rubber strip is badly damaged or if parts of it are torn or broken off, the tyre should be checked for additional damage. Many tyre manufacturers use their own designations and abbreviations. The use of a rubber strip as rim protection is neveltheless the same for all of them. Common designations are: rim protection strip (FSL, FL, ML, MFS, MFSL), rim rib (FR), rim protection bar (RPB), fringe protector (FP).
“Rockproof” is a summer tyre from Nokian for light trucks and SUVs which are developed for use in difficult conditions, e.g. in forests, quarries, mining regions, on gravel roads. The high cut resistance of the rubber compound and increased thickness of the upper sidewalls should ensure robustness and a long tyre lifespan. Additionally, “Aramid Sidewall Technology” is employed: Aramid fibres manufactured from polymer plastic, also used in e.g. the security sector and the aeroplane industry due to their high rigidity, strengthen the sidewalls for protection against bumps and cuts. Tread bar supports and stone deflectors in the groves are additional measures for improving stability and safety and preventing tyre damage.
The Sealguard technology developed by Hankook, self-seals punctures of up to 5mm on the running surface. The tyre is protected from so many causes of punctures that, as per Hankook, it it not necessary to have an additional spare tyre. The technology is used in the Hankook Ventus Prime2 Sealguard and is fitted as original equipment in many Volkswagen models.
Self Seal Technology refers to tyres which can re-seal themselves in the event of damage, e.g. by a nail puncture. The tyre contains a special polymer coating which, in the event of a puncture, embeds itself in the damaged area of the running surface, sealing the hole. However, the tyre should be replaced as soon as possible.
Self Seal Technology is available from Pirelli (Seal Inside), Michelin (SelfSeal), Continental, (ContiSeal), Hankook (Sealguard), Bridgestone (Driveguard), and other manufacturers, in specific tread patterns.
Latest technology innovation for SUV drives that gives a strong and tough tyre combined with comfortable, quite and performance of a car. The super absorbent layer between the tyre tread and underlying belts provides a smooth and quite riding experience.
This feature prevents air loss from the tyre if it is penetrated by a foreign object; if the object is then dislodged, the tyre seals itself. This is done by means of a sticky layer located in the inner liner area. Nexen SmartSeal technology seals punctures less than 5mm in diameter in the tread area.
This unique technology consists of slats with locking bar in the upper area, high slat density and flexible profile blocks. This features excellent braking performance on snowy roads.
Tyres with Hankook’s patented “Sound Absorber” technology are fitted with lightweight foam sheets on the inside of the tyre. During driving they reduce the air vibrations in the tyre which can cause an unpleasant droning at certain speeds. With “Sound Absorber” technology, peak noise levels inside the car should be noticeably reduced.
Containing a noise absorbing foam attached to the innerliner of the tyre, this technology reduces vehicle noise up to 4db(A), featuring a light and durable solution, maintained over the entyre life of the tyre.
Stabiligrip is a winter tyre technology from Michelin which aims to achieve more grip and steering precision through the optimisation of the lamella design. The treads contain a multitude of three-dimensional, self-blocking lamellae, which reach up to the base of the tread, and are arranged at various angles. They stabilise the tread bars and create a large number of gripping edges, which lock into the ground. StabiliGrip Lamellae improve the ability to penetrate the water film, and thus ensure more contact with the road.
The TOP(Tread Optimal Performance) Indicator Technology helps users to know whether the profile is still adequate for winter conditions. Tyre profile depth can be easy evaluate without auxiliary tools.
This system incorporates the same principles as RunFlat technology, but this new Nexen technology has added benefits: URS uses Profiled Insert design to disperse the internal stress and filler design, Intensified Insert and Bead, which disperse the internal stress on the flexing parts. Benefits of this new technology include optimal vulcanizing and declining prevention of physical properties.
In order to make the wear on a tyre visible, manufacturers equip their product with various optical markings. Small rubber bars in the tread grooves or coloured strips, numbers and symbols on the tread show the level of wear. After wear these markings disappear or become visible. The abrasion indicators give information not only on the actual tread depth, but also on the remaining performance, and thus the safety of a tyre regardless of the legal minimum requirements: Thus the disappearance of a water drop marking on a summer tyre means an increased danger of aquaplaning. And winter tyres lose their winter suitability and should be replaced as soon as the ice crystal marking on the tread is no longer visible. Aside from that, abrasion indicators can indicate wear on one side. Most show symbols, signs and abbreviations on the tyre shoulder, where the wear indicators are found in the tread. In addition to the standard abbreviation “TWI” (Tread Wear Indicator), manufacturers also use their own designations for their wear indicators, for example DSI = Driving Safety Indicator, WSI = Winter Safety Indicator, VAI = Visual Alignment Indicator.
The two rubber mixtures in the tread provides optimal balance of wet grip and rolling resistance over the entyre tyre life. This results in a shorter braking distance in wet conditions and less fuel consumption.
Runflat tyres with XRP technology by Kumho Tyres are equipped with reinforced sidewalls. In the case of a puncture, they can carry the weight of the vehicle even without any air. Also, if there is a pressure loss they prevent the side of the tyre from being pinched between the road and the rim or slippage of the tyre into the rim well. The self-supporting side walls of the tyre enable continued driving up to a maximum speed of 80 km/h for a distance of up to 80 kilometres. This removes the need to change a wheel in a dangerous location. A further advantage of the Kumho Tyre is a weight reduction through not carrying a spare wheel and the resulting reduction in fuel consumption. This also increases the useable boot space. A prerequisite for using Runflat tyres is a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).