Falken has released details of its all-new Eurowinter HS449 winter tyre, ahead of its launch next month.
Boasting 10 significant product improvements over the previous HS439, the new Falken incorporates tread, compound and construction changes to improve wet braking, stability and noise.
The tyre has undergone a rigorous testing programme in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island.
Cold weather tyre compounds typically contain silica helping the tyre to be more flexible at low temperatures (below 7˚C). For the Eurowinter HS449, Falken’s engineers have increased the proportion of silica to improve braking on wet surfaces by 11% (compared to the predecessor model HS439).
A higher concentration of polymer in the tread compound enhances stability, delivering an increase of 13% over the HS439.
Whilst relevant for all cold weather scenarios, Falken has made strides to ensure braking is particularly improved on snow. In such conditions, the 45% increase in tread coverage is designed to improve stopping distances.
The novel three-dimensional zig-zag lamellar structure was chosen to boost grip on snow and ice, whilst three dimensional fins optimise even wear of the tyre. Though not a prime consideration for many customers, Falken has lowered tyre noise by incorporating five-phase shifted tread bars.
The Eurowinter HS449 is the fifth new tyre introduced by Falken to the UK market this year, and will be available initially in 57 different sizes. A further 32 sizes will be offered from January next year.
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