Goodyear launched FUELMAX PERFORMANCE - its most fuel-efficient tyre range to date - at IAA Commercial Vehicles 2018.
New Range of Fuel Efficient Tyres from Goodyear
The new tyres, which are the first Goodyear truck tyres to feature full silica tread compound technology, achieve EU tyre label grade ‘A’ for fuel efficiency and meet full Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) winter tyre requirements. These tyres can enable dedicated long haul-fleets to optimise fuel savings and assist truck makers to meet increasingly ambitious EU CO2 targets.
The Goodyear FUELMAX PERFORMANCE range comprises two sizes of FUELMAX S PERFORMANCE steer tyres and one FUELMAX D PERFORMANCE drive tyre.
The FUELMAX S PERFORMANCE is a steer tyre developed for optimal fuel efficiency with low heat generation and low rolling resistance for long haul highway applications. ‘A’ grade EU Label Fuel Efficiency and 3PMSF winter performance are significant features of this tyre, which is available in the two most popular sizes - 315/70R22.5 and 385/55R22.5.
The FUELMAX S PERFORMANCE steer tyre treads feature five ribs on size 315/70R22.5 and six ribs on size 385/55R22.5 to achieve the high levels of performance met by these tyres.
On both tyres, the tread grooves are optimised for water distribution and regular wear. The full rib pattern is maintained until tread life end and the deep sipes ensure that wet braking performance is maintained well into the life of the tyre. This siping depth also contributes to the tyres’ 3PMSF compliance as well as maintaining grip.
The technology used in the construction of these tyres ensures extremely regular footprint pressure distribution across the tread surface. This provides for regular wear and high mileage under all load conditions encountered in long haul service.
An RFID tag is embedded inside each tyre. This allows simple identification by an external device that links to a tyre management system.
Both FUELMAX S PERFORMANCE steer tyre sizes achieve EU Tyre Label Grade ‘A’ for Fuel Efficiency, Grade ‘B’ for Wet Grip and a single wave indicating low exterior noise level of 71 dB.
These tyres all meet full Three Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) winter tyre compliance.
The FUELMAX D PERFORMANCE is a drive tyre developed for optimal fuel efficiency with low heat generation and low rolling resistance in long haul highway applications. Like the steer version, this tyre has ‘A’ grade EU Label Fuel Efficiency and 3PMSF winter performance.
Like the steer versions, the tread of the FUELMAX D also has a full silica tread compound for low fuel consumption combined with high levels of wet grip.
IntelliMax Groove Technology is a key feature of the drive tyre ensuring high levels of traction are maintained well into the tyre’s life. Open tread shoulders assist traction and cleaning, and regular footprint pressure gives long life.
IntelliMax Groove Technology comprises ‘hidden’ grooves that are moulded into the tread during manufacture. As the tread wears towards 60% of its original depth, the ‘hidden’ grooves gradually appear ensuring that an effective tread pattern remains throughout the tyres’ service life. This ensures a high level of traction, and that water is efficiently evacuated, while maintaining a low rolling resistance.
The tread further features 16 measuring windows placed either side of the centre ribs providing full depth visibility at any position around the tyre and making tyre inspection more efficient.
The technology used in the construction of these tyres ensures extremely regular footprint pressure distribution across the tread surface. This provides for regular wear and high mileage under the load conditions regularly encountered in typical long-haul service.
The FUELMAX D PERFORMANCE drive tyre achieves EU Tyre Label Grade ‘A' for Fuel Efficiency, Grade ‘B’ for Wet Grip and a single wave indicating low exterior noise level of 73 dB.
"Tyres are crucial for sustainable mobility and are core components of vehicle performance. The new Goodyear FUELMAX PERFORMANCE tyres demonstrate our understanding of the challenges and opportunities that environmental objectives pose for our customers. They further show our commitment to supporting OEMs and fleets in achieving those objectives and reducing costs," said David Anckaert, Vice President Goodyear Commercial Tires Europe. “Tyres are only part of the wider picture. Goodyear Proactive Solutions and other tyre-related services that we offer are key to optimizing tyres’ full potential to further improve profits and reduce emissions.”