By Denna Bowman
Reduced fuel consumption and lower rolling resistance are the hallmarks of the new Continental VancoEco tyres for light commercial vehicles.
The VancoEco tyres have been specially developed for vans such as the Mercedes Viano, Vito and Sprinter, Ford Transit and Volkswagen T5 and claim to deliver up to 30% less rolling resistance and a calculated four percent saving in fuel and emissions, than standard versions.
At the same time engineers have managed to cut the braking distances on both wet and dry road surfaces making the tyre more car-like in its performance, according to Continental.
It claims that the savings potential has been made possible by two design measures that together help reduce rolling resistance considerably. VancoEco features a new silica tread compound optimised for low rolling resistance.
In addition, the tread design has been changed so that deformation, which all tyres are subjected to when the tread elements make contact with the road surface, is reduced considerably. The two measures combined with a shallow tyre contour allow up to 30 percent less rolling resistance equates to a four per cent reduction in fuel consumption.
Tracey Hyem, Brand Manager Continental Tyres UK, said: “With the new Continental VancoEco we estimate that drivers can reduce their fuel consumption by around four percent with a regular, controlled driving style. In addition to this, the VancoEco range features a solid belt tread, which transfers steering commands precisely giving the driver total confidence in wet driving conditions or when the vehicle is fully loaded.”
The VancoEco range is currently available in 15″ and 16″ rim sizes in sizes to fit the Mercedes Vito and Viano and the Ford Transit. Further sizes will follow in 16″ and 17″ in 2011 to fit the Mercedes Sprinter, Volkswagen T5 and Renault Master vans.