By Denna Bowman
Goodyear Dunlop is set to showcase its first concept passenger car tyres to achieve A-grades in both rolling resistance and wet grip on the new EU tyre label.
The two concept tyres, the Goodyear EfficientGrip AA edition and the Dunlop Sport BluResponse AA will be on display at Reifen 2012, the international tyre fair, in Essen, Germany, next week.
The tyres, which are not available for sale yet, achieved the highest possible grade ‘A’ on wet grip with its new AA concept tyres as well as a top mark ‘A’ in fuel efficiency.
The tyre will also achieve what the company describe as “good” results in the third criteria of the new EU Tyre Label, exterior noise, according to Tyres and Accessories.
Goodyear Dunlop’s long-term goal is to apply these new breakthrough tyre technologies and compounds to the company’s top green product lines – the Goodyear EfficientGrip and the Dunlop Sport BluResponse.
Jean-Pierre Jeusette, Director Goodyear Innovation Center in Luxembourg, confirmed: “We are proud to announce that we have achieved a major breakthrough in tyre technology that leads to both – significantly less fuel consumption and better wet braking performance.
“It’s extremely challenging to develop tyres that achieve top grading in all aspects of the EU Tyre Label keeping high levels of performance in all other relevant performance and safety related criteria such as dry braking and handling, high speed stability, mileage or aquaplaning.
“Our biggest challenge is now to work on the industrialisation of these new tyre technologies and sophisticated material mixes to make sure they can be produced on a large-scale.
“This still requires many more months of hard work for our engineers. Whatever specific tyre performance we try to improve, the goal is always a well-balanced tyre across Goodyear Dunlop’s full spectrum of performance criteria.”