Falken tyres has created a run-flat version of its popular ZIEX ZE914 Ecorun tyre which will be available this summer in sizes suitable for the BMW 1, 2 and 5 Series.
Suitable for cars specified to be fitted with run-flat tyres, the new tyre retains the excellent rolling resistance and wet weather characteristics of its standard variant and adds the security and convenience of being capable to run for at least 80km at 80km/h at zero pressure, according to Falken tyres.
Isamu Ishida, Managing Director of Falken Tyre Europe GmbH, commented: “Run-Flat technology offers consumers the ability to complete a journey or to reach a safe and convenient location to replace a tyre.
“Our technologies, such as the dimples, protect the tyre when it is under great stress, extending its life and convenience.”
To achieve the levels of durability, Falken tyres engineers in Japan specified a number of innovations. Most notable is the inclusion of dimples in the sidewalls. These indentations help to dissipate heat more evenly, allowing the tyre life to be extended by 17 percent when running at zero pressure.
The change to a run-flat variant has enabled Falken to tweak the tread pattern design for better performance. Reinforcing the already strong wet weather capability, Falken has widened both the lateral grooves and longitudinal grooves to improve resistance to aquaplaning. A stiffer outer shoulder provides enhanced cornering performance in dry conditions
The first ZIEX ZE914 Ecorun run-flat will be available from this summer, starting with 225/50RF17 94W and 225/45RF17 91W sizes suitable for BMW 1, 3 and 5 Series.
Denna Bowman, Head Office