By Denna Bowman
Tyre manufacturer Falken has announced the launch of the latest tyres in its winter range featuring a new tread pattern.
Falken claims that the new Eurowinter HS449 tyres provide improved handling in wet and icy conditions, as well as better drive stability and braking.
In addition, the firm claims its new tread pattern also makes the tyre quieter than previous models, helping to boost all-round comfort for drivers.
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 percent (compared to the predecessor model HS439).
A higher concentration of polymer in the tread compound enhances stability, delivering an increase of 13 percent 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 percent 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.
Falken has also lowered tyre noise by incorporating five-phase shifted tread bars.
Following a rigorous testing programme in Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, the tyre will be available in the UK market from September.