Run-flat tyres used to have a reputation for being noisy and uncomfortable, but not any more as they cruise into the luxury car market.
Rolls Royce, manufacture of some of the world’s most comfortable cars, will equip its Phanton with the UltraGrip Performance 2 tyres in size 255/50 R 21 106H ROF *RSC for the coming winter season.
Goodyear claim this latest contract to fit Goodyear RunOnFlat as original equipment puts paid to the claims that the tyres spoil a vehicle’s ride comfort.
“The secret is that they, compared with normal tyres, have reinforced sidewalls,” comments Goodyear’s Holder Rehberg.
“These ensure that a RunOnFlat tyre offers safe driving even after a complete loss of pressure following a puncture.
“After more than 15 years’ experience with RunOnFlat tyres, Goodyear is able to combine stability together with comfort. The release of the Rolls Royce is evidence of this, and this event fills us with pride.”
Goodyear recently announced that its new generation of RunOnFlat tyres has been chosen as an OE fitting on the new Mercedes E-Class, which has just recently rolled out of the factories.
Goodyear states that the latest generation tyre offers numerous benefits to car makers, consumers and the environment.
The tyre manufacturer claims its latest product offers improved comfort, reduced mass and rolling resistance, improved fuel consumption and consequently reduced CO2 emission levels.
Goodyear also suggests that the tyre is comparable to regular tyres in terms of comfort and insists that car manufacturers do not need to modify the suspension or chassis of their cars to use them.
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team