Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is a non-studded Nordic tyre that offers drivers peace of mind in harsh winter conditions. Maintaining a careful balance between safety and comfort, it offers a controlled, quiet and enjoyable ride in a range of winter conditions.
The Hakkapeliitta R3's steering is precise and responsive, and it provides excellent lateral grip. These characteristics are essential for winter safety when cornering and changing direction.
Nokian's Arctic Sense Grip concept is responsible for the Hakkapeliitta R3's excellent winter grip, as well as its precise handling.
This concept involves sipes that are computer-optimised and strategically positioned. They work effectively to offer relentless grip in all weather conditions, including ice, snow and extreme cold.
In addition to this, block sipes stiffen the tyre's centre rib and comb sipes stiffen the tread blocks on the tyre’s shoulders. The closely bound-together tread blocks allow for excellent driving stability at high speeds, while the comb sipes help to further improve the tyre's overall steering response.
High-volume pump sipes, an innovative new technology patented by Nokian, also populate the centre area and the outer edges of the Hakkapeliitta R3. They efficiently remove water from between the tyre and the road surface, boosting its grip, especially on wet and icy roads.
Also aiding the tyre's wet grip are zigzag sipes. They are wide, deep and sharp to provide the grip needed in extremely slippery weather and in deep snow.
The Hakkapeliitta R3's aggressive tread design, with a heavily grooved surface and open block gaps in the shoulder, gives it excellent self-cleaning characteristics in snow and slush.
Multi-faceted snow claws also sit between the Hakkapeliitta R3's tread blocks and shoulder areas. They create balanced ice and snow grip, especially during acceleration and braking.
A high-quality winter tyre requires the right combination of compound, tread pattern and structure. The new generation rubber compound used by the Hakkapeliitta R3 aids grip on ice, snow and wet roads, as well as improving resistance to wear.
Nokian has added Cryo Crystal 3 grip particles to the compound to optimise the tyre's lateral and longitudinal grip, particularly in icy conditions. Made of renewable bio-material, the microscopic crystals work like built-in studs. They create sharp, tough grip edges inside the rubber that grab onto the driving surface. As the tyre wears down, they come up and activate a grip reserve.
Generally, non-studded Nordic tyres achieve lower ratings for rolling resistance. However, due to its modern tread model and state-of-the-art compound, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 displays minimal rolling resistance. In fact, its rolling resistance is reduced by around 5% when compared to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2. Furthermore, internal testing has shown that cars using the Hakkapeliitta R3 consume 2% less fuel when compared to those fitted with other premium winter tyres.
Research and development
Nokian's customer research shows that those who purchase non-studded winter tyres value reliable grip and handling on ice, snow and wet roads above anything else. Good driving comfort was also very important. That is why Nokian developed the Hakkapeliitta R3, the tyre to which they have given the slogan, "Northern Comfort."
The development of the Hakkapeliitta R3 involved nearly 4 years of development and over 100,000 kilometres of testing. In addition to exhaustive laboratory and indoor testing, Nokian also utilised computer modelling and high-speed cameras. What's more, the Hakkapeliitta R3 was carefully adjusted for extreme winter conditions at Nokian's “White Hell” Testing Center in Ivalo, north of the Arctic Circle.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Features
- Excellent grip and controlled handling
- Maximum driving comfort
- Increased fuel economy
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Images
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 Sizes
The Hakkapeliitta R3 has an extensive size selection of 68 products, for rims from 14 to 21 inches.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 is also available for SUVs. Designed for high-performance sport utility vehicles, it provides excellent stability and an enjoyable driving experience. Nokian describes its tyre as "exuding an air of efficient power."
Uncompromising in its winter grip, the Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV offers ease of handling to make driving more enjoyable. Rolling with a natural fluency, its road contact remains stable when accelerating in ice and cornering at speed on wet roads.
The Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV utilises the company's Aramid Sidewall technology. This technology, which is a feature of all of Nokian's SUV tyres, uses Aramid fibres to strengthen the tyre’s sidewalls and make them more resistant to outside impacts and cuts. These Aramid staple fibers are so strong that they are also used in bulletproof vests. This technology provides much-needed durability and protection for the often intense driving demands placed on SUVs.
Nokian's innovations are always centered on safe driving in demanding conditions, which makes them an excellent choice of winter tyre for your SUV.
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV Features
- Excellent grip and stable handling on snow and ice
- Aramid reinforced sidewalls for extraordinary durability
- Comfortable and enjoyable ride
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV Images
Nokian Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV Sizes
The Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV has a broad size selection of 63 products for rim diameters of 16 to 21 inches. Most of the sizes are suitable for the highest possible load capacity (XL specification).
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