Latest SUV Tyre Technology

Latest SUV Tyre Technology


If you spent as much time researching
tyres as you do when buying a car you would always choose Cooper Tyres. Cars
have come a long way since they were first invented they were hard to control
and didn’t even have brakes. Today cars are a lot safer and reliable then way
back then. ABS braking, airbags, traction control even seatbelts and air
conditioning are all improvements made over time that we now take for granted.
There is a massive difference among car brands and models and it comes down to
technology. Well just as with cars not all tyres are the same. They look similar
but there is a massive difference in technology and that matters. Your tyres
are the single most important safety feature on your vehicle. So take a closer
look at the difference the latest generation in tyre technology makes to
safety, stability, strength, performance and value for money. We’d like to help
you get more involved in choosing your next set of tyres. You can work out
whether a tyre has the latest generation technology by looking at three things.
The tread design, the way the tyre is built or its “carcass”, and the materials
used to build it – it’s compound. All you need to remember is TCC. That’s “Tread”
“Carcass” and “Compound”. Right now let’s look at tread designs for SUV and car
tyres. You wouldn’t wear hiking boots to the office and you wouldn’t wear high
heels to the beach. A tyre’s tread pattern works in the same way so it
makes sense to understand whether a tyre will be safe stable and represent value
for money. In a nutshell whether it suits the way you drive, the places you go, and
the value you’re looking for. So let’s take a closer look at the features of
tread design that represents the latest in tyre technology. Ever wonder what these tiny cuts are? They’re called sipes and they reduce slipping in
the wet. As a tread contacts the bitumen sipes expand and pump the water out
from under the tyres. You get more grip and a firm contact between the tread and
the road. Cooper’s latest generation sipes are
thinner and have an interlocking mechanism.
It’s called “Micro Gauge 3D Sipe”. The benefit of the thinner sipe is that it
can be cut deeper into the tread block giving grip all the way through its life,
not just the first twenty or thirty thousand kilometers this locking
mechanism prevents a tread block from twisting and helps keep the sipe open.
Increase in stability and performance – the 3D Micro Gauge Sipe. Another Cooper
SUV innovation is “Stabiledge”. With today’s SUVs requiring high ride
stability Cooper strategically placed these bumpers in the tread blocks to keep
the tread open and stable for maximum traction and precise handling. And then
there’s this the Cooper “Wear Square”. A tread life gauge built right into the
tyre that everyone can see. The square changes shape as the tyres wear making
it’s easy to identify alignment issues or when you need new tyres.
It means you decide when it’s time to realign rotate or replace your tyres. It’s confidence in safety you can see as well as value because when you take a
closer look at how far your dollar takes you on Cooper tyres, you’ll see how many
extra kilometers you get for free. Right now let’s look at carcass construction
for SUV and car tyres. When you build a house you make sure the foundations are strong and suitable for the construction that’s going on top. It’s the same with
tyres, you might be surprised to learn that while the tread is critical it’s
the carcass that accounts for up to 70% of the tyres performance. What you can’t
see under the tread is a foundation that the tread sits on. The layers of rubber
based compounds steel and polyester cords all joined to the sidewall which
has its own construction elements. It all comes together to form the carcass of the tyre. It’s the strength of the carcass that keeps the tyre that firmly and squarely
on the road and running balanced and true. so what represents the latest generation
carcass construction for SUV? One of the great benefits of the modern
SUV is a higher ride that gives you a better view of the road. So you want a
tyre that responds to this higher center of gravity and stability is critical to
that response so Cooper developed “R-Tech” that stands for response technology.
It works in two ways the bead runs around the inside the tyre right here.
The cooper extends the bead filler to reinforce the sidewall. The fillers
strengthens carcass construction and improves lateral stability for safer
handling. It gives you a faster steering response and more controlled and
emergency like sudden evasive lane changing. Cooper also adds a variable
layer of nylon over the steel belts to ensure a comfortable ride so you get the
stability needed for your high riding SUV. That’s R-Tech. Stability, safety,
performance and peace of mind for SUV drivers. Right now, let’s look at tyre compounds. The mix or recipe of ingredients that determines the tyres grip and wear characteristics. There’s a lot of technology and chemistry that
goes into Cooper’s latest generation rubber compound. It’s like each tyre has
its own magic recipe and getting this formula right is something of an art.
Plastic comes from the same basic ingredient we’ve all experienced that
the quality of plastic can differ dramatically. Some are cheap and brittle
and break easily and some are more durable, stronger and more flexible. They
look the same but they’re certainly not it’s the same with tyres. Cooper have been
developing leading compounds for over a century making tyres renowned for safety,
stability, strength and performance. Today Cooper uses this amazing ingredient
called silica. Used properly coupled silica works like this. Like a Cooper
tyre this ball has high content silica while this ball is just like most other
brands with low or no silica at all. Without silica the plain rubber ball has
high rebound In the ball with high silica the rebound
is reduced. In a tyre that simply means more contact with the ground less bounce
less friction better grip and more mileage. Now many other brands claim to
use silica but if it’s not chemically infused coupled silica mixed with other
materials in a certain way to these benefits just aren’t delivered. The magic
lies in how it’s added. That’s what makes the greatest difference.
Imagine baking a cake with chocolate chips that don’t melt or blend and
become part of the mixture. You’re going to end up with a lumpy cake with
occasional chocolate taste compare that to a cake made with
chocolate chips all melted together. You get a uniform taste with every bite…”Mmm”. In building tyres with all the benefits of silica This latest generation mixing
process is known as “Coupled Silica”. Cooper uses up to four times more coupled
silica throughout the range. The extra grip combined with Cooper’s strength
means more miles without sacrificing grip. For wet weather breaking or an
emergency lane change you’ll appreciate the extra grip of coupled silica and
remember your tyres are the single most important safety feature on your vehicle. With Cooper tyres you get the latest technology in “Tread Design”, “Carcass Construction” and “Compound Formula”. For strength safety, stability, performance
and value for money. Tested and proven in Australia with a
mileage warranty of up to 80,000 K’s you get a tyre designed to go the distance. And that’s what makes Cooper, tyres worth owning.

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