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Firestone unveils its new winter tyre: the Winterhawk 3

New tyres Published the 23/09/2013 by John

Winter preparations are already underway at Firestone. The Winterhawk 2 gives way to the new Winterhawk 3 and as expected, performance improvements are announced.

Firestone Winterhawk 3 Firestone announces the market launch of its new performance optimised winter tyre: The Winterhawk 3 - Copyright © : Firestone

Now the summer break is over and temperatures are beginning to fall, it’s time to start thinking about winter and the equipment required for mountain driving. Firestone has probably chosen the best time to present its winter tyre: Only a few months before the cold winter weather sets in.

In the past, the Bridgestone owned American tyre manufacturer relied on the Winterhawk 2 Evo as its second line lamellen tyre for winter. It has finally been replaced by the Winterhawk 3, announced as providing increased efficiency in all important areas.


Firestone Winterhawk 3 sculptureCopyright © : Firestone

The tread has been redesigned to offer a constant tread depth and an increased number of blocks. For the sipe composition, new technological choices provide a significant gain in pure efficiency, especially for traction performance in powder and packed snow. Up to 9% more traction can be expected in these conditions. The tyre also delivers more grip on ice.

With its new tread design, the tyre can channel away 10% more water and snow than the tyre it replaces. But tyre wear is where the Winterhawk 3 has improved most: According to Firestone, this tyre offers a 30% longer tyre life than the Winterhawk 2 Evo.

It is also 6% lighter, energy efficiency is up by 2% and noise levels are said to be lower. The Winterhawk 3 is already available in 13 dimensions. By 2015, the range will expand to include 51 different dimensions.