Goodyear's new Ultra Grip Max winter tyre has passed 3PMSF (Three Peaks Mountain Snow Flake) winter homologation tests with flying colours thanks to a new innovative tread compound and pattern design.
A winter tyre is most effective when its tread design is at its deepest. With the new Ultra Grip Max, Goodyear seems to have addressed this issue. Thanks to a new innovative tread compound and pattern design, the American tyre manufacturer says that its tyre passes 3PMSF (Three Peaks Mountain Snow Flake) winter homologation tests even when half worn, and offers up to 40% more grip than the Goodyear Ultra Grip WTD it replaces. Available for three axles, steer, drive and trailer, the Goodyear Ultra Grip Max also claims it can deliver up to 15 % more miles than the previous generation.
According to Goodyear, this tyre has been designed to address the needs of fleet operators for whom, 68 % say that this type of tyre can help optimise their business in winter, whereas snow traction ability was the most important performance criteria for 50 % of them.
To achieve these results, Goodyear has developed two new technologies: IntelliMax Block and IntelliMax Edge. The first features longitudinal, diamond shaped blocks with variable depth and contoured sipes that distribute the force and ensure optimum grip on slippery surfaces. The second features tapered, stepped grooved angles on the edges of these blocks which work as biting edges. The Ultra Grip Max tread pattern also adapts to the constraints imposed by the type of axle it is designed for.
Goodyear has also announced that its new winter tyre is already available as original equipment for Krone, likewise for DAF. A hot retreaded version, the TreadMaxUltra Grip Max, with the same tread compound and patterns as the new tyre is also available.