FALKEN NEW WILDPEAK TYRE TAMES ON AND OFF ROAD TERRAINS







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: February 28, 2012
Categories: Falken, Tyres

Sfalkentreet tyre technology provides superior on road performance for new all-terrain tyre range suitable for VW Amarok, Jeep Patriot, Toyota Land Cruiser and Land Rover Defender

Offenbach, February 27th 2012: A new all terrain tyre that provides high levels of refinement and stability on road has been launched in Europe by Japanese tyre manufacturer FALKEN. Available from spring 2012, the Wildpeak WP/AT01 blends the operational performance of an off-road tyre whilst incorporating the construction and design features typically reserved for high performance road tyres.

The Wildpeak WP/AT01 marks the first time FALKEN has offered a true all terrain tyre in Europe and follows the successful US launch where a derivative of the Wildpeak won the 2011 Pikes Peak mixed surface hillclimb. “The Wildpeak is designed to appeal to off road vehicle owners requiring a single tyre to provide a safe, refined ride on the road yet still provide performance in a range of off road conditions,” says Yukio Yoshida, FALKEN’s European corporate planning director. “This is the first time FALKEN has sold an all terrain tyre in Europe specifically developed to fulfill the stringent requirements for off-road and utility vehicles. It continues our aggressive growth plan in Europe that saw us achieve record sales last year.”

To achieve an optimum on and off road ability, FALKEN’s engineers have used four multi-angled grooves to divert maximum amounts of mud and snow whilst the tread block edges have been formed to maximise traction and reduce clogging that typically occurs with all terrain tyres. The larger circumferential voids aid off camber traverses providing off road performance usually reserved for pure off road tyres. For on road safety, the open shoulder pattern design achieves effective water dispersion, resulting in excellent hydroplaning resistance, whilst phase-shifted tread bars reduce noise even at the higher speeds now achievable with off road vehicles. The Wildpeak’s design also satisfies the demand for a controlled and comfortable ride, with two stiff extra-wide steel belts providing stability on and off-road. Safety is further enhanced via a hard bead apex and a joint-less nylon band to stiffen sidewalls that minimizes the wallowing effect that can lead to great steering input that ultimately upsets the car balance.

To satisfy a large number of vehicle fitments, the Wildpeak is available from 15 to 18 inches with R, S, T and H speed ratings.

Example fitments include

215/60R17 Nissan X-Trail, Jeep Patriot
285/60R18 Toyota Land Cruiser
255/65R16 Nissan Navara
245/65R17 VW Amarok
265/65R17 Toyota Land Cruiser / Prado, Mitsubishi Pajero
275/65R17 Toyota Land Cruiser
215/75R15 Suzuki Jimny
235/75R15 SsangYong Rexton

About FALKEN High Performance Tyres:

The basis for technology and development of FALKEN High Performance Tyres and their extraordinary driving characteristics have formed motorsport for many years. FALKEN racing tyres prove their quality and performance in the most challenging race series in the world. These include the Super Taikyu Series, the American Le Mans Series, the World Rally Championship and particularly the legendary  24-Hour  Race  on  the  Nürburgring.  Through the systematic evaluation of experiences obtained in racing, new insights are gained, which then flow into series production via the shortest route. This results in outstanding products that meet the highest quality standards and have successfully proven themselves in international competition for many years.

All FALKEN products fulfil the ISO standards 9001 and 14001.

FALKEN is a brand of SUMITOMO RUBBER INDUSTRIES LTD., Japan