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Tyron reduces runflat weight

17th February 2017 - 12:02 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Tyron has launched a new carbon fibre rubber runflat tyre with a 50 percent weight reduction, the company announced on 16 February.

The Carbon-ATR achieves the weight reduction while maintaining its strength by replacing the runflat's steel core with a carbon fibre core.

Tyron's runflats are manufactured from rubber with a multi part design that allows it to be changed on the side of the road without special tools. The runflats have been proven to exceed the Finabel standards and can keep running at over 50kmph for distances in excess of 100km in the event of a tyre strike.

The new Carbon-ATR will initially be available for both the 1400R20 and 1600R20 tyres.

Richard Glazebrook, chief executive of Tyron Runflat, said: 'Reducing the weight on an armoured vehicle is the goal of all vehicle designers as lower weight means increased mobility and better fuel economy.

'We have therefore been working hard exploring the use of new materials to develop this solution as all of our customers are looking at ways to save weight. This is being driven by the changes in military demands of rapid deployment and in a lot of cases amphibious capability. The Carbon-ATR achieve this weight reduction significantly, for example on an 8x8 on 1400R20 tyres, the minimum weight reduction compared to our steel insert ATRs so far is 240kg and we expect to improve this still further.'

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