Yokohama develops new lightweight tire

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Yokohama tire has developed a new conceptual tire, using the most advanced technologies and design techniques in an attempt to reduce weight and environmental impact. To commemorate the company’s 100th anniversary, the new tire will be marketed in Japan on a limited basis this year in a developmental size, 205/55R1691V.

As the company seeks to create a more environmentally friendly tire, the BluEarth-air EF21 conserves resources by using less material and improves fuel efficiency by contributing to lighter overall weight. In addition to a 25% weight reduction, in comparison to the Advan dB V551, the EF21 has a thin yet rigid structure.

The company’s newest tire achieves excellent wet and fuel-efficient performance, thanks to the use of a newly developed compound and state-of-the-art rubber mixing technology. The limited-edition tire, which achieved an ‘AAA’ rolling resistance grade, will be unveiled at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show at the Tokyo Big Sight this year.

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