Latest winter tire from Apollo Vredestein features new materials technology

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Apollo Vredestein has launched the Vredestein Wintrac Pro for use in winter conditions on high-performance cars. It is said to provide a high level of grip while cornering, short stopping distances on wet roads, and good handling, even at high speeds.

While this tire heralds a new evolution for Vredestein in terms of structure and construction, the biggest innovation lies in the application of materials. The unique use of resins with high silica in the tread compound ensures the best possible handling and braking on snow and wet surfaces.

The tread of the Wintrac Pro also features a new design of both sipes and grooves. Central grooves and shoulder sipes are positioned at sharp angles to ensure the best possible handling on snow, while the horizontal sipes in the central area guarantee good braking and acceleration.

The long and oval shaped footprint enhances water evacuation from the tread, improving performance on wet surfaces. This results in a direct steering response and well-balanced cornering behavior.

The new innovations required a long period of extensive laboratory and outdoor winter testing. Internal research has showed an improvement of more than 15% in handling on snow and of 10% in wet braking over the predecessor product, the Wintrac xtreme S.

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