Russian company Tatneft has announced it will start producing a tire for the ATV (all-terrain vehicle) market under the Kama Tyres brand.
The first model of the experimental Kama Quadro ATM tire has been produced in a 25×8-12 standard size at the Nizhnekamskshina factory in Russia. Its tread pattern has been designed and optimized for off-road driving and provides excellent cross-country ability in a range of weather conditions. This is due to a special rubber compound that guarantees reliability and a self-cleaning tread to ensure high levels of grip are maintained.
The Kama Scientific and Technical Center utilized a range of digital technologies when developing the Kama Quadro ATM for use on ATVs and other four-wheeled vehicles. This included the use of a virtual analog of the tire, which engineers used for computer simulation tests. The engineers ensured the tire passed these tests before producing a prototype.
Before the Kama Quadro ATM goes into serial production it will undergo a series of bench and road tests to ensure it is reliable. The first tests will be undertaken by Tatneft subdivisions for pilot testing on the company’s off-road vehicles.
Nine sizes of the ATV tire are in development, and the Kama Quadro ATM range will cover diameters from 12in to 14in. Production of two tire sizes is scheduled to begin at the end of 2021, consisting of a 25×10 tire for the rear axle of ATVs and a 25×8 for the front.
The company plans to produce over 30,000 tires each year, and these will be equipped to Tatneft all-terrain vehicles carrying out operations in oil fields. The product will also be available to Russian ATV manufacturers and the aftermarket.