Yokohama’s iceGUARD iG60 studless tyre to begin the overseas journey
Introduced in Japan in September 2017, Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd will begin overseas sales of iceGUARD iG60 studless tyre for passenger cars, on overseas markets from this autumn. Initially, the sales will take place in Northern Europe and Russia and will expand to Asia and Europe. The tyre will be available in 102 sizes, ranging from 265/35R19 94Q to 135/80R13 70Q. The Company also has plans to expand the lineup of available tyre sizes.
The company said that development of the iceGUARD iG60 aimed at raising the tyre’s wet performance as well as sharply enhancing braking on ice—the most crucial performance feature of a studless tyre.
The iceGUARD iG60’s tread design features an asymmetrical pattern. The newly developed double micro grooves deliver optimum ice performance from the instant the tyres are fitted on the vehicle, while its Quattro 3-D Dimple Sipes increase the tyre’s rigidity and enhance its steering stability.
“The iceGUARD iG60 has a newly developed premium absorptive compound in the tread compound. Absorptive micro balloons are dispersed evenly throughout the rubber, improving its ability to absorb water on the icy surface, the main reason for slippage on ice. In addition, the amount of silica compound has been increased and supplemented by the first use of a silica highly reactive white polymer, which improves tyre’s ability to adhere to the surface. The compound’s use of Orange Oil-S, developed specifically for use on studless tyres, keeps the tyres soft and pliant even after the typical deterioration of the rubber that occurs with age and use, thus extending the useful life of the tyre’s performance on the ice. These new technologies increase the tire’s ice performance by 15% over that of the previous product (iceGUARD iG50 PLUS) and its wet performance by 5%,” claims Yokohama.