How do you review a tyre – do you roll it down a hill in the age-old children’s game of hoop trundling, or do you belt them onto an excellent 4×4, find some harsh terrain, and do your utmost to shred them to pieces?
An ambivalent and ambiguous task nonetheless – which we discovered at the media debut of the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure Tyre – down in George, Eastern Cape. The question I kept asking myself was, “where does the car end and the tyre begin?” i.e. At which point do you credit the tyres and not the car? Tyres are a grudge purchase, a necessary evil like an annual prostate exam. However, there are some key factors to consider. Tyres are the only part of the car making contact with the road: a car, a 4×4 or SUV are as good as the tyres they are rolling on. Rotating tyres are in a constant state of friction and abrasion – on a daily basis. Subjected to the torturous rigors of travel – which road-users shamelessly take for granted. Which is why Good Year have introduced the new Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure tyre – designed with state-of-the-art internal engineering. The new design features a two-layered inlay of DuPont™ Kevlar®, a lightweight material five times stronger than steel, used in body armour, that absorbs road noise, (with virtually zero tyre rumble) and ensures a near bulletproof resistance against stone-drilling. Stone-drilling is when a stone gets wedged inside the tread-lugs, rotating tyres create friction, producing heat, as the stone becomes hotter – it drills, or burrows through into the tread belt. The Wrangler A/T A.A tyre tread also possesses stone-ejecting properties. Although our test review was under controlled conditions, my co-driver accidently landed the front left tyre in a long furrow lined with jutting stones – from the passenger seat I was sure the stones would, if not puncture the tyre wall, cause some minor damage? Not at all, the walls are reinforced with Durawall Technology to resist sidewall cuts and punctures – as well as impact damage. According to Good Years press release, “the new open shoulder blocks evacuate mud from the tread allowing for improved off-road traction, biting edges create more traction between the tyre and the road surface, improving grip under different braking and handling scenarios. Goodyear engineers optimized the tread design for an even pressure distribution across the footprint, resulting in excellent mileage and great on-road performance. DEKRA testing results reveal that the Wrangler All-Terrain Adventure has, on average, 37% better mileage performance than tested tyres.“ Wayne Nicholson, Consumer PBU Director, Goodyear South Africa, says, “Our heritage in the 4×4 segment and our proven track record in developing award-winning 4×4 and SUV-tyres enabled us to develop the Goodyear Wrangler® All-Terrain Adventure, a tyre that allows drivers to stay in control of the journey and go on-road or off-road at a moment’s notice.”
The new Good Year All-Terrain Adventure Tyre is available countrywide. Contact your local Good Year dealer for details.