Michelin has been awarded the prestigious SIMA Innovation Gold Medal for its soon-to-launch`2 in 1′ farm tyre, which features a ‘smart’ tread pattern that evolves to match the application.
Set to be unveiled at SIMA in March 2017, the ‘2 in 1’ tyre has been designed to support farmers who increasingly opt for larger machinery that has to perform both in the field and on the road.
In the field, working at low pressures, the tyres’ footprint spreads across a wider surface, helping to boost traction while improving soil protection. Compared with a Michelin AxioBib tyre of the same dimensions, the ‘2 in 1’ tyre demonstrated a 20 per cent increased ground contact patch.
When set at high pressures for road work, the tyres’ central band is built to grip the road, while the adapted tread pattern is said to give a smoother vibration-free ride, saving farmers fuel and improving safety.