Falken has adopted the NEO-T01 tire manufacturing process to produce its new FK453 high performance run-flat tire. The NEO-T01 manufacturing process -- developed by Falken’s parent Sumitomo Rubber Industries – employs a new assembly method that allows for better quality control.
The process – which is controlled by computer -- could theoretically produce results within a tolerance of just 0.01 mm. The new process as well as improvements in compound and construction has enabled engineers to enhance uniformity at high speed by up to 70 percent while cutting weight by 10 percent compared with conventional run-flat tires.
The new Azenis FK453 run-flat tires features a dimple-sidewall that dissipate heat to allow the tire to drive at least 80km at 80km/h while at zero tire pressure, which means drivers could reach a safe place where it can be replaced.
The innovative construction of the sidewall enables the FK453 run-flat to achieve that performance despite being 20 percent more compliant than rivals. During wet conditions, the Azenis FK453’s large, lateral tread grooves improve water dispersion, which means lesser risk of aquaplaning. This allows the run-flat to achieve an ‘A’ rating for wet grip under the EU Tire Labels. Falken Product Planning Manager Andreas Giese, remarked their new FK453 is not void of the negative features sometimes associated with run-flat tire.
He described the Azenis FK453 as a next-generation run-flat tire. The Azenis FK453 run-flat will initially be available starting from summer this year in 245/45RF18 96Y and 275/40RF18 99Y sizes that are suitable for the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series. Further sizes will be available next year.
“We have developed a run-flat that eliminates the negative features that are sometimes associated with this type of tire,” says Falken Product Planning Manager Andreas Giese, “Together, with advances in construction and manufacturing, we believe this is truly a next-generation run-flat tire.”
Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Falken Tires started as a brand created to serve as a high performance brand of OHTSU Rubber & Tire in Japan. After its launch in its home country of Japan in 1983, Falken Tires was launched introduced in North America two years later. Falken has become a strong brand name for tires, especially when it comes to UHP (Ultra High Performance). The brand has also participated in well-known motorsports programs that helped it develop and improve vehicle products for both domestic and global sales.
In 2012, Falken has developed a new road tire – dubbed as ZIEX ZE914-- that offers better fuel efficiency as well as a wet weather grip, as made possible by advances in both the chemical formulation of the rubber and the tread design. The ZIEX ZE914 was touted of being able to effect in a 3.8 percent fuel saving compared with a non-optimized tire. [source: Falken]