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H. Kishie Singh
fitment on your car is the tyre. It controls your straight line
stability, your braking, your cornering and load-bearing
capacity. It is your only contact with mother earth. The
suspension and steering of the car may be in perfect condition
but if the tyres are not up to the mark, the car will be unsafe.
The last decade has seen radial tyres, tubeless tyres and even
run-flat tyres. The best-known names in tyres globally are all
available at the nearest dealer.
Indian tyres like
JK, MRF and Apollo also make world-class tyres. In spite of this
easy availability, it is common to see some expensive and fast
cars with worn-out tyres. Not only are they unsafe for the car
and its occupants, they pose a danger to every other road user.
Adding to the number of tyres already available, there is a new
tyre in the market. Falken, a member of the Sumitomo Rubber
Group, has introduced a vast array of tyres which will be
suitable for every car on our roads.
In addition to
passenger cars, tyres for SUVs, light trucks and even tractors
and combines in the agriculture sector are available. Tyres for
heavy earth-moving machines are also part of their arsenal.
Falken's best-selling tyre globally is the ZE 912. It has three
layers of rubber, which make it extra durable. The tyre is
steel-belted and the side-wall design is ‘cut-resistant’.
Keep in mind that the side-wall of radial tyres is the weakest
part of the tyre and prone to cuts. It also has a special
silica-based compound, which is ideal for wet roads. It will
also have a long life, and because of low rolling resistance,
should improve a car’s fuel average.
A unique specialty
of the tyre is an eye. It is a round hole which serves as the
tread wear indicator (TWI ). As the tyre wears down, the round
hole also wears down and disappears. Instead, a square hole
appears. This indicates its time to rotate tyres to help
lengthen tyre life and maintain maximum performance.
The Falken CT/ AT
tyre, which is meant for SUVs (size 215.75 R 15), has an extra
deep layer. A similar car tyre of another make has a 11.9 mm
depth. Falken has a depth of 13.2 mm. This, say the
manufacturers, will give a life span of 80,000 km. The FK-07 U
tyre is made specially for taxis and long-distance commuters.
The tyre has a 'W' groove design, is well balanced, provides
comfort, outstanding long distance performance and high-speed
stability. This tyre is available in 12",13" and
14" sizes only.
Falken also has
the RT 615. This is a pure high-speed tyre. The motor sport
grade compound maintains road grip over a wide range of
temperatures. It has enhanced wet road grip.
Falken stresses on
excellent performance in wet road conditions. The argument being
that if the tyre excels in wet conditions, on dry tarmac it has
to be excellent also. The tyre features a sophisticated design
which promises precise handling in high-performance cars. It
would seem that Falken is making its entrance into India in
grand style with an awesome array of tyres. The company promises
a comfortable and, more important, safe driving.