Continental TractorMaster tyres have been determined as the most efficient in a European tyre performance review.
The review, carried out by the German agricultural society Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG), included a number of practical tractor tests to establish which agricultural tyres are the most efficient for tractor use. The TractorMaster tyre was the most fuel efficient of all premium brand tyres tested.T
The new tyres are manufactured using N-Flex Technology, a patent-pending, heat-treated nylon that sits beneath the rubber and enables the tyre to keep its shape which reduces rolling resistance on the road and lowers fuel consumption. The tyre was the most fuel efficient of all premium brand tyres tested and delivered the most efficient transmission of engine power offering the best ratio of tractive output to PTO of the brands on test.
Continental agricultural tyre specialist Richard Hutchins explained: “Tractor tyres reach high temperatures during road use. With the standard nylon used in the manufacture of tyres, after a long run when parked overnight, the tyres cool to the shape of the parked position creating so called ‘flat spots’. When the tractor is used again, the operator will experience ride disturbance because the tyres are not a perfect circle. N-Flex Technology reduces the occurrence of flat spots and provides a more comfortable ride.
“Our research showed a more flexible tyre with a stronger single bead filament construction is safer and allows the tyre to be fitted to the rim with greater ease, the bead also holds the rim better and transfers torque more efficiently which reduces fuel consumption. Our d.fine lug design has a five percent larger surface area which extends the life of the tyre and offers the operator a more comfortable ride on-road and more traction in the field.”