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Tyre tech: Kumho’s all-terrain innovation; Falken new high performance range

Tyre tech: Kumho’s all-terrain innovation; Falken new high performance range

SOUTH Korean tyre maker Kumho designed the futuristic all-terrain tyres fitted to the innovative Hyundai Carlino compact SUV unveiled at this month’s Auto Expo 2016 in Delhi.

The collaboration between the South Korean tyre manufacturer and Hyundai has resulted in a tyre that that adapts to all manner of surfaces while maintaining optimum grip.


With strong on- and off-road performance, the Kumho-shod Carlino showcases a new level of mobility for compact SUVs aimed at emerging international markets.

Kumho designers came up with a unique product with broad shoulders for maximum grip and adaptability, and a special tread pattern that speeds the expulsion of dirt and grit.

Unlike most such tyres that exhibit quite noisy on-road performance, the sound of those created for the Carlino is minimised by special 3D honeycomb tread blocks.

The tyres for the Carlino are the latest in a long line of concept designs by Kumho, the most recent of which include those for the Kia Nova, which optimised wet weather performance, and the unforgettable super-low aspect ratio Maxplo tyres – these scooped last year’s top honour in the Futuristic class of the much coveted Italian A’ Design Awards for featuring tread blocks that adjust to suit all weather conditions.

In response to the continuously growing demand for ultra-high-performance (UHP) tyres, Japanese tyre maker Falken has unveiled its new highly advanced tyre — the AZENIS FK510.

Falken’s top model has already convinced testers at German auto magazine Autozeitung, which bestowed the ‘Highly Recommended’ label on the tyre in Issue 6/2016. The German association of technical inspectors, GTUE, also gave the tyre ‘Highly Recommended’ status.


The tyre incorporates features designed to ensure top performance in wet conditions and superior protection from aquaplaning.

The tyre has a higher negative tread ratio combined with high volume circumferential grooves and rounded shoulder contours. Numerous blade sipes (small ‘cuts’ in the pattern blocks) optimise the footprint in cornering and cut through the water film on the road surface more effectively.

The tread pattern ensures consistent pressure distribution throughout the tyre footprint, the company says. Known as ACP (Adaptive Constant Pressure), the technology used for this advanced pattern enhances braking performance, directional stability and driving dynamics.

The Falken engineers applied 4D Nano Design Technology to develop groundbreaking tyre compounds that offer superb grip and maximise the tyre’s wear resistance.

Andreas Giese, Product Planning Manager at Falken Tyre Europe said: “The AZENIS FK510 offers everything that fans of advanced driving dynamics could wish for, with superb directional stability on straights and cornering, exceptional stability in high-speed corners, shorter braking distances and high resistance to aquaplaning.”

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