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Falken creates Run-Flat version of ZIEX ZE914 Ecorun tyre

7th April 2014 Print

Falken Tyres has created a Run-Flat version of its popular ZIEX ZE914 Ecorun tyre. Available this Summer and suitable for cars specified to run Run-Flat tyres, the tyres retains the excellent rolling resistance and wet weather characteristics of its standard variant and adds the security and convenience of being capable to run for at least 80km at 80km/h at zero pressure.

To achieve the levels of durability, Falken’s engineers in Japan specified a number of innovations. Most notable is the inclusion of dimples in the sidewalls. These indentations help to dissipate heat more evenly, allowing the tyre life to be extended by 17 percent when running at zero pressure.

The change to a Run-Flat variant has enabled Falken to tweak the tread pattern design for better performance. Reinforcing the already strong wet weather capability, Falken has widened both the lateral grooves and longitudinal grooves to improve resistance to aquaplaning. A stiffer outer shoulder provides enhanced cornering performance in dry conditions

“Run-Flat technology offers consumers the ability to complete a journey or to reach a safe and convenient location to replace a tyre,” says Isamu Ishida, Managing Director of Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. “Our technologies, such as the dimples, protect the tyre when it is under great stress, extending its life and convenience.”

The ZIEX ZE914 Ecorun Run-flat is available from Summer 2014 starting with 225/50RF17 94W and 225/45RF17 91W sizes suitable for BMW 1, 3 and 5 Series.

About FALKEN Tyre Europe:

The technology and development of Falken High Performance Tyres and their driving characteristics have, for many years, been derived from motorsport, most recently its participation in the Tudor United Sportscar Championship and Nürburgring 24 Hours. Tyre technologies developed on track are often transferred to the road, offering improvements in wet and dry grip, efficiency, feeling and control.

Falken Tyre Europe is a brand of Sumitomo Rubber Industries Japan, with European headquarters near Frankfurt. Falken has aggressively expanded its product range, launching new products in new sectors and niches across Europe. Falken’s current products range from the track-inspired Azenis series including the latest FK453 flagship through to the efficient and innovative ZE914, the rugged all-terrain WildPeak A/T, cold weather HS449 and SN832 Ecorun.

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Falken tyres are produced to the highest-quality standards – all production facilities are ISO9001: 2000 and ISO / TS 16949:2002 certified. Additionally, all factories have certification under the ISO14001 Environmental Management System.