UK company Tyron Runflat Ltd (Stand 07-C20) is launching the Carbon-ATR, a new lightweight carbon fibre rubber runflat, which achieves a weight reduction of up to 50 per cent. Tyron has replaced a patented steel core with a carbon fibre core, reducing the weight while maintaining its strength.
“Reducing the weight on an armoured vehicle is the goal of all vehicle designers, as lower weight means increased mobility and better fuel economy,” said Richard Glazebrook, chief executive of Tyron Runflat. “The Carbon-ATR achieves this weight reduction significantly, for example on an 8x8 on 1400R20 tyres, the minimum weight reduction compared with our steel insert ATRs so far is 240kg and we expect to improve this still further,” he said.
Tyron’s runflats are unique in that not only are they manufactured from rubber, but their multi-part design makes it easy to change a tyre on the side of the road without special tools; the weight reduction of the Carbon- ATR makes this even easier.
Tyron’s runflats have been proven to easily exceed the Finabel standards and can keep going at more than 50km/h for distances in excess of 100km.
The Carbon-ATR will initially be available in 1400R20 and 1600R20 tyres, where the greatest weight saving can be achieved.