Du­raTrac has landed!

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Whether work­ing on a high­coun­try farm­ing block or head­ing out for a week­end’s fish­ing, Goodyear’s new Wran­gler Du­raTrac 4WD t yre will get you there safely. Re­cently launched in New Zealand, Wran­gler Du­raTrac is an ex­tremely ver­sa­tile t yre de­signed for work and play. Goodyear NZ head of tech­ni­cal, prod­uct and avi­a­tion Bill Preb­ble says Du­raTrac is en­gi­neered to pro­vide high lev­els of trac­tion and sta­bil­ity, both on and off the road. “The Wran­gler Du­raTrac is de­signed for a wide range of ap­pli­ca­tions, from farm­ing and con­struc­tion, to camp­ing and car­a­van­ning,” said Mr Preb­ble. Du­raTrac is also Goodyear’s first tyre to fea­ture its pro­pri­etary Trac­tive Groove Tech­nol­ogy, en­hanc­ing per­for­mance in deep mud and sand. Other fea­tures in­clude a rugged tread rub­ber, highly an­gled cen­tre tread blocks and zig-zag mi­crogrooves. This in­creases re­sis­tance to tear­ing, gives them bet­ter lat­eral sta­bil­ity and im­proves wet trac­tion. 4WD ex­pert Pete Ritchie – an off-road driv­ing in­struc­tor and con­sul­tant – road and bush-tested a set of Wran­gler Du­raTrac tyres over 18,000km on a Toy­ota Hilux, across a broad va­ri­ety of New Zealand ter­rain. He de­scribed them as ideally suited for a range of back­coun­try con­di­tions, with neg­li­gi­ble noise on dry roads and “no wet road sounds be­yond nor­mal”. “I ran them at 26-28psi on 18- inch rims. They were good on the road with a heavy load and a trailer in tow,” said Mr. Ritchie. “They tracked very well on corners and there was no side wal­low­ing in windy con­di­tions.

“I’ve seen no sign of tread chip­ping from gravel, nor have I ex­pe­ri­enced any flat t yres, or any sign of tread area pen­e­tra­tion from small chips, etc. They sim­ply seem to get the job done and keep me safe in all sit­u­a­tions.” Mr Ritchie also tested the Wran­gler Du­raTrac t yres in an off- road event af­ter a week of heavy rain. “The Du­ra­Tracs were able to han­dle our clay test climb in con­di­tions some other t yre brands and t ypes could not man­age nearly as well,” he re­ported. The range car­ries the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion Noise sym­bol, af­ter pass­ing strin­gent Euro­pean stan­dards for by­pass noise.

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