The anatomy of tough
The company that created the first all-terrain 4WD tyre in 1976 has delivered the Bfgoodrich All-terrain T/A KO2, the toughest All-terrain tyre ever, and it’s being put to good use since its arrival in NZ last year.
Engineered from Bfgoodrich’s championship off-road motorsports racing technology, the KO2 4x4 tyre delivers exceptional toughness, durability and traction for traversing harsh conditions, including gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow.
The KO2 tyre is the first consumer tyre to incorporate the company’s race-proven and racewinning Coregard™ technology that gives it unmatched toughness against sidewall splitting. Compared to the already formidable KO tyre, the new KO2 is 20 percent stronger in this critical off-road performance area.
The KO2 uses Coregard technology developed in the Baja T/A KR2 for split and bruise-resistant sidewall rubber and a thicker, extended shoulder to prevent sidewall failures. Computer modelling was used to predict object paths and create a sidewall design most likely to deflect protruding objects, reducing the chances of splits and snags.
The KO2 has a new tread design and rubber formulation that helps it last twice as long on gravel and 15 percent longer on asphalt than the previous tyre – the tread rubber has been optimally blended to reduce chips and tears on gravel. A new footprint shape and interlocking tread design provide more uniform wear over the long haul. Special stone ejectors push objects out of the tread to reduce drilling into the tyre.
In addition, the KO2 improves its all-terrain performance with 10 percent greater traction in the mud and 19 percent greater traction in the snow compared to the previous-generation KO tyre. Side-biter lugs in the sidewall improve traction in mud, snow and rocks. Raised bars in the shoulder help release compacted mud for better traction in soft soil. 3-D sipes create biting edges for better snow traction. The KO2 has an obvious appeal for the offroad enthusiast, but it also appeals to anyone who regularly faces challenging conditions. The KO2’S toughness, durability and traction – as well as its improved treadlife and great road manners – deliver strong benefits, whether for work or play. The KO2 is available in a range of 15 – 20 inch fitment sizes. For more information Freephone 0800 474 639 or go to www. bfgoodrich.co.nz