Advanced Tyre Technology To Beat Fuel Price Hike

Toyo Tires says its latest high-tech tyre could cut the cost of family motoring through fuel savings of up to 5.5 per cent compared with a conventional car tyre. Toyo’s technical manager Steven Burke said independent testing showed the NanoEnergy 3 tyre would deliver fuel savings of up to $130 a year for a typical family six-cylinder sedan – or more than six times the yearly cost of recent fuel-excise increase. Burke said the tests also confirmed that equipping cars with the NanoEnergy 3 could result in enhanced safety, including shorter stopping distances, better road-holding and improved stability. He said NanoEnergy 3’s fuel savings will easily eclipse the higher fuel excise imposed on November 10, estimated by the federal government to add $21 a year to fuel bills. Analysis released by a major motoring body suggests twice-yearly fuel excise indexing will increase fuel costs significantly.

“Considering average weekly fuel costs for a late model six-cylinder family sedan at current fuel prices, NanoEnergy 3 can save families over $130 per annum, for those driving an average of 15,000km a year,” Burke said. “That’s nearly 90 litres of fuel over 800 kilometres of combined driving, per vehicle – that’s a free trip from Sydney to Melbourne.” Toyo’s technologically advanced NanoEnergy 3 mass market tyre offers the 5.5 per cent improvement in fuel saving through low rolling resistance coupled with minimal audio intrusion and an increased tread life. NanoEnergy 3 is available in sizes to suit over 50 per cent of all passenger cars sold in Australia. Toyo Tyre and Rubber Australia managing director and CEO Michael Rudd said the NanoEnergy 3 stands out by bringing performance capabilities to a lower rolling resistance tyre. “NanoEnergy 3 gives motorists the best of both worlds by reducing fuel costs, and exceeding levels of safety and performance set by regular tyres,” Rudd said.

“If you extrapolate the fuel saved over the long life of the tyre and further fuel excise increases, the NanoEnergy 3 offers Australians significant long and short term savings.” Using a popular current model V6 family sedan and specialised equipment, performance data was captured at Sydney Motor Sport Park by V8 Supercar driver Jonathan Webb and MOTOR magazine. Comparative fuel economy testing was undertaken by Australian Rally Championship driver Jack Monkhouse and MOTOR. Comparing NanoEnergy 3 with popular predecessor TEO Plus, MOTOR results confirmed NanoEnergy 3’s shorter wet and dry stopping distances, improved traction and road holding on wet and dry roads, and improved average times on a motorkhana circuit. Over the repeated fuel economy tests, test vehicles fitted with NanoEnergy 3 tyres used 5.5 per cent less fuel than those fitted with TEO Plus.

Toyo’s Advanced Tyre Operation Module (A.T.O.M) proprietary manufacturing technology emphasises precision engineering. “It achieves consistently tighter manufacturing tolerances, resulting in higher levels of uniformity, subsequently requiring less balance correction during fitting,” Burke said. “By engineering the rubber compound at a molecular level, Toyo has been able to achieve improvements for rolling resistance, grip levels and wear resistance. “These characteristics are difficult to achieve simultaneously without application of advanced new technologies and production techniques.”