Available in 4 sizes, 40 to 55 series, from August 2011, the new Bridgestone Potenza S001 RFT combines the sporty character of the S001 with the high-level safety and comfort of Bridgestone’s latest Run-Flat technology.
Bridgestone Run-Flat Tyres are now fitted right across the BMW and Mini range in Europe, in addition to a large number of models from Audi, Mercedes, Lexus and Volkswagen. Many top sports cars are also equipped with Bridgestone Run-Flats, including Ferrari and Maserati models.
Safety and peace of mind
With Bridgestone Run-Flat Tyres, drivers can continue driving for up to 80 km at a speed of up to 80 kph even in the event of a total loss of air pressure. This enables them to complete their journey safely or reach a service station or other place where their tyre can be replaced. Changing a tyre on a busy motorway is a thing of the past.
Now with added comfort
Bridgestone’s latest generation of Run-Flat Tyres also provides a level of ride comfort comparable to conventional tyres. This has been made possible by the development of innovative “heat controlling” technologies – including a NanoPro-Tech™ polymer which reduces internal friction heat and innovative Cooling Fin technology that keeps the sidewall cool – enabling Bridgestone engineers to reduce the vertical stiffness of the Run-Flat sidewall. These technologies are not both applied systematically to all tyre sizes; their use depends on the tyre aspect ratio and preference of individual vehicle manufacturers.
“Bridgestone Run-Flat Tyres have now achieved a balance of performance and comfort that is comparable to standard tyres” says Franco Annunziato, Chief Quality Officer and Senior Vice President Technology, Bridgestone Europe. “This opens the way for expanding the use of Run-Flat Tyres with mainstream motorists.”
About Bridgestone Europe
Bridgestone Europe (BSEU), with European headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a key regional subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of tyres and other rubber products. Bridgestone Europe operates an R&D center, 8 plants and offices in more than 30 European countries, with over 13,000 employees. BSEU’s premium tyres are sold both within Europe and globally.