Bridgestone Corporation (Bridgestone) today announced that its TURANZA T005 run-flat technology (RFT) tires will be the standard tire mounted on the new 2017 Lexus LS sedan. The vehicle currently is on display at the 2017 North American International Auto Show, in Detroit, Michigan.
Bridgestone TURANZA T005 RFT tires employ a newly developed sidewall reinforced rubber, which contributes to thinner tire sidewalls. This enhancement offers the added safety benefit of run-flat technology while also contributing to the superior driving comfort expected of Lexus vehicles. The TURANZA T005 RFT tire fitment from Bridgestone contributes to the ultimate refinement and exhilarating handling provided by the new Lexus LS vehicle.
Bridgestone RFT tires are engineered to go up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) at up to 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour to safety after a puncture or a loss of pressure. Additionally, RFT tires can help reduce the total weight of a vehicle because they eliminate the need for a spare tire. Run-flat tires also can contribute to a reduction in the use of resources by eliminating spare tires which are often disposed of without being used.
Through the widespread use of RFT tires, Bridgestone aims to contribute to the realization of a safe and stable mobile society while reducing overall environmental impact.
Newly Developed Sidewall Reinforced Rubber
Standard tires support the weight of vehicles through air pressure contained within the tire. Bridgestone’s sidewall reinforced RFT tires, utilize reinforced rubber in their sidewalls to maintain their shape and support vehicles at zero air pressure, effectively allowing for driving on flat tires. The newly developed sidewall reinforced rubber featured in the TURANZA T005 RFT features a molecular structure that makes cross-link of polymer chains more resilient to high temperatures. This structure enables RFT tires to be made with thinner sidewall, which offers a quieter ride and more comfortable driving experience.
About Bridgestone EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa)
Bridgestone EMEA, with headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tokyo-based Bridgestone Corporation, the world’s largest tyre and rubber company. Bridgestone EMEA operates in more than 60 countries and has over 18200 employees. Across the region it has 14 tyre and tyre related plants, a major R&D Centre and a proving ground. Bridgestone EMEA’s premium tyres are sold in Europe, Middle East, Africa and globally.