Prometeon Tyre Group has this week used the IAA Transportation show in Hannover to unveil a new innovative 325/90 R24.5 tyre size under its Pirelli-branded Serie 02 range.
Developed in collaboration with wheel manufacturer Accuride Wheels, Prometeon claims to be the first tyre manufacturer to propose this new size of tyre.
Specialising in the production of rims, wheel ends and braking components fitted on commercial and passenger vehicles, Accuride Wheels has produced a specially designed wheel to support the new tyre size.
A new monoblock 24.5×9.00 wheel has been created which replaces the current 24×8.5 (one-piece) tubeless wheel (TL) and the 8.5-24 (multi-piece) wheel, which are significantly heavier for tube-tyre (TT).
Prometeon says it has developed the innovative size tyre for easier assembly and dismantling, and improved safety during operations. In addition, the new tyre has a greater load capacity (up to five tonnes per tyre) that ensures a broader application spectrum.
The new 325/90 R24.5 TL offers an alternative to 325/95 R24 and 12.00 R24 sizes on a new rim type specially developed by Accuride.
This tyre/wheel rim combination becomes up to 957 kg lighter when shifting from a TT to a TL rim on vehicles typically used in Middle Eastern countries, where this size is the most common.
All this was made possible by adopting the state-of-the-art technology available on the entire Pirelli Serie 02 range, to offer a sustainable product that optimises operating costs.
The performance of the new tyre offers greater strength and durability, higher mileage and a lower rolling resistance, according to Prometeon.
The new rims are fully compatible with tyre pressure monitoring sensors (TPMS), which will be standard in the future.
Meanwhile, the e-ATA electric bus manufactured by Karsan is currently on display at IAA, which will also be equipped with Prometeon tyres. It will mount the new 275/70 R22.5 U02 Urban-e Pro Pirelli-branded tyres specially developed for electric vehicles.
Heffernan Tyres in Kildare is the official distributor for the full range of Prometeon tyres in Ireland, which include the Pirelli, Formula, and Anteo brands.