Beat the winter: Vredestein releases new Wintrac Pro
Apollo Vredestein has today introduced a brand-new ultra-high-performance Vredestein winter tyre. The Vredestein Wintrac Pro was unveiled during a dedicated product launch show at The Tire Cologne and is set to provide unrivalled winter performance for the most powerful cars.
The Vredestein Wintrac Pro answers the growing market demands in the 17-inch and higher ultra-high-performance segment. The new winter tyre makes no concessions in terms of performance, offering maximum grip while cornering, short stopping distances on wet roads and great handling, even at high speeds. The Wintrac Pro is available in speed rating Y, making it appropriate for use at speeds of up to 300 km/h for a large number of sizes. The tyre merges an attractive design (created in collaboration with Giugiaro) with advanced technology.
New generation of compounds
While this tyre heralds a new evolution for Vredestein in terms of structure and construction, the biggest innovation lies in the use of materials. The unique use of resins with high silica in the tread compound ensures the best possible handling and braking on snow and wet surfaces.
The tread of the Wintrac Pro also features a new design of the sipes and grooves. Central grooves and shoulder sipes are positioned at sharp angles to ensure the best possible handling on snow, while the horizontal sipes in the central area guarantee outstanding braking and acceleration.
The long and oval shaped footprint enhances water evacuation from the tread, improving performance on wet surfaces. This results in a direct steering response and well-balanced cornering behaviour.
The new innovations required a long period of simulations as well as extensive laboratory and outdoor winter testing. Apollo Vredestein aimed to create a tyre that was not just proven on the drawing board, but proven on the ground.
Internal research showed impressive results, with an improvement of more than 15% in handling on snow and of 10% in wet braking over its already-impressive predecessor the Wintrac xtreme S, and illustrated that the Wintrac Pro is performing at the top of the ultra-high performance segment.
The selection of the first set of sizes was made based on cars like the brand-new Audi A6, BMW 5-series, Volvo V90, Mercedes C-Class as well as Porsche, Tesla and other premium brands. The Wintrac Pro is available as of now in 30 out of the 35 planned sizes, with the other five sizes expected soon. Later on the range will be extended to more than 100 sizes.