New run-flats to go further

2013-06-10 14:35

Bridgestone has announced a breakthrough in run-flat tyre technology (RFT) and that its third generation RFT's will reach SA in 2014.

The tyre maker says some of the technology is already being used in current local products.

"Vast improvements" in comfort and fuel efficiency now place the tyre maker’s RFT on par with conventional tyres. Bridgestone says


The company adds that "new tests by German and Austrian automobile clubs ADAC and OAMTC "confirm the summer and winter RFT range now match their conventional equivalents in terms of noise, rolling resistance and all-round comfort".

The RFT lets drivers continue driving for up to 80km a maximum of 80km/h – useful when driving through a deserted or dodgy area.

According to Bridgestone, "consumers no longer have to compromise on comfort or fuel efficiency".

  • sikhumbuzok - 2013-06-11 08:19

    i am still not sold on run flat tyres. Their wear pattern borders on ridiculous. You practically have to do wheel alignment every month so the tyres can wear evenly. Then you have grip (Bridgestone Potenzas) which dont offer much in that dept (comparing to Toyo T1 sport). Then you have exhorbitant replacement. Replacing all 4 x 18 inch tyres; you walk out the tyre place feeling like you have been robbed and looted. So no thanks normal tyres do just fine. If you have a TPMS you will know instantly when you start losing pressure.

  • Freddie Jones - 2013-06-11 10:23

    The 'run flat' and 'Mari-biscuit' spare syndrome are being driven by one thing. This is reducing the weight of the car, by not having a proper full sized spare. This in turn improves the cars power to weight ratio and reduces Co2 emissions. This reduced Co2 emission reduces the cost of buying and running the car in places such as Western Europe, where you are never far from a service station. We in places such as South Africa and Australia, have no choice but to buy these same cars, when on a drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town we can be much further than 80Km from service facilities. The car makers should at least be made to sell cars in South Africa that can store a full sized spare wheel, even if it is only offered as an option. Not being able to fit a full sized spare into a car sold in SA, make the car unfit for use in this country.

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