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BF Goodrich Launches its Toughest Ever All Terrain Tyre

Published 09 July 2015

BF Goodrich, that created the first All-Terrain T/A tyre in 1976, is launching its most advanced off-road tyre as the new All-Terrain T/A KO2.

The BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A® KO2 tyre  offers exceptional toughness, durability and traction for traversing harsh terrain, including gravel, dirt, rock, mud and snow. 

The KO2 is the first commercially available tyre to incorporate BF Goodrich's race-proven and race-winning CoreGard™ technology that gives unmatched resistance against sidewall splitting. Compared to the already formidable current KO tyre, the new KO2 is 20 per cent stronger in this critical off-road performance area. (Based on internal sidewall splitting test vs. BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO tyre in size LT265/70R17. Sidewall splitting test results were derived from a simulated sidewall aggression testing machine (patent pending US20120245859A1).

The rugged KO2 is also durable, lasting twice as long on gravel roads and 15 per cent longer on asphalt, allowing off-road enthusiasts to extend their adventures and working professionals to get more use out of the tyre. (Off-road results based on commissioned third-party gravel endurance tests vs. BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO tyre size LT265/70R17. On-road results based on internal wear tests vs. BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO tyre size.)

In addition, the KO2 improves its already legendary tradition of all-terrain performance with 10 per cent greater traction in the mud and 19 per cent greater traction in the snow compared to the previous-generation KO tyre. (Based on internal subjective mud condition traction tests using SAE ratings and converted to percentage by competitive analysis programs vs. BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO tyre in size LT 265/70R17.)

The KO2 is an all-season tyre that carries the 3 Peak Mountain Snowflake symbol, indicating that it exceeds the Rubber Manufacturer Association’s severe snow traction requirements. (Based on commissioned third-party tests vs. BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KO tyre in size LT 265/70R17. Standard GM Spin test was used.)

Key features of the KO2 include:

Tougher Sidewalls: The KO2 uses CoreGard™ technology, developed in the Baja T/A® KR2, with split and bruise-resistant sidewall rubber and a thicker, extended shoulder to reduce sidewall failures. Computer modelling was used to predict object paths and create a sidewall design most likely to deflect protruding objects, reducing the chances of splits and snags. The result is a tougher tyre so drivers can take on trails of various conditions. 

Longer Tread-life: The KO2 has a new tread design and rubber formulation that helps it last twice as long on gravel and 15 per cent longer on asphalt than the previous tyre. The tread rubber has been optimally blended to reduce chips and tears on gravel. A new footprint shape and interlocking tread design provide more uniform wear over the long-haul. Special stone ejectors help push objects out of the tread to reduce drilling into the tyre.

Aggressive Traction: The KO2 also has a range of tread features for better mud and snow traction. Side-Biter lugs in the sidewall improve traction in mud, snow and rocks. Raised bars in the shoulder help release compacted mud for better traction in soft soil. 3-D sipes create biting edges for better snow traction.

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