ERJ staff report (TB)
Rancho Cucamonga, California -- Kumho Tire USA Inc. will debut a 15-series ultra-low-profile tyre, the Ecsta KU31, next week at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.
The tyre, which will initially be available in size 385/15ZR22, comes with a Z speed rating for use by sports cars, including the Dodge Viper, Ferrari F430 and the Corvette Z6.
Kumho said it expects the Ecsta KU31 15-series will be more appealing to market segments such as the tune-up segment for supercars and high-end tuner cars.
â€œThe world's first 15 series tyre is a perfect example of our ongoing commitment to research and development,â€ said Sae-chul Oh, president and CEO of Kumho. â€œThis is one of Kumho's many innovations, including aroma, coloured smoke, run-flat and X-speed tyres. Kumho Tires will continue to innovate as we race ahead toward our goal of becoming one of the world's top five tyre makers.â€
Kumho said the new tyre has semi-run flat capability, meaning the tire remains on the rim even after a puncture or loss of pressure.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)