ERJ staff report (DS)
Dubai, UAE -- Apollo Vredestein has developed truck-sized tyres with a Z rating (315/50 ZR22 XL 124W) for a concept bus weighing 9 tonnes and capable of speeds up to 250kph.
The Ultrac Sessanta Superbus tyre is unique and has been tested extensively not only for speed and load, but also durability and rolling resistance. The maximum speed achieved to date during tests is 340 kmph, more than enough for Superbus.
The first Superbus prototype was presented in Dubai, on the opening day of the World Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP) hosted by Dubai Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), on April 10, 2011. Superbus is a futuristic and greener public transport vehicle system developed by the Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands. It combines existing aerospace, Formula 1 and logistical technologies in an attempt to address the growing needs for a flexible, efficient and sustainable mode of commuting in various cities of the world.
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Press release from Apollo Vredestein
Superbus brochure from Apollo Vredestein