Munich, 27 July 2012 – The new scooter tire from Metzeler, our ‘Feelgreen,’ has already been chosen by BMW as original equiment for its electric C evolution scooter, unveiled today at an international press conference. The C evolution will be used by some journalists to tour the Olympic events. The new scooter from BMW will wear 120/70 R15 and 160/60 R15 (rear) Feelgreens.
There are many factors which affect the fuel consumption on a two-wheeled vehicle. The tires play a crucial role in conserving energy. The new Feelgreen was designed to guarantee low energy dissipation. Our engineers worked hard to reduce the weight of the tire by 17% and were able to reduce rolling resistance by more than 25% compared to its predecessors. The rolling resistance figure could be even higher once the final development tweaks are completed. The Feelgreen maintains the characteristic elements that Metzeler products are famous for: quick warm-up and excellent handling, both indispensable for city riding.
When a tire is in motion, the structure tends to deform normally and the elements that make up the tire—such as the compounds, tread, carcass and profile—tend to dissipate energy. Feelgreen was designed with Finite Element Analysis (FEA), and uses the concept of “cooperation” between these elements, and defines the best combination of deformation state, material choice and geometries to ensure the least possible dissipation of energy.
A significant result was obtained, in part, from a high silica-content compound, a new tread pattern and a new profile, specifically designed to favor a reduction in rolling resistance.
The innovative tread pattern was designed to favor rolling, and the geometry and position of the longitudinal and lateral grooves is such that maximum safety is guaranteed even in wet conditions.
The new Metzeler Feelgreen will be available from 2014 as original equipment on the BMW C evolution electric scooter and will be available in stores then as well.
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