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The AZ850 is a performance tire designed for the modern SUV, Cross Over and Sport Truck to take advantage of the increased power and handling ability of these vehicles.
The AZ850 asymmetric tread design features different inside and outside tire contours to achieve optimum balance across the tread face. This design evenly distributes the pressure of the contact surface to enhance comfort and handling.
The AZ850 is also available as a Run Flat model. The RFT sizes are engineered to allow for up to 50 miles of driving at 50 MPH (80km at 80 KPH) with zero air pressure. The Run Flat AZ850 offers an affordable option to the overpriced original equipment tires found on many performance SUV, such as the BMW X5, without compromising on performance or quality. The AZ850 RFT also offers an enhanced safety option to those drivers who are looking for the security of a run flat tire, even if it was not original on their vehicle.
The unique compound and tread design of the AZ850 were specifically engineered for the contemporary performance utility vehicle. The result is a rubber compound that helps reduce rolling resistance, which, in turn, allows the tire to run cooler at high speed. High-tensile steel belts and jointless nylon bands increase stability at high speeds and provide secure braking, handling and durability.
AZ850 Design Features:
The large outer tread block is designed with a rigid and strengthened block to maintain integrity under hard cornering.
The finely sliced inner tread block is designed to reduce noise and allow dispersion of water.
Four main grooves designed to increase the wet grip.
Center rib improves straight-line driving; Also enhancing directional stability.
Oblique lateral grooves increase water dispersion capacity in order to avoid .
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.