Thu February 18 11:00 am 2016 in categories Product news, Company news

Award for Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tire – Tire technology of the year 2016

Nokian Tyres, the world´s northernmost tire manufacturer from Finland, has won the highly respected award Tire Technology of the Year 2016 with the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tire designed for BMW's unique i3 electric car. 

Tire technology international 2016 awards

It combines extremely low rolling resistance, first-class grip, and exceptional driving comfort. The new tire model’s size is155/70R19 84Q. This modern introduction to the Nokian Hakkapeliitta family represents future technology. It is the world's first winter tyre with an A energy rating. According to tests, this Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 can reduce the rolling resistance of electric vehicles up to 30%.

- Range is everything to drivers of electric vehicles, and even more of a concern in cold conditions, when battery performance can be compromised. Every mile counts, so when it comes to tires, low rolling resistance is a must. Nokian’s Hakkapeliitta R2 means that this needn’t come at the expense of excellent grip in winter weather – a worthy recipient of the title, Tire Technology of the Year, says Graham Heeps, editor, Tire Technology International magazine and chairman of the judging panel.

- We are proud to be able to offer more winter grip, more peace of mind and, in particular, more range to the ever-increasing number of electric car owners with our top-class Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tyre. Making transport safer and greener is a leading principle for our product development, states Juha Pirhonen, Vice President R&D, Nokian Tyres.

Nokian Tyres – from the north, mastering the extremes

Nokian Tyres, the forerunner in technology in the tire industry, is known for its high-quality and innovative products, which are carefully tailored for different markets and different demanding purposes. Over half of our product development resources are spent on testing products.

The Nokian Hakkapeliitta is one of the best-known winter tire brands wherever true winter is experienced. Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tires are born, bred and tested in the demanding northern conditions. The company has its own testing center spanning over 700 hectares in Ivalo, Finnish Lapland, north of the Arctic Circle. There, R&D and testing teams as well as test drivers put tires to the test. The Ivalo Testing Center simulates winter driving extremes from November to May, both day and night.

- We are really thankful for this significant award. This is also an excellent opening shot for 80th anniversary year of Hakkapeliittas, says Pirhonen.

Judges' quotes – Tire Technology of the Year:

“Nokian's Hakkapeliitta R2 winter tire is a niche product for a niche vehicle that meets difficult winter tire requirements while not compromising rolling resistance standards. Well done!”
Joe Walter, adjunct professor, mechanical engineering, University of Akron

“Nokian Tyres’ technology combines two of the most difficult-to-optimize functional performances of the tire and develops them into a unique product.”
Saied Taheri, director of CenTiRe, Virginia Tech  

“Winter tires have been calling out for much improved fuel economy for some time and the value of this innovation should be recognized.”
Dr Stuart Cook, director of research, TARRC

Tire technology international 2016

Award related and Hakkapeliitta R2 photos: www.nokiantyres.com/HakkapeliittaeR2

Video: https://youtu.be/Wo4omb0Eil4

About the Tire Technology International Awards for Excellence and Innovation:
The Tire Technology International Awards for Innovation and Excellence, founded in 2008, reward the smart thinking and hard work of the tire design and manufacturing industry. The shortlist is compiled from nominations received from the readers of Tire Technology International, and with the input of the magazine's editorial team. It is then sent to the independent panel of international tire industry experts for them to cast their votes and determine the winners, with the presentations being made at Tire Technology Expo in Hanover each February. For more details, go to www.tiretechnology-expo.com.

Read more:

Nokian Hakkapeliitta R2 Nokian Tyres - State-of-the-art green winter tyre technology for electric cars
www.nokiantyres.com/innovation/research-and-development/top-aa-category/nokian-hakkapeliitta-r2-the-world-s-first-winter-tyre-with-an-a-energy-rating/

Nokian Tyres - The world's first winter tyre with an AA rating www.nokiantyres.com/innovation/research-and-development/top-aa-category/

Testing in extreme conditions
https://www.nokiantires.com/innovation/testing/

At the top of winter tyre testing: Ivalo Testing Center White Hell 
http://youtu.be/UEGUTw7KHxE

World's first winter tyre with pop-out studs
www.nokiantyres.com/company/news-article/nokian-tyres-the-world-s-first-nonstudded-winter-tyre-with-studs/

Nokian Hakkapeliitta 8: World record for the fastest car on ice, 335.713 km/h:
https://www.nokiantires.com/innovation/research-and-development/fastest-on-ice/fastest-on-ice-2013/

How was the world's first winter tyre invented?
https://www.nokiantires.com/company/about-us/history/first-winter-tires/

Further information:

Nokian Tyres plc (Head office Finland)
Vice President, Research and Development Juha Pirhonen, tel. +358 10 401 7708 juha.pirhonen@nokiantyres.com

Product Development Manager Jarno Ahvenlammi, tel. +358 10 401 7741 jarno.ahvenlammi@nokiantyres.com

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