The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has announced the new Fuel Max RSD tire and three new UniCircle retread products — the Fuel Max RSD, Fuel Max RTD and UltraGrip RTD. These UniCircle retreads offer matching tread designs and compounds to the new tires.
The Goodyear Fuel Max RSD (regional service drive) is a premium super-regional drive tire that offers enhanced fuel efficiency, mileage and traction for super-regional driving fleets, the fastest-growing trucking segment. Its tread compounds help resist tearing and improve miles to removal. The Fuel Max RSD is designed to accommodate single axle day cab configurations that travel in both cities and on the highway and features high scrub resistance for tight turns, the company says.
“Super-regional fleets demand a drive tire that provides long miles and fuel efficiency for highway routes, while also requiring traction for loading and yard maneuverability,” says Dustin Lancy, commercial product marketing manager. “Goodyear’s new Fuel Max RSD is ideal for this application, as it delivers durability and traction that drivers need to confidently navigate their routes throughout the product life cycle.”
To help regional fleets extend the life of their tires, Goodyear also is introducing three new premium spliceless UniCircle retreads:
- Fuel Max RSD UniCircle Retread, the matching tread design to the new Fuel Max RSD drive tire, with deep traction features for enhanced traction as the tire wears and is SmartWay® verified for fuel-efficiency.
- Fuel Max RTD (regional traction drive) UniCircle Retread, the matching tread design to the recently launched Fuel Max RTD premium regional drive tire, with an open-shoulder design that maximizes traction and long miles to removal. It carries the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake designation and is SmartWay® verified for fuel-efficiency.
- UltraGrip RTD (regional traction drive) UniCircle Retread, the matching tread design to Goodyear’s best all-season regional drive tire for traction and grip – the UltraGrip RTD. Its evolving open-shoulder design with biting edges and sipes earned it the Three-Peak Mountain Snowflake designation for traction even at 50 percent worn.
Goodyear UniCircle retread technology offers a seamless tread design that adheres closely to the tire casing and delivers a precise fit without the need for splicing. This helps to improve retread uniformity and driver confidence, the company says.
“With spliceless UniCircle retreads, fleets can take advantage of similar new tire technologies and operate on retread designs they have confidence in,” says Lancy.
With an anticipated mid-2021 launch, these regional UniCircle retreads will be available in popular sizes. The Fuel Max RSD drive tire will initially launch in 295/75R22.5 (Load Range G), with additional sizes rolling out in 2022.