The American brand Firestone released new tire models that were specially designed for the police cars, such as Dodge Charger Pursuit, Chevrolet Tahoe Pursuit, etc. The new models were named Firestone Firehawk Pursuit and Firestone Firehawk Pursuit AWT (all-weather), and were officially presented at the tire show in Canada.
Speaking about the Firehawk Pursuit model, Jason Blackwell, the Bridgestone consumer education specialist, noted that this model featured a new modified tread compound, which ensures that the traction would be stable during the tire’s entire lifetime. He also said that the new tires had a long tread life, which was also a factor because the police car fleet would not want to be changing tires all the time.
Firestone Firehawk Pursuit got a tread pattern with open shoulder areas, which speed up evacuation of water from the contact area and reduce the risk of hydroplaning, and with deep grooves, which help to keep up dependable grip as the tread wears down. According to the manufacturer, these tires tread life is 6% longer than that of the Goodyear Eagle RS-A, and 20% longer than that of the General G-Max Justice. In addition, the tire maker notes that the snow traction has been increased by 30%.
The Firestone Firehawk Pursuit AWT tire model belongs to the class of all-weather tires and features a three-peak mountain snowflake sign that testifies to its effectiveness in winter weather conditions. The 3-Peak Mountain Snowflake (3PMS) certification is becoming a quality standard across all manufacturers — Blackwell noted Last year, Bridgestone first tried to tap the niche of all-weather tires, and, because new regulations keep coming up constantly, and the consumers’ expectations change, this certification is becoming more and more important.»
The tires bearing a AWT sign are specially engineered for the police departments situated in the north regions with snowy winters, and Bridgestone says that they will spare these departments the seasonal tire change, thus saving up their budgets and time. Just as the second model, this one features deeper grooves and modified tread compound. In the wet braking tests, the new Firestone tires outperformed their rivals — Goodyear Eagle Enforcer All Weather and Nokian WRG4, whose figures were respectively 9 and 11% lower.
Both tires also have reduced rolling resistance, which will help to cut down on the fuel consumption and the car fleet expenses.