Sumitomo will be supplying as the original equipment for the Audi A3 TFSI e, assembled in Ingolstadt, the Falken Ziex ZE310A Ecorun summer tires (the «A» in the tire’s name indicates that the tire was designed for the OE segment) in size 205/55R16 94V XL, which, according to the manufacturer, combines excellent handling response in any conditions and low rolling resistance.
Since it premiered in 2019, the serial Ziex ZE310 Ecorun tire has scored numerous victories in independent tests; for example, it was rated as «Recommended» by the Auto Club Europa (ACE) experts, and it was awarded a rating of «Good» in the main AUTOBILD ALLRAD summer tire test, where the experts were particularly impressed by its performance potential, wet handling and short braking distances.
The tire is manufactured using the Adaptive Constant Pressure (ACP) technology that provides an even distribution of pressure in the contact patch, which improves the road holding ability, prevents uneven wear, and reduces rolling resistance, which positively affects fuel efficiency.
In addition, the tread pattern with wide circumferential grooves reduces the risk of hydroplaning, while the 4D Nano Design technology allowed the engineers to unlock the performance of new materials at the Nano-scale and develop a ground-breaking rubber compound for the ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN, which also improved fuel efficiency and ride comfort.
«Mobility is undergoing a period of change with increased demand for tyres suitable for electric and hybrid vehicles — says Christian Stolting, key account manager OE at Falken Tire Europe — - I am therefore very pleased that our products fulfil the demands for innovative and safe tyres for both OE and aftermarket.»
For the aftermarket, the ZIEX ZE310 ECORUN tire is available in 124 sizes ranging from 14 to 19 inches with speed ratings of H/V/W (210–270 km/h). Earlier, the Falken tires were also selected as the OE for the Audi Q3 and A1 Citycarver, their homologation evidenced by the AO (Audi Original) markings on the sidewalls.