In autumn 2020, the consumer market will be supplied with a new winter tire model, Nokian WR Snowproof P, created by the northernmost tire manufacturer for the mild conditions of Central European winters. The Nokian Snowproof P is offered in speed categories H (210 km/h), V (240 km/h) and W (270 km/h), and its comprehensive size selection covers 55 products from 17 to 21 inches.
The new friction tire is coming to replace the Nokian WR A4 model, further extending Nokian Tyres’ versatile winter tire range for passenger cars and SUVs, which also includes Nokian WR D4, Nokian WR Snowproof, as well as Nokian WR SUV 3, and Nokian WR SUV 4.
When designing the high-performance Nokian WR Snowproof P, the Nokian Tyres specialists predominantly focused on increasing the handling consistency on wet pavement and slushplaning resistance, which was achieve by using the new Alpine Performance concept, which includes improved rubber compound bearing the same name, coupled with optimized tread design. In addition, a few tasks for increasing ride comfort, fuel efficiency, and environmental performance, were solved.
Nokian Tyres notes that the symmetric directional tread pattern, featured by the new model, is quite unusual for a UHP winter tire. However, the tire maker says, it is this particular solution that ensures the predictable and controlled behavior in all conditions and improves overall safety of the tire.
Developing Snowproof P took more than four years. The prototypes of this model were subjected to rigorous comparative tests, including the snow and ice of the «White Hell» Nokian testing facility in Lapland. In addition to the kingdom of ice and snow, the new product’s wet and dry road characteristics were also fine-tuned on several Central European test tracks in Germany, in Austria and in Spain. The new model was developed with an active input from F1 World Champion Mika Häkkinen.
We will find out in autumn if the result was actually worth the effort, when the results of the independent comparative tests are announced.