The newest member of the Nokian summer tyres family is the Nokian Z G2, a tyre developed to be high-performance, safe and durable.
Designed for fast driving, the Nokian Z G2 clearly outperforms its competitors in demanding, difficult conditions. It is not afraid of even heavy temperature fluctuations or rain. Its driving response is precise, yet pleasant and quiet.
The Nokian Z G2 is designed for sporty cars and fast driving and belongs to the UHP category, the top class of passenger car tyres. The size range comprises nearly xx variants in the speed categories W (270 km/h) and Y (300 km/h), ranging from 16” all the way up to 20”. The product will be available for retail sales in Central Europe in the spring of 2008.
The Nokian Z G2 has been developed and tested on fast European tracks, as well as on rough-surfaced roads, over several years. Special attention was paid to wet grip and the prevention of aquaplaning. Wear resistance was developed by means of thorough laboratory testing and driving hard durability tests on harsh asphalt surfaces.
Nanotechnology and multi-layer structure: excellent wet grip, precise driving response
The Nokian Z G2 is targeted at demanding consumers, and its top-of-the-range performance has been achieved with the help of the latest development and production technology.
The key innovations that make the Nokian Z G2 unique are the multi-layer surface structure, the nanosilica compound and new surface geometry. These new innovations form the so-called Nokian Cool Zone Concept,” says Product Manager Petri Niemi.
The lowest layer in the multi-layer surface structure is a thin rubber layer that reduces heat emission and rolling resistance. The middle layer’s compound features the latest nanotechnology.
The flexible nanosilica compound of the intermediate layer provides quicker response to steering movements than traditional rubber compounds, resulting in sensitive and precise contact with the road.
Despite its elasticity, the new nanosilica compound strengthens the tyre structure. The excellent stability is particularly emphasised in cyclic driving with quick, recurring lane changes and dodging needs.
The outer layer of the Nokian Z G2 features a new silica compound, Nokian Cool UHP Silica, which ensures excellent wet grip in all temperatures. The new compound also efficiently dampens noise generated when driving on asphalt – the tyre is quiet and pleasant to drive.
New tyre geometry: excellent handling properties
The revamped tread design of the Nokian Z G2 enhances driving stability, especially on corners, when changing lanes and dodging. It makes the Nokian Z G2 safe and precise to handle, even in extreme situations. The new surface geometry reduces harmful heat emission, particularly at high speeds.
In terms of appearance, the Nokian Z G2 has an asymmetric inside-outside tread pattern. The open centre tread design has proven to be the best technical solution, especially in high-speed tyres.
The sturdy outer shoulder area of the Nokian Z G2 is combined with block patterns. The longitudinal rib helps achieve a sturdy structure as the blocks cannot move when driving, instead, they support each other. The strong structure and three longitudinal centre ribs ensure the excellent handling properties of the Nokian Z G2.
The inner shoulder design facilitates the removal of water from the road surface and, consequently, reduces the risk of aquaplaning. The polished longitudinal grooves also speed up the removal of water from between the tyre and road. Furthermore, the polished grooves give the tyre a stylish, well-finished look.
More safety, carefree and comfortable driving
The Driving Safety Indicator (DSI) on the centre rib indicates the depth of the main grooves. Safe driving in the rain requires good tyre condition. The main grooves must be at least 4 mm deep in order to be able to avoid aquaplaning.
The sidewall has an info field for pressure recommendations. The correct tyre pressure improves car handling, and reduces tyre damage and fuel consumption.
The Nokian Z G2 is completely free of any harmful high-aromatic oils. Like all products manufactured in Nokian Tyres’ plants, the Nokian Z G2 is made using purified oils and with minimal environmental impacts.
Since 1st November, 2012 all tyres made after 1st July, 2012 must show the European Tyre Label.
The European Union has developed this new provision to promote economic and ecological efficiency and ensure road safety.
Disadvantages The Tyre Label can provide an overview and give the customer more transparency, but it only covers three criteria. For an extensive evaluation of a tyre, however, far more performance characteristics are relevant. Especially in the search for suitable winter tyres the test results from different test institutions such as the ADAC are much more stringent.
We'd like to point out that it is the manufacturer that labels the tyre and provides us with this information. If you do not find the label values, either the manufacturer did not inform us of the label, or the product was manufactured before July, 2012. Before that date, tyres had not yet been required to carry a label, so in some cases it is possible to purchase a tyre without a Tyre Label.
The tyres are classified in terms of three performance characteristics:
• Fuel Efficiency (letters A to G)
• Wet Grip (letters A to G)
• External Noise
Finally, it is the driver that determines the fuel consumption. In order to reduce this over the long-term, by being careful during acceleration drivers can become more fuel-efficient and environmentally conscious.
Regularly checking tyre pressure helps to improve rolling resistance, reduces energy loss, and supports optimum adhesion in wet conditions. To reduce the risk of accidents and ensure your and the safety of other road users, always keep a reasonable distance.
More information: http://ec.europa.eu/energy/efficiency/tyres/labelling_en.htm
Choose from our large online selection or ask us for advice. Our experts are happy to help you choose the appropriate tyres from our extensive range of products.
The classification in terms of fuel efficiency is divided into seven classes, from the A-class (the highest) to G-class (the
lowest). A tyre in the A-class consumes 0.1 litres less at 100km than a tyre in the B-class. An essential component for fuel
efficiency is the rolling resistance or rolling friction.
Rolling resistance is the force that opposes motion. It is formed, for example, when a wheel is rolling. Rolling resistance depends not only on the geometry but also on the properties of the material.
Average Average value is between C-E. Class D is not used.
It shows how efficient the vehicle can brake on wet roads. Wet grip is an important feature especially with summer tyres.
Class A has the highest safety and the shortest braking distances. Class F has low security and the longest braking distance.
The wet grip classes are based on test driving on wet roads with a speed of approximately 80 km/h. The difference between the braking distance of the tyres is 3-5 feet per grade. E.g., the difference in braking distance between Class A and Class F are up to 18 metres.
Average The average value of the tyres is between class B-E. Class D and G is not used.
The symbol indicates the external rolling noise in decibels and as a 3 class sound wave symbol to clarify whether the tire can
keep the recommended level. External rolling noise does not correspond to tyre noise inside the compartment.
A continuous sound level above 80 decibel can cause health problems.
Three sound waves symbolize the worst results. These are the tyres that exceed the maximum limit of approval. A symbol of 2 sound waves have noise level that corresponds with the approved sound level. Tyres that are marked with 1 sound wave are over three decibel quieter than the approval.