Michelin Alpin 5 – Outstanding security due to the innovative tehnology
A high level of safety is in focus: When developing the new MICHELIN Alpin 5, the objective was reaching a high level of safety under all winter.
Two core technologies for optimum winter performance
The new resdesignedtread pattern ensures special features:
The "teeth effect", allows the tyre to "bite" in the snow and so to better resist aquaplaning
The new premium tire has a directional tread, an arrow-shaped profile, as well as specially designed tread blocks with high negative proportion. This makes the tyre to press in the snow, causing a sort of "teeth effect". Thanks to the realignment of the side channels, the water is efficiently derived aside, reducing the risk of aquaplaning significantly.
Claw effect for more traction on snow
The slats act like thousands of tiny claws that snag on the ground and produce traction. This effect is all the more effective when the tire has a high number of slats. MICHELIN Alpin 5 has, compared to its predecessor in size 205/55 R16 over more that 12% tread pattern and 16% more slats. Also the tread's negative proportion is increased by 17%.
Contact surface effect for a better steering precision
The "StabiliGrip" tehnology ensures a special tread which allows
higher steering precision. The larger the contact area on the ground, the better the grip.
Because the tyre deforms at each wheel rotation, the Michelin engineers have specifically designed the tread pattern so that the sipes in the tread block block themselves. Efect: the tread block remains stable despite its sipes, which ensures a high steering precision.
The new rubber compound also has excellent properties on dry and wet surfaces and on snow:
The high silica content in the rubber compound ensures better grip on dry and wet roads. For the first time in the production of a winter tyre, Michelin utilised the inovative "Tread Compound Technology" and included functional elastomers (synthetic rubber) in the material compund.
These functional elastomers allow a very homogeneous rubber mixture with a higher silica content and thus provide better grip on wet and snowy roads, without compromising the energy efficiency of the tire.
In addition, the new rubber compound also includes Michelin's fourth generation of "Helio Compound Technology". Through the use of sunflower oil, the tyre performance is optimized even at very low temperatures.