In August 2014, tire manufacturer Mitas announced its plans to pair “the best of both worlds” with a concept tire that borrows elements from traditional tires and rubber tracks. Now, the company reports it has reached a new milestone as it begins field testing.
Mitas says the tire, called PneuTrac, has a larger footprint and better tractive force when compared to standard and IF agricultural tires. Field testing through 2016 will allow the company to further measure and compare characteristics of the tire, according to Andrew Mabin, Mitas sales and marketing director.
“The footprint and traction force of Mitas PneuTrac and rubber tracks are superior to those of traditional pneumatic tires,” Mabin says. “The most important PneuTrac benefits are a larger footprint, greater tractive force and also higher lateral stability at a lower inflation pressure when compared with the standard tire. The next step is to compare PneuTrac and rubber tracks and see how close they will come.”
The PneuTrac tire is expected to launch commercially by the end of 2017.