Developed at a dedicated agricultural tyre research and development facility in Lousado, Portugal, the VF uses patented N.flex technology, which improves impact absorption and helps the tyre return to its original form after heavy use.
Main features include a more flexible side wall, which enables the vehicle to carry a 40% higher load on the road than a standard tyre at the same pressure.
Pressures can be lowered by a similar percentage in the field, even when carrying the same load, which says the firm, spreads the weight of the vehicle over a larger surface area and reduces soil compaction.
Time and fuel savings are claimed by the more flexible construction, which makes it possible to travel on the road at the reduced pressure required in the field.
“These tyres deliver what farmers need; the opportunity to drive to a job and start work without having to change tyre pressures,” said Richard Hutchins, Continental UK sales manager, “and represents the biggest fundamental shift in tyre design for years.”
Available for both tractors and combines, the new tyres will be launched at Agritechnica and the first VFs will be in the UK in February.