has been selected by Mercedes-Benz AG as the development partner for tyres for
its technology programme, the Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX.
futuristic electric vehicle (EV) is the car manufacturer’s answer to making EVs
more efficient and increasing electric range to a new level. Bridgestone
engineers collaborated with Mercedes-Benz to create custom-designed tyres that
have contributed to increasing the vehicle’s efficiency and thus driving range
to a real-world 1,000km – from Sindelfingen, Germany to Cassis, France – on a
designed bespoke Turanza Eco tyres that combine its proprietary and lightweight
Enliten Technology to reduce tyre rolling resistance and weight by up to 20% ,
along with its ologic technology designed to enhance battery range by means of
a large tyre diameter to reduce rolling resistance, and a narrow tyre width to
reduce aerodynamic resistance.
collaboration with Mercedes-Benz’s aerodynamic department, the tyre also comes
with optimised sidewalls and a bead area design that match the covers mounted
on the 20-inch, forged-magnesium wheels, greatly improving the tyre’s
tyres were developed using Bridgestone’s virtual tyre modelling and simulation
capabilities, which enable a digital version of an in-development tyre to be
created and tested. Using this technology means that development time was cut
leveraged the virtual environment for a large part of the development process,
enabling prediction of how the tyre would perform in different conditions
before physically building it. The increased flexibility offered by virtual
tyre development enables Bridgestone to test far more variants of a given tyre,
thanks to the speed at which modifying a tyre’s digital twin and immediately
testing it can take place. Additionally, this virtual tyre development delivers
multiple environmental benefits, as both natural resource use and exhaust
emissions are cut, thanks to a lower number of prototypes that need to be
produced and tested.
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