New Vredestein Ultrac Shines in Auto Express Summer Tyre Test


Auto Express, one of the UK’s leading motoring magazines, has given the Vredestein Ultrac a ‘Recommended’ accolade in its annual test of summer tyres

Ultrac Secures 'Recommended' Status in Annual Assessment 

The magazine evaluated 10 tyres from other brands and placed the Ultrac first for wet handling performance and third overall, ahead of products from a host of manufacturers including Bridgestone, Goodyear, Continental, Pirelli and Dunlop.

The test focused on summer tyres in the popular 225/45 R17 size category, assessing handling and braking performance in the wet and dry, as well as rolling resistance and noise. Commenting on the Ultrac, which was launched earlier in 2021, Auto Express commented the tyre had shown improvements both in the wet and dry over its predecessor. The performance is pretty well balanced between the two surfaces, with a great win in wet handling.

The magazine added “Front grip was impressive, and was matched by a stable rear that gave the car a great balance through turns.” In conclusion, Auto Express said it was “an impressive debut for the new Ultrac, and that a solid string of results, especially in the wet, helped to put the Ultrac on the podium.”

The Vredestein Ultrac is produced by Apollo Tyres in the NetherlandsVredestein’s innovative R&D team used next-generation tread compound technology to give the new Ultrac 10 per cent better braking than its predecessor on dry and wet surfaces. The tyre benefits from a 50 per cent increase in unique, traction-enhancing silica and resin compounds, combined with multifunctional polymers. Comfort was another key priority, and the company set out to optimise the driver experience. Shock absorption is enhanced by reduced apex height, optimised sidewall construction and increased flex zone to deliver a quieter ride. In addition, the pitch sequence of the tyre has also been optimised at different tyre diameters to increase acoustic comfort.

About the author

Richard Wilson is a correspondent for The Tyreman. Since 2015, Richard has worked as a correspondent for all of the titles across the Valebridge Publications Ltd Group namely: Retreading Business, Tyre & Rubber Recycling, Commercial Tyre Business and Truck and Bus News. Richard has worked on/off from the age of 16 for the company and whilst gaining a Bachelor's Degree in Spanish and Business Studies at Coventry University, he developed his writing skills at the University paper and more recently writing his own independent blog.


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