If a conventional tyre loses air, its shape begins to deform on the wheel rim, generating heat that destroys the tyre within a very short time. As early as 1970, Sumitomo Rubber Industries found a solution to combat the problem, and launched the world’s first runflat tyre with ‘limp-home mode’. Runflat tyres have reinforced sidewalls that reduce deformation if the tyre sustains damage or a puncture; they can thus continue to be driven for at least a further 80 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/h. Falken Runflat Tyres combine this ‘limp-home’ mode with top performance in all areas. Incidentally, manufacturers specify that runflat tyres must be used with a tyre pressure monitoring system, because the tyres are so effective that drivers may not actually notice their tyre has a puncture. (Vehicle must have a tyre pressure monitoring system).
Our NEO-TO1 manufacturing process is used to create a new generation of extended mobility technology that offer the benefits of run flat tyres with added refinement and lighter weight. These tyres are identifiable by a distinct FEXM logo on the sidewall.