Matador brand with long tradition, wide portfolio and reliable performance. Increased protection against aquaplaning. Fits perfectly for example to Skoda Octavia, Seat Leon and Audi A3.
Increased protection against aquaplaning
Good cornering stability and excellent handling
Pleasantly quiet driving
Increased protection against aquaplaning. Wide grooves running around the tyre displace water quickly and increase protection against aquaplaning.
Good cornering stability and excellent handling. Closed tread blocks on the inner and outer shoulders create good stability when cornering. Rigid bands running around the tyre increase tread stability. This results in excellent handling.
Pleasantly quiet driving. The computer-optimised tread pattern generates an even, smooth contact with the road surface. As a result the tyre is pleasantly quiet.
Index speed V (up to 270 km / h). Second generation of summer high-speed asymmetric tyre designated for operation of passenger vehicles at the most demanding segment of tyres – ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE.
The MATADOR tyre sold under the marketing name MP 46 HECTORRA 2 represents the second generation of summer high-speed asymmetric tread, designed for passenger vehicles and for the most demanding tyre segment – ULTRA HIGH PERFORMANCE. The novel tyre will be introduced to the market with the complete size range – in the summer season of 2008.
Application of the UHP tyre MP 46 HECTORRA 2
The MP 46 HECTORRA 2 Tyre tread is designed for higher and luxury class vehicles with ultra high performance for summer application. Its designation for operation on high performance automobiles at high speeds is based on its excellent braking properties and reliable maneuverability on wet as well as dry surfaces, as well as its high resistance to aquaplaning. Operational safety of these high-performance cars is one of the most important criteria for designing this segment of tyres.
MATADOR will introduce the MP46 to the UHP market segment in the following sizes 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20”, in the highest performance categories: V up to 240 km/h, W up to 270 km/h and Y up to 300 km/h.
Features of the MP 46 HECTORRA 2 tyre tread
Compared to its predecessor – MP45, the asymmetrical tyre tread pattern based on modern design offers better maneuverability and safety for high performance and sports drivers on dry and wet road surfaces.
The tread design is crafted in an innovative way – in an effort to minimize the so-called whistling effect. An asymmetrical tread pattern splits the tyre to inner and outer zones, whereas each zone has its specific function at high speeds and when driving on wet surfaces. When mounting the tyres, attention must be paid to correct orientation of the tyre – assisted by the “outer” sign on the tyre wall – indicating the outer zone of each tyre.
HECTORRA 2 follows the latest trends in tyre design and consistent with all new products of MATADOR it is equipped by innovative information elements on the tyre wall indicating the residual life of the tyre and position of the tyre on the automobile.
EU Tyre Label and Efficiency Classes
The European Union has introduced the EU Tyre Label by Regulation (No. 1222/2009) identically and bindingly for all EU member states. It applies to passenger car tyres, light commercial vehicle tyres and heavy commercial vehicle tyres produced after 01.07.2012.
Three different areas are tested: rolling resistance, wet grip and the rolling noise the tyre makes on the road.
The following are not affected by the EU Tyre Label: retreaded tyres, professional off-road tyres, racing tyres, tyres with additional devices to improve traction such as spiked tyres, T-type emergency tyres, special tyres for fitting to vehicles first registered before 1 October 1990, tyres with a maximum authorised speed of 80 km/h, tyres for rims with a nominal diameter of 254 mm or less or 635 mm or more.
With this regulation, the European Union is pursuing the goal of promoting economic and ecological efficiency in road traffic as well as increasing road safety on the one hand, and on the other hand, granting consumers more product transparency and at the same time serving as an active decision-making aid.
Already during the incorporation, experts criticise the fact that the EU Tyre Label unfortunately only shows a few product characteristics. Apart from rolling resistance, wet grip and rolling noise, which are the main focus of EU tyre labelling, tyres have much more important and safety-relevant product characteristics, such as aquaplaning properties, driving stability, service life, braking properties on dry and wet roads, behaviour in wintry conditions, etc.
Tyre manufacturers point out that test results from various institutions and journals remain an important information medium for the end consumer. These tests usually focus on further safety-relevant product characteristics besides the EU standard qualifications for tyre labelling, which are always important for the final customer.
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