Cooper launches Discover S/T MAXX extreme off-road tyre. The new compound and tread succeeds the popular Discoverer STT, which had become the rubber of choice for global adventurers thanks to its superb ability to handle conditions from the icy cold of Siberia to the rocky deserts of Africa.
The new product is undergoing its first serious test, as the rugged tyres are fitted to the Toyota Land Cruiser 150 of legendary Spanish racer, Xavier Foj, in the 2012 Dakar Rally. Acknowledged as the world’s toughest motorsport endurance challenge, the Dakar takes competitors through 9000km of car-breaking terrain in Argentina, Chile and Peru. Foj is using Cooper tyres for the third year running, ahead of the S/T MAXX’s full European launch in February.
Cooper’s proven, class-leading ArmorTek3 construction gives the new Discoverer S/T MAXX strong durability by delivering strength to the sidewall and tread area. A uniquely-angled ply construction helps to absorb and disperse impact forces that could otherwise cause damage when travelling in harsh off-road conditions. The large tread area provides superior grip while the alternating rib pattern helps with the discharge of loose stones. The design allows for the fitment of studs for extreme icy conditions. The Discoverer S/T MAXX’s design also provides good ride quality on the road, delivering comfort and confidence in equal measure.
Nigel Hampson, sales and marketing director of Cooper Tire Europe, said of the company’s new tyre, 'Our Discoverer range already features some of the most respected 4x4 tyres and the S/T MAXX adds to this. It really gives off-road enthusiasts what they want – superb grip in extreme conditions as well as strong durability and a predictable, comfortable ride when on the road.'
The Discoverer S/T MAXX is M+S rated and available in sizes ranging from 16 to 18 inch. Cooper Tire & Rubber Company Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of the Cooper Tire & Rubber Company of Findlay, Ohio, USA, has more than a century’s experience at the leading edge of tyre technology. Cooper produces a full range of tyres for passenger car and 4x4 applications under the Cooper and Avon brand names, together with Avon motorcycle tyres.
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