Showing its commitment since 1914 to making 4WD tyres that last, Cooper Tires have used Australia’s harsh terrain as a testing ground for developing improvements to its current range and prototypes of its new 4WD tyres.
Tyres are put through a variety of rigorous tests that are designed to research and analyse specific attributes such as grip, strength, mileage. The tyres as well as feedback from Australia’s Cooper tyre specialists are then sent back to Cooper in America for further analysis and development to ensure the tyres perform just as well in the harsh Australian conditions as what they do at Cooper's Texas testing facility.
It is this ongoing research and development, which lies at the core of Cooper’s commitment to making tyres that last, that played an integral role in the development of Cooper’s ATR, S/T and ST-C and continues today with Cooper’s S/TMAXX and A/T3.
Trip across Australia and back tests Cooper’s ATR prototype
With the development of a replacement for its all-terrain tyre, Cooper Tires wanted to make sure the ATR performed better than its popular forerunner, the Cooper A/T. Cooper fitted a Nissan Navara with a prototype set of ATR’s and sent it across Australia from Byron Bay to Cape Cuvier and back again via the Gunbarrel Highway, the Pilbara Region and the Simpson Desert. Testing showed the new ATR performed faultlessly in all conditions, giving more grip offroad and 26.7% more mileage than the Cooper AT.
With the release of the new A/T3 further testing was conducted to improve on the ATR. Testing results have shown that the A/T3 has improved in all categories. The range of the categories that the testing was conducted were Flint Cut and Chip, Wet Handling, Wet Braking, Dry Handling as well as Dry Braking. The results are in and the A/T3 has excelled in each area not only against the ATR but also against competitior brands which were also tested.
|Cooper fitted a Nissan Navara with a prototype set of ATR’s and sent it across Australia|
Did you know that Cooper’s New S/TMAXX was tested in Australia’s Outback?
While America is recognised as the world leader in 4WD tyre design, many tyres are designed for American conditions only. To show its commitment to making 4WD tyres that last, America's Cooper Tires responded to an 'Aussie Wish List'. Cooper Tires identified drivers in Australia, Argentina and South Africa share similar harsh terrain and road conditions and experience similiar damage to all-terrain tyres.
After a year of intense research and development, Cooper produced the first of its optimum outback tyres - the Sure Trac. The Sure Trac quickly became one of the most popular all-terrain tyres available on the market for 4WDrivers who adventure off-road but do as much mileage on bitumen.
Further feedback from Australia, Argentina and South Africa on the performance of Cooper's Sure Trac determined that further development of the tyre could help it excel even more in those harsh outback conditions.
TEST 1: S/T-C is developed
Cooper’s Research and Development Department analysed tyres sent from Australia and Marty Degyansky, Cooper’s International Technical Manager, came over to experience Australia’s harsh outback terrain first-hand. After Marty returned to America, Cooper designed the ST-C anti-cut and anti-chip compound tyre. Cooper kept the proven outback tread design of the Sure Trac (S/T) but made selective changes to the compound to increase cut, chip and lug tear resistance by up to 90% and added additional under-tread reinforcing to resist stone and rock penetrations.
|The Cooper ST-C is a special addition to the Sure Trac (S/T) range for drivers who do the majority of their driving on Australia’s coarse, rocky outback roads.|
TEST 2: S/T Replacement - Prototype Development
Cooper Tires’ Light Truck Product Manager, John Pecoraro joined Australia’s Cooper 4WD tyre specialists on a trip from Adelaide via the Flinders Ranges and Oodnadatta Track to Uluru to evaluate our harsh outback conditions first-hand. One year later, four identical Toyota Landcruisers were fitted with Cooper’s S/T-C and two prototype S/T replacement tyres and driven over the same routes. The aim, to evaluate the performance of each compound and tread pattern on the same terrain using the same tyre pressures and the same vehicles.
TEST 3: Testing the final improved S/T prototype
Cooper Tires’ engineers returned one more time. This time with near final designs and three different compounds to test once again over the same country. This time even more vigorous testing was completed in some of the harshest conditions in the outback. Never before has such rigorous prototype testing of any All-Terrain tyre been completed in Australia. Additionally, Cooper completed more than 2 million kilometres of test track, road and laboratory testing to ensure the S/TMAXX is Cooper’s best ever heavy duty all-terrain tyre.'
|America's Cooper Product Marketing Manager John Pecoraro joined Australia’s Cooper 4WD tyre specialists on a trip from Adelaide via the Flinders Ranges and Oodnadatta Track to Uluru to test improvements to the Cooper Sure Trac.|