London-based Sonic Rail Services (SRS) is one of the first operators in the UK to enjoy the benefits of Michelin’s latest X Multi HD D tyres.
The rail infrastructure business is trialling the 315/80 R22.5 fitments on its flagship Volvo FH16 750 tractor unit and plans to roll out the tyres across the remainder of its heavy fleet.
Designed to be the most robust tyre in the market for versatile applications requiring a combination of high mileage potential and traction, the X Multi HD D – HD stands for heavy-duty and D for drive – is proving a great solution for SRS.
Jon Vincent, SRS Fleet Maintenance Manager said: “In our line of work, one minute we are on the roads and the next we’re pulling on to a construction site. Traction can be a real issue for us. But it’s hard to justify fitting our trucks with specialised construction tyres as we risk losing the exceptional on-road performance we value.
“Our FH16 750 was originally specified with a competitor’s construction tyre, but we were really struggling with grip on the road, so we changed to the X Multi HD D following advice from our local Michelin account manager.
“With these new tyres you get the best of both worlds. They seem to run well on all surfaces.”
The X Multi HD D was launched earlier this year – marking the first time Michelin has offered a dedicated heavy-duty drive tyre within its regional tyre range.
The robust fitments are ideal for operators such as SRS, that carry heavy loads and are required to travel on more aggressive surfaces during the final mile of their collections or deliveries.
Key to the X Multi HD D’s impressive performance credentials are the latest Michelin technologies including Powercoil – strong steel casing cables which help to make each tyre lighter yet more robust – leading to better endurance and reduced rolling resistance.
Other technologies built into the tyres include an innovative tread design featuring optimised robust tread blocks, half depth sipes and stone ejectors to improve the tyre’s service life and offer additional protection from accidental damage. A reinforced sipe design also provides optimised grip by maintaining tread block rigidity.