Continental Tire the Americas now offers two medium radial truck tires for construction and severe-duty trucking applications. The Continental HSC1 (Heavy Steer Construction) steer tire’s tread pattern and compound are designed for optimal original mileage with self-cleaning properties, while a three-groove design is built to perform on loose surfaces. A wider tread and shoulder ribs help improve wear and increase performance, while a patented tread pattern and contour help provide reduced stone retention and improved impact resistance. The HSC1 is designed for optimum casing value and long lifetimes, and is available in sizes 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 for load range H, with 12R sizes scheduled for introduction later this year.
An extra-deep drive tire for construction service, the new Continental HDC1 (Heavy Drive Construction) features a full 32/32-inch tread depth and a self-cleaning tread pattern. A heavy-duty compound and aggressive open shoulder design help provide added original mileage and traction, while an optimized contour helps facilitate higher load capabilities with less deformation. The HDC1 also features technologies designed to reduce stone retention, resulting in fewer casing penetrations. The available sizes are also 11R22.5 and 11R24.5 in load range H.
Both the HSC1 and HDC1 use the company’s on-/off-road compounding, which helps increase resistance to tread cuts, chips and chunks while reducing the depth of tread damage. Continental’s proprietary Stable bead construction helps facilitate better structural durability and extended product life, while a four-ply belt with a reinforced second and third belt helps prevent fatigue fractures and withstand highly concentrated pressure.