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Posted on 10 Apr 2019

Think a tyre’s just a black rubber hoop? Might be time to check your knowledge of the gear you rely on to safely reach your destination, even during a storm or blizzard.

The experts at ŠKODA’s chassis development department specialise in the development and testing of new tyres. Tyres are always individually designed for a specific vehicle in collaboration with independent manufacturers.

Tyres provide a point of contact between the car and the road, determining whether you reach your destination safely and in time or end up in a ditch. Over the past twenty years, tyres have been extensively developed. Experts from Mladá Boleslav have played a role here, with the team developing new tyres in cooperation with individual suppliers.

The experts at ŠKODA do not see a tyre as one seamless object, but as an intricate piece of equipment with a complex internal structure. 

Tyres for ŠKODAs are imported from several countries, but the experts in Mladá Boleslav always have the last word. Every type of tyre is subject to extensive testing and assessment. In the Czech Republic, tests are carried out on ordinary roads, VW test tracks, and at reputable companies, such as Continental, Goodyear, Michelin and Bridgestone. Tyres destined for use on race cars are trialled at the famous Nürburgring race track.

ŠKODA is thought to be very particular by tyre manufacturers. It is not unusual for there to be up to eight rounds of feedback before the developers finally approve a tyre for production. Consequently, every ŠKODA OCTAVIA, FABIA, SUPERB, KODIAQ, KAROQ and SCALA is supplied to dealers with tyres specifically designed for that particular vehicle.

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