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Nokian Designs New Hakkapeliitta LT3 for Heavy-Duty Use

Posted on January 28, 2019
Nokian says the new Hakkapeliitta LT3 has the world's first stainless steel studs to ensure maximum durability due to resisting corrosion from salty roads.
Nokian says the new Hakkapeliitta LT3 has the world's first stainless steel studs to ensure maximum durability due to resisting corrosion from salty roads.

The new Hakkapeliitta LT3 is a premium winter tire with stainless steel studs tailored for heavy-duty use. Nokian Tyres plc says the new stud concept provides extreme grip on slippery conditions and resists corrosion caused by road salt.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is specially developed for demanding winter use offering state-of-the-art safety, driving stability and durability for professional use as well as daily driving.

In addition to the excellent winter properties, strong construction and great mileage, the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 stands out from earlier models thanks to the stud innovations and increased tread depth. Nokian says it completely redesigned the studs on the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 to tailor it for heavy use and harsh winter conditions.

The comprehensive and modern size selection of the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 covers 16 products from 16 to 20 inches with a speed rating Q (160km/h). The tire will be available to consumers during autumn 2019.

The key markets for the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT 3 are the Nordic countries, North America, Central Europe and Russia. The tire will be available with both factory studding and as a non-studded variant. The non-studded Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is developed and tested to offer maximal winter safety in areas where studs are not permitted.

Winter safety

The greatest challenges in wintry weather and hazardous road conditions are braking performance, lack of grip while cornering and changing lanes on snow-packed roads. For heavy vehicles, traction is especially crucial. Nokian Tyres’ renowned Hakkapeliitta winter tires are designed to tackle even the most extreme winter conditions safely and reliably.

Driving on snowy and icy roads with heavy loads can be stressful especially with tires not designed to handle the task. The company says the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 is made for heavy 4X4s and pickup type light trucks and is the perfect companion for plowing roads or towing a trailer during the cold winter months.

Rust resistance for added durability

The Nokian Tyres’ new Arctic stud concept consists of completely new stud model and body material, improving durability in heavy use and tough winter conditions. The studs are made of stainless steel, which adds both style and functionality. The stainless steel studs are corrosion resistant, so the tire is able to withstand salted road conditions longer. While optimizing the top of line winter grip and handling properties, it also keeps the appearance stylish.

- With a new, functional design, the new stud concept offers extreme grip on slippery conditions and more safe kilometers. The anchor stud has a new bottom flange shape and a star-shaped hard metal pin. The stud body is made of stainless steel, which improves durability in demanding use as the stud will not rust. In addition to the new material, the new studs are oriented into the stud hole using the new bottom flange. The new studs are 12.7

- With a new, functional design, the new stud concept offers extreme grip on slippery conditions and more safe kilometers. The anchor stud has a new bottom flange shape and a star-shaped hard metal pin. The stud body is made of stainless steel, which improves durability in demanding use as the stud will not rust. In addition to the new material, the new studs are oriented into the stud hole using the new bottom flange. The new studs are 12.7 millimeters in length making them 2 millimeters longer compared to the previous model. It will take longer for the studs to wear out, explains Tommi Ajoviita, development manager.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 comes with increased tread depth of 13.5 millimeters and the models with a higher load index (>121) with a tread depth of 14.5 mm. Thanks to added tread and increased stud retention the tire offers more durability and better mileage.

Durable structure with improved mileage

Powerful and heavy vehicles demand a lot from tires. Tires must be strong and firm in order to keep the tall, heavy vehicle stable in challenging conditions. The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 comes with a strong LT body structure, which actively manages high wheel loads precisely and safely. The strong body structure is also used to optimize the durability required by varying road conditions.

The great durability is complemented by extremely tear and cut resistant tread compound. Developed specifically for heavy-duty use, the Arctic Grip compound offers excellent mileage, cut resistance and durability.

The tire also features a new, aggressive tread pattern to effectively remove snow and slush between the tire and the road. The design of the tread center improves stability and steering response, while the tailored siping offers excellent traction and cornering grip. The new arrow-shaped pattern features deeper grooves for added slushplaning resistance and self-cleaning capability when driving in deep snow. Compared to the previous model, Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT2, the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 has been substantially improved in ice and snow handling and grip. The Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 also features improved grip on wet and slushy conditions.

Added protection for longer service life

As with all its SUV and light truck products, Nokian Tyres incorporated its revolutionary Aramid Sidewall technology into the Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3. Sidewall damage usually requires purchasing and fitting a replacement tire. The Aramid Sidewall technology offers a new type of durability and protection for demanding driving conditions. The strong, synthetic Aramid fiber used in the tire sidewall compound reinforces the tire sidewall. The fiber makes the tire more resistant to impacts and cuts that could otherwise easily break it. Accidental tire damage can incur a high cost, but the Aramid sidewall that protects the tire from lateral impacts may even prevent the damage altogether.

- Winter weather offers many challenges for drivers, from snow and ice covered roads to large cracks and potholes formed from the freeze and thaw conditions that weaken and damage asphalt. The added durability and safety provided by the Aramid Sidewalls helps drivers enjoy more carefree moments behind the wheel and avoid dangerous and costly tire damage, says Ajoviita.

Patented safety

For added safety, the tread contains a Winter Safety Indicator (WSI) patented by Nokian Tyres.

Combined with a snowflake symbol, the indicator displays the remaining tread depth as percentage. The snowflake symbol or remains visible to a groove depth of four millimeters. Once the snowflake has worn out, we recommend purchasing new winter tires in order to ensure sufficient safety.

The location and pressure indicators on the information area also improve safety and provide peace of mind. The information area allows for recording the correct inflation pressure and installation location when changing the tires. Comfort and safety are further improved by an additional section that can be used to record the tightening torque of bolts.

The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta LT3 completes the modernized Nokian Hakkapeliitta winter tire family. The versatile Nokian Hakkapeliitta family includes novelties for passenger cars, SUVs and vans alike.

Related Topics: consumer tires, passenger tires, winter tires

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