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SSR – The self supporting runflat tyre

Spare wheel: minus. Stowage: plus.

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The SSR system is a runflat technology developed by Continental especially for low section tyres, which still keeps the tyres compatible with all standard rims.

Quickfacts

 

  • No spare wheel necessary
  • Compatible with conventional rims
  • Fuel efficient (weight of 4 SSR tyres < 5 standard tyres)
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About the technology

The SSR system is a runflat technology developed by Continental especially for low section tyres, which still keeps the tyres compatible with all standard rims.

The SSR principle is based on a self-supporting reinforced sidewall. In case of a puncture, this prevents the sidewall from being crushed between the rim and the road, and the tyre from slipping off the rim, which makes a spare tyre obsolete. Not having to carry a spare tyre means a reduction in weight, which improves fuel efficiency. It also adds up to 80 litres of free space in the trunk. Fitting on four positions is highly recommended, if not yet mandatory by law and a tyre repair is not allowed.



Technical requirements:

  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) mandatory
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) recommended



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Technical details

An SSR tyre has a reinforced sidewall which in the event of a puncture, prevents the sidewall from being crushed and ensures the driver can continue driving for a short distance at a low speed.

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When a puncture occurs with a standard tyre the sidewall can become crushed between the rim and the road causing a potentially dangerous situation like a blowout or the tyre slipping off the rim.

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