TIVOLI, Italy (Oct. 27, 2014) — Trelleborg Wheel Systems S.p.A. will be an official partner for a Massey Ferguson tractor expedition to the South Pole in November.
“Antarctica 2014” is a 1,560-mile expedition that will feature “Tractor Lady” Manon Ossevoort driving a MF 5600 tractor to the South Pole with a team of polar specialists.
Trelleborg said it developed a special multi-purpose set of complete wheels, both tires and rims for the expedition to enable the MF 5600 tractor to survive the severe weather conditions of the Antarctic.
“We decided to join Massey Ferguson in this adventure because the demanding conditions of Antarctica require flotation at extremely low pressure, grip and traction as well as reduced fuel consumption. The conditions require the ultimate degree of performance from agricultural tires and rims, taking the level of tire performance to the absolute extreme,” said Piero Mancinelli, R&D director agricultural and forestry tires at Trelleborg Wheel Systems.
“To cope with diverse ice and snow conditions varying from low to extremely low temperatures, tires need to boost grip through ultra-deflection of the carcass and widening the footprint as much as possible, at very low pressures. This, coupled with being well fixed with zero-slippage on the rim, reduces fuel consumption as well as securing reliability and comfort over the long run. In other words, a ‘super agricultural' tire and rim was required,” he said.