NASHVILLE, Tenn. ― Bridgestone Americas Inc. has launched a Firestone-brand SmartWay-verified trailer tire, the FT492, for long- and regional-haul service applications.
Available in five sizes, the Firestone FT492 tire is California Air Resources Board (CARB) compliant and features a fuel-efficient tread design to promote low rolling resistance.
The tire is engineered with tough sidewall protection and a wide tread footprint, the company said.
"Long-haul and regional fleets demand a lot from their tires," said Ben Johnson, director of marketing, truck and bus radial, U.S. and Canada, Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations (BATO).
"The Firestone FT492 tire is uniquely designed with the latest technological advancements to achieve long-lasting tread wear to help deliver the performance demanded by fleets. This newest offering reinforces our commitment at Bridgestone to help make mobility more efficient for fleets of all sizes and vocations."
The Firestone FT492 tire is engineered for single- and tandem-axle trailer applications and offers a wide footprint to promote even wear and retreadability.
The tire is designed to be paired with a Bandag retread to optimize its full performance potential by extending casing life and lowering the total cost of tire ownership, Bridgestone said.
Other features include:
- Thick sidewall ribs to reduce curb damage and protect the casing;
- Patented NanoPro-Tech polymer technology to reduce energy loss for improved rolling resistance;
- A tread pattern designed to provide traction in wet conditions and promote uniform pressure across the tire to minimize edge wear for long tread life; and
- An optimized belt package for casing durability and reduced tire weight.
The Firestone FT492 is available in the U.S. and Canada in the 295/75R22.5 size.
Sizes 11R22.5, 11R22.4, 285/75R24.5 and 255/70R22.5 will be available in November.