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SSR – The self supporting runflat tire

Spare wheel: minus. Stowage: plus.

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

Quickfacts

  • Drive up to 80 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/h in the event of puncture
  • 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 tires, which still keeps the tires 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 tire from slipping off the rim, which makes a spare tire obsolete. Not having to carry a spare tire 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 tire repair is not allowed.



Technical requirements:

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



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Technical details

An SSR tire 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 up to 80 km at a maximum speed of 80 km/h.

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

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