Winter is just around the corner, here, in Canada, and that means it’s time to install your winter tires on your car. Even though November is pretty late to shop for some tires you still have time before the cold frigid nights and the snow gets here. With that said, when we got the chance to get our hands on the new-for-2021 Hakkapeliitta 10 from Nokian Tyres, we jumped on the occasion.
The new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 is a tire that provides the safety and performance needed for winter driving. Thanks to its innovative technology, it has superior grip on ice and comfortable handling on asphalt, while also being eco-friendly and over the next few months, we’ll find out how true this is.
Nokian Tyres continues to be at the forefront of the tire industry. The company has been known for its innovative approach, and it doesn’t look like they will stop anytime soon. This new tire is a testament to their efforts. Indeed, a unique feature found on the new Hakkapeliitta 10 is the Double Stud Technology.
This technology maximizes performance on the road, as the center studs improve acceleration and braking grip while the shoulder studs maximize grip during turning and lane changes on ice and snow.
“The most important safety feature of a studded winter tire is its performance on ice. Changing lanes on a highway or merging into busy traffic from an icy intersection can be challenging, not to mention black ice, which is equally hazardous,” says Olli Seppälä, Head of R&D at Nokian Tyres.
He added: “In line with our product development philosophy, the new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 maximizes safety in all driving conditions and remains controlled and reliable at the grip limits. Our mission is to keep your journey safe and predictable every day of the winter”
Not only that, but the all-new Nokian also Hakkapeliitta 10 Winter Tire was designed, among other things, to prevent one of the most difficult driving conditions winter can offer, slushplanning. The grooves in the tread of the Hakkapeliitta 10 are designed to effectively remove water and slush between the tire and the road, so you get confident grip even on slippery surfaces.
The Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 product range is made up of over 140 different products, covering sizes from 14 to 22 inches. New this year is the Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 EV, which you probably guessed from the name, is for electric vehicles and hybrids and features the Silent Drive Technology.
Here’s what Hannu Onnela, Senior Development engineer for Nokian Tyres had to say about this technology:
“Electric vehicles are quiet, which makes low rolling noise a question of comfort. As the tire rolls on the road, the tire’s studs and the tread pattern make an impact on the road surface. This impact wakes up the eigenfrequencies of the air cavity inside of the tire and causes an annoying noise peak around 200 Hz. The new Silent Drive Technology absorbs this vibration, resulting in lower noise levels, less interior noise and added driving comfort. Depending on the height of the sidewall and size of the tire, the resonance peak damping effect of the foam can be up to 9 dB.”
I’m looking forward to testing those tires out! Let me go swap my summer tires for those new Nokian Hakkapeliitta 10 and we can start to properly test them. I’ll update you guys over the next few months.