The Continental VF TractorMaster Hybrid tyre has become the second Continental tyre to win the Deutsche Landwirtschafts-Gesellschaft (DLG) test series, ‘Agricultural tyres for tractors – efficiency assessment of premium tyres’, after the TractorMaster was tested in 2019.
The Continental TractorMaster Hybrid was compared to another hybrid tyre from a reputable manufacturer, and an Improved Flexion (IF) model with a fishbone tread pattern; the DLG said that the hybrid tyres have “great potential in terms of fuel and time savings, by doing the same work faster.”
A standout benefit of the tyre was the improvement in fuel consumption. The VF technology of the hybrid tyre demonstrated the capacity to carry 40% more load at the same pressure as a standard radial tyre, but with the added benefit of improved fuel efficiency.
With a 1.8% fuel saving against the IF tyre, and a 0.4% saving over a competitor hybrid tyre, the Continental VF TractorMaster Hybrid demonstrated high fuel efficiency, for the work carried out in the test, on the field. While the block tread pattern also performed better at uphill work and was well suited for road work.
Benjamin Hübner, product line manager agricultural tyres at Continental Commercial Specialty Tyres, commented on the win: “We are pleased that the test confirmed the premium quality of our tyres. As part of our ‘Vision 2030’ strategy, we aim to further expand our agricultural tyre business. Our VF TractorMaster Hybrid is a good example of how engineering can help agriculture to reduce fuel consumption and the impact of heavy machines on the land.”