Italian bicycle tire manufacturer Vittoria Industries recently announced that it is launching a new range of products employing a second generation of its graphene-filler technology. The graphene supplier is assumed to be Perpetuus Carbon, as the two companies signed a long-term supply agreement for graphene materials.
It was said that while the first-generation generally enhanced the performance of tires, the new 2.0 graphene is functionalized to improve specific tire performances, targeting metrics like speed, wet grip, durability and puncture resistance.
Vittoria mentions that graphene interacts with rubber by filling the space in between the rubber molecules, which has been verified to increase all positive performance metrics.
In the past, Vittoria worked with Directa Plus on graphene-enhanced wheel and tire applications.