Tyre manufacturer, Firestone, said that with the launch of the Performer Extra range of ag-tyres, buyers can expect up to 20% longer tyre life thanks to new design features.

Newly launched to the market this summer, the Performer Extra range is based solidly on its forebear, the popular Firestone Performer 85 and 70 tyres. Biggest change is that it uses an enhanced wear resistance compound that extends the tyre’s life – a fact that also reduces its environmental footprint considerably.

The tyre’s dual-angel lug also improves traction, while an extra load option allows a higher loading capacity than many competitors. They have self-cleaning treads and a flexible casing which helps reduce soil compaction, and improves road handling.

As the Performer and Performer Extra tyre ranges maintain the same dimensions, they are inter-compatible both on the same vehicle and on the same axle. Like the Firestone Performer 85 and 70, the Performer Extra can be fit to most tractors used for agriculture.

Mark Sanders, head of sales agriculture, at parent company, Bridgestone, said: “The Firestone Performer Extra, the latest addition to our popular Performer range, offers all the benefits of its predecessors but now with a significantly longer tyre life – 20% is a huge difference and will be a real cost-saver for the farmers that will choose to make their operations more efficient and sustainable with the Firestone Performer Extra.”

It is being released to the European market in 43 different sizes, ranging from 20-42 inches and was developed in Bridgestone’s European R and D centre in Italy, but produced in the Bridgestone plant in Puente San Miguel, Spain.