UK News

British firm wins multi-year Japanese Super Formula transmissions contract

British firm wins multi-year Japanese Super Formula transmissions contract

British parts supplier Ricardo has announced a multi-year deal as the sole source of racing transmissions for the Japanese Super Formula series. Mark Barge, managing director, Ricardo Performance Products comments: “Ricardo has a long standing relationship within Japanese motorsport further underpinning our reputation for designing, manufacturing and assembling high performance racing transmissions, combining technology and quality to provide highly competitive and highly durable transmission solutions to our partners around the world.”

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International News

Falken veteran sales VP retires, executive roles shuffled

11 year Falken Tire Corp veteran, sales vice president Bruce Ware has retired, completing a tyre industry career of more than 30 years, reports US magazine Tire Review. Current vice president of marketing, Andrew Hoit will move into Ware’s position.

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Motorsport

Hankook Ventus Race, Race Plus set for DTM 30th anniversary year

Hankook Ventus Race, Race Plus set for DTM 30th anniversary year

2014 marks touring car series DTM’s 30th anniversary, and exclusive tyre supplier Hankook will again equip teams with two models of Ventus racing tyre. The Korean manufacturer says that enhanced vehicles and new regulations promise great excitement, while new races in Hungary and China add new challenges for participants. Each car will use both tyres, with a single pit stop, meaning the softer Ventus Race Plus can only be used for a maximum of half the racing distance. Hankook has completed its winter testing programme for the series and is satisfied by the results.

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Retreading News

Kraiburg showing 50 years of history plus new designs in Essen

Kraiburg showing 50 years of history plus new designs in Essen

Kraiburg Austria reports that it will be both celebrating five decades of history as well as present its latest products when it appears at the 2014 Reifen exhibition in Essen, Germany. Situated in the company’s now familiar location in the Galeria, Kraiburg will be showing a new and slightly larger stand.

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Product News

Evo Corse presents X3MA Zero wheel

Evo Corse presents X3MA Zero wheel

Evo Corse has introduced a new lightweight aluminium alloy wheel, the X3MA Zero, available in size 15×8”. With racing pedigree, the manufacturer says the wheel features better handling, acceleration, and cooling during braking, as well as high stiffness and strength. Available from May 2014 for BMW, VW and Ford applications, the 6.1kg wheel will be […]

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Career Tracks

Sailun appoints senior product marketing manager for Europe

Sailun appoints senior product marketing manager for Europe

Sailun Tyres has expanded its European team with the appointment of Michael Eckert as senior product marketing manager (Europe). Eckert has more than 18 years’ tyre industry experience that covers various roles at Michelin and, most recently, Hankook. These positions include a number of senior roles related to truck tyres, racing and motorsport teams and responsibility for original equipment.

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Legislation

Commercial vehicle wheels classed as ‘safety critical item’ in EU law

Commercial vehicle wheels classed as ‘safety critical item’ in EU law

Motor Wheel Service Distribution’s (MWSD) commercial vehicle wheel safety campaign has been successfully incorporated in the new European Union (EU) Roadworthiness Package, which will become law in May 2014. The new law, adopted by both the European Parliament and European Council, states: “compatibility between parts and components, such as between wheels and wheel hubs, should be treated as a critical safety item and should be checked during roadworthiness testing.”

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