Audi R8 to Drive on Dunlop tyres
Dunlop has been selected as an OE supplier for Audi’s R8. The German sports coupe (dubbed by Audi the “slowest car we’ve ever built” due to its labour intensive, non-production line manufacture) will receive two top of the range Dunlop products, the UHP Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT and for the upcoming winter season the Dunlop Winter Sport 3D.
The SP Sport Maxx GT summer tyre is designed to provide superior grip and steering precision, excellent high-speed and cornering stability and great handling capabilities, combined with exceptional road feedback. The Audi R8 will be equipped with the Dunlop SP Sport Maxx GT in size 235/35 ZR 19 for the front axle and in size 295/30 ZR 19 on the rear. For the colder months Audi has chosen the Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D. The R8 will be equipped with sizes 235/35 R19 or 235/40 R 18 for the front axle and 285/35 R 18 or 295/30 R 19 at the rear. The SP Winter Sport 3D, says Dunlop, provides excellent grip and braking performance on snow-covered and wet roads.
“It’s extremely rewarding to see that Audi has decided to equip its prestigious 420 PS sports car R8 with Dunlop’s top summer and winter products,” said Frédéric Schilling, brand director of Dunlop Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Both Dunlop and Audi have always been driven by an enormous passion for motor sport. With the Dunlop Sport Maxx GT drivers of the powerful R8 will have the right equipment to fully enjoy the car’s enormous performance during summer. The Dunlop SP Winter Sport 3D, which has won several recent winter tyre tests, is the logical winter tyre choice for such a high performance car.”