Mitas Tyres on Tractor Drag-Racing Champion
A “New Bufalo” Landini tractor fitted with Mitas 65 series tyres won the classic Italian tractor-pulling contest held in San Pancrazio, near Parma on 12 September 2010. The 14 teams featuring such poetic names as Baby Tornado (second), Cobrabite (fifth) and Speedy (last) met for the 11th time since 1999 to match their power tractors in this “nerves of steel” battle for primacy.
“This extreme tractor sport is electrifying,” said Gaetano Mellia of CGS Pneumatici Italia. CGS Tyres produces Mitas-brand tractor tyres. “Unlike in other sports, the sportsmen compete with end-user machines driving on end-user tyres with the lugs cut off. The tractor’s horsepower preserved by the tyre is one secret ingredient of victory.”
According to CGS Tyres, which reportedly has a 28 per cent market share in agricultural tyres in Europe, there has been an overall change in the utilisation of tractors in recent years. “Increasingly, we see tractors being used to ship produce from the field to the processing plant. This requires the tyres to provide other features in addition to strong traction. Driving high-power tractors on paved roads may be as wild as tractor-pulling or it can be a calm experience when driving Mitas,” Mellia added.
Footage from a recent tractor pulling event
The winning “New Bufalo” Landini tractor belongs to Argo Tractors Group, and the rear Mitas tyres mounted were size 600/65 R 28 RD-03.