Bridgestone staff test RE002 Adrenalin tyre
Bridgestone’s training and marketing departments have taken part in an informal testing session of the brand’s latest premium product at the Prestwold Driving Centre in Leicestershire. Members of Bridgestone’s technical team presented the tyre to colleagues in an informal approach, which, according to the company, allowed staff to “feel the difference” between the Potenza Adrenalin RE002 and competitor products. Bridgestone is targeting the sport replacement market with the tyre, which it says is tuned mainly for dry performance.
Bridgestone’s field engineer Kirk Walker described the day’s events: “Once the drivers had sampled the handling circuit and different products, they were then in a position to take the information and feed it back to their customers, who might be wondering where the RE002 fits in our product line-up. Technical department staff provided support with design of the circuit, set-up and tyre fitments of test vehicles and the overall running of the event.”
For dry handling, Bridgestone says it has designed a tread with large, stiff outer blocks with a 3D connection between shoulder and adjacent rib, giving the tyre an improved cornering ability. Road grip and sporty manoeuvring are enhanced by the wide offset rib design with grooved edge and waved centre block.
Kirk added: “The Adrenalin is tuned for dry performance while giving drivers all the wet security they need in European weather conditions. For this Bridgestone has applied its new ‘pulse’ groove and deflector technology. This breaks the water film faster in front of the footprint and deflects it away from under the tyre, increasing resistance to hydroplaning.
“At the end of the day, all those who took part agreed that by fitting the RE002 to a mostly standard car, they could transform the handling and sharpness without the need for costly suspension and chassis modifications.”