A condition Michelin says must be fulfilled before it considers a return to Formula 1 tyre supply is the change from the 13-inch tyres now used to an 18-inch size. Therefore, the decision made by the tyre maker and Renault Sport Technologies to evaluate the use of 18-inch tyres in the Formula Renault 3.5 championship – a series it views as a “springboard for drivers looking to reach Formula 1” – could be viewed as Michelin taking a step closer towards picking up where it left off in 2006. The two parties are also looking into using 17-inch tyres in the Formula Renault 2.0 championship.
It’s Friday, and many people will be heading to the pub this evening for a pint or two and something to eat. Those hoping for a meal to remember can increase their chances by picking up a copy of the Michelin Eating Out In Pubs Guide 2015, which was released today and available for £13.99, or €14.99 in Ireland.
Following weak performance in Russia and the CIS region in the third quarter of 2014, Nokian Tyres has revised its operating profit projection for the full year. The Finnish company now estimates operating profit of €300 million to €320 million for 2014, considerably lower than last year’s €385.5 million. Net sales, as per previous guidance, are also expected to fall compared with 2013.
During the course of the recent Brityrex exhibition in Manchester, Chris Dawson, head of sales and marketing at Silverline explained how the company’s latest products are helping it achieve its goals. According to Dawson the Atturo brand, for example, has been “exceptionally well received”, with the company having sold out of certain products and sizes six months earlier than expected – despite computer modelling stock projections. The next goal is to sell 10,000 more units of these niche off-road 4×4 tyres during the next 12 months, a goal that should be “easily achievable”, according to Dawson.
Pirelli will bring its softest tyre compounds yet to the Circuit of the Americas in Texas when it hosts its third Formula One grand prix. The soft compound replaces the hard, with the medium present in both 2012 and 2013. The compounds are designed to cope with the varying demands of the track, which takes in three long straights, but also a number of more technical corners.
Pirelli has announced its title sponsorship of the Offroad British Masters Series in 2015. Run by Offroad Motorsport UK, the Pirelli British Masters Series will be run over six rounds at some of the UK’s top motocross circuits, including Foxhills and HawkstonePark. The manufacturer said it would enhance the availability of rider tuition and prizes for competitors as part of the deal.
Pirelli is to be the main sponsor of the grand finale of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship. Held next weekend in Qatar at the Losail International Circuit, Doha, the last round of the season will take the official name: “Pirelli Qatar Round”. The event is also notable as the first time the Superbike World Championship will take place at night.
ATS Euromaster will mark 50 years in the industry on its largest ever stand at the 2015 Commercial Vehicle Show. Hosted at the NEC, Birmingham, ATS-E has exhibited at consecutive CV Shows for more than 10 years, and will occupy over 25 per cent more space than in 2014. Group Sales Director Peter Fairlie says the extra investment from the business is a combination of celebrating achievement, and growing confidence in the market.
On the back of an expanding original equipment portfolio and higher ultra-high performance tyre sales Hankook Tire has reported increased operating profits and sales in its third quarter, reversing a year-long downward trend. The manufacturer has global sales revenues of 1,250 million euros (KRW 1.72 trillion), with operating profit of 208 million euros (KRW 276 billion).
An article in the Daily Mail on 29 October was entitled ‘Is this the end of the road for spare tyres?’ and focused on new research which revealed that the lack of spare tyres in new cars has led to a ‘huge rise’ in call-outs for breakdown services to deal with punctures in just four years.
James Russell Owen (24), a student at the world-famous Royal College Of Art (RCA), has won the Royal Automobile Club’s ‘Best of British Design’ Award . Owen informally entitled his design ‘Wolseley Voyager’ and took the 1899 Wolseley Voiturette – a fascinating pioneer British motor car – as part of his inspiration.
Randstad has launched an Extended Interval Engine Oil Cleaner ‘Engine Flush’, providing independent garages with a profitable engine service. As engine oil deteriorates, sludge and other contaminants can accumulate within the oil system. These can damage engine components and, during a conventional oil change, become trapped, leading to further contamination of the new oil.
Hemel car mechanic, Vicky Kempton has landed herself a starring role in a series of short films, alongside BBC Formula 1 presenter Suzi Perry. Vicky (37) who works as a technician for Roy Chapman in Berkhamsted, was approached by the Institute of the Motor Industry (IMI) to help with some films to show women drivers how to look after their cars and deal with garages with confidence.
Launch UK has unveiled a new portable power pack that will jump-start a vehicle 20 times before needing to be recharged. In addition to offering charging capabilities for any phone, tablet, or electronic device, the 12000mAh high capacity battery provides major support for vehicle emergency starts and breakdown assistance.
“September marked another stable month with a 6.4 per cent growth for the motorcycle market.” said Stephen Latham, Head of the National Motorcycle Dealers Association (NMDA) which represents motorcycle retailers across the UK. In total, 757 more machines were registered in September 2014 than in September 2013, however it was expected there would have been a higher demand on the back of the new 14-plate change.