With its many corners, the 3.931km Moscow Raceway is one of the slower tracks on the DTM calendar. The fastest passage is the almost 900 metre home straight, where race cars reach a top speed of just on 250km/h. On the counter-clockwise track, Hankook’s race tyres come under a heavy load on the cars’ right side, but this has no impact on the performance of the tyre. “The team engineers correct this, for instance, by making different adjustments to the air pressure on the left and right sides depending on the load. The highest tyre wear occurs on the right front, but our Ventus Race withstood this impressively over the last years,” explains Hankook’s DTM race engineer Thomas Baltes.
The North American Tire & Retread Expo will add a tyre recycling section – “Tire Recycling World” – on a permanent basis from the 2016 edition of the show. The next show will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on 19-21 April, 2016 in New Orleans. Related news: 2016 North American Tire […]
British Touring Car Championship organiser TOCA has awarded a technical partner contract to the RML Group for the supply of the specified chassis, suspension and associated components. The Wellingborough-based RML Group is widely regarded as one of the world’s leading touring car design and engineering companies.
Leading alloy and steel wheel distributor Wheelwright has evolved its programme with a comprehensive range of TPMS products, falling in line with the ever changing landscape of wheel and tyre legislation. Wheelwright’s alloy and steel wheels are “TPMS-fit”, accepting the OEM and aftermarket TPMS sensor valves, and now the firm has added an all-encompassing range of TPMS solutions. The company states that the range is aimed at helping retailers to offer a set of winter (or second) wheels and tyres without affecting the functionality of the tyre pressure monitoring system on the vehicle.
In mid-August Renato Palaoro, vice-president of product and process development at Alligator Ventilfabrik, took on the additional role of leading the company’s global sales and marketing. In addition to offering a full range of tyre valves, since 2009 the firm has also globally distributed tyre pressure monitoring systems for passenger cars and commercial vehicles.
Coinciding with the start of the 2015/16 European football season, various tyre manufacturers have continued the step up in sponsorship involvement with some of Europe’s biggest clubs. Continuing the trend Tyres & Accessories observed last year, bigger, broader deals are expanding tyres’ role in football, and increasing the prominence of brands outside the traditional premium names.
The wait, says Zafco, is over – the Dubai-based importer-exporter has launched a fresh corporate website that aims to be a “one-stop information platform for the visitors.” Describing the new zafco.com site, the company says “the tantalising user-interface compels users to navigate freely through every section and get the latest updates and happenings” and the “combination of graphical and textual content keeps the visitors’ interest above par, while divulging heaps of information including the history, milestones, CSR activities, etc.”
National Express has signed up Michelin solutions to provide a five-year comprehensive tyre management system for its UK fleet of almost 2,000 vehicles. This next chapter in National Express’ relationship with the tyre maker involves its adoption of the ‘Effitires by Michelin’ solutions programme; Michelin says Effitires proved itself “ideal for the public transport group’s diverse operations.”
Yokohama Rubber has confirmed news reported in March that its Advan Sport V105 tyre will be fitted as original equipment on the latest generation Mazda MX-5 in size 195/50R16 84V. Yokohama tyres have been original equipment on the Mazda MX-5 since the model’s launch, and Yokohama Rubber says adoption of the Advan Sport V105 for the new model “continues this proud history.”
Goodyear Dunlop marketing director consumer EMEA Hans Vrijsen has been appointed the new general manager for UK and Ireland of Goodyear Dunlop Tires UK. Vrijsen succeeds Erich Fric, who has been appointed consumer PBU sales & marketing director for Western Europe.
Apollo secured 300 million euros financing for its Greenfield plant in Hungary, on which construction started in April 2015, bringing total investment to 475 million euros. The first product is expected to roll out in early 2017 and the facility will create approximately 1,000 jobs in the country. Commenting on the closure of the financing, K. Prabhakar, managing director of Apollo Tyres, Hungary said, “We thank our consortium partners who provided appropriate solutions to the specific financing needs for the project and facilitated a smooth execution.”
A Petrol Retailers Association (PRA) member has successfully appealed via the First Tier Tax Tribunal against HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) imposition of unreasonable conditions, to obtain an excise duty Deferment Account Number (DAN) for Oil Products.
Hankook has launched a new courtesy car scheme across its UK retail network. Dual-branded Hyundai i10s have been given to a selection of retailers across the UK to be used as a courtesy car over a two year period. Hankook says the vehicles will effectively advertise its network members’ services when out on the road in the local area.
The Europe-wide Firestone Music Tour, part of the relaunched brand’s efforts to reach a vibrant, youthful audience through music, will make its UK stop at Reading this weekend. The Bridgestone second-line brand’s ‘Roll on the Summer’ consumer campaign has been taking place in participating garages across the UK, offering a series of prizes for every tyre sale made, including a top prize of VIP tickets to the Reading Festival itself.