Pre-Q Galgo Corporation has published details of its extension of the company’s Extreme tread line that includes the addition of 12 designs that were lab-tested down to 80 below and received Three-Peak Mountain Snow Flake (3PMSF) certification.
The latest iteration of the Jaguar I-Pace is available with Continental tyres as original equipment. Jaguar Land Rover is fitting the PremiumContact 6 on its all-electric SUV in size 255/40 R22 103V XL. This original equipment tyre for the I-Pace features ContiSeal puncture protection, a technology that Continental says can prevent the adverse consequences of around 80 per cent of all common punctures.
BlackCycle announces first sustainable carbon black production
After its first 18 months of existence, members of the BlackCycle R&D project met at Michelin’s technology centre in Ladoux, France on 22 November for the consortium’s first workshop. Some 120 international industry leaders, academics, H2020 project coordinators, politicians, and institutional representatives from 20 countries exchanged ideas and discussed the deployment of circular economy initiatives in Europe.
Bridgestone supplies original tyres for Audi Q4 e-tron electric SUV
Bridgestone is supplying bespoke versions of its WhatTyre Award-winning summer and winter tyres to Audi for fitment on the Q4 e-tron. The tyre manufacturer will supply newly developed iterations of its Turanza Eco and Blizzak LM005 tyres, WhatTyre’s 2021 Electric Car Tyre of the Year and Winter Tyre of the Year respectively. The Turanza Eco has been developed with Bridgestones sustainability promoting Enliten Technology. The Q4 e-tron is Audi’s first compact, fully-electric SUV.
Goodyear UrbanMax MCA HL + for electric & hybrid buses
The city bus market is undergoing an unprecedented transformation. Electrification, autonomy and accessibility, including on-demand services, are revolutionising urban mobility. Goodyear has launched a new tyre to provide a solution for operators seeking to maximise the efficiency of their current fleet and prepare for the future; the UrbanMax MCA HL + is an all-position tyre with high-load structure, enabling the 8-tonne axle load capacity required by modern electric or hybrid buses.
FJM Logistics opts for Michelin Agilis CrossClimate all-season van tyres
Belfast last-mile van fleet FJM Logistics has opted to fit Michelin’s all-season van tyre, the Agilis CrossClimate, across its 37 vans. Michelin says the move will halve the number of tyres fitted over the coming year, as well as offering year-round traction and grip. FJM Logistics delivers up to 5,000 parcels every day, and the intensiveness of its operations led managing director Fraser Orr to take a closer look at the firm’s tyre fitment policy.
Launch UK is aiming to kick-start the jump starter market with its new ESP-150 Battery Booster. Released in time for the winter season, the ESP 150 is designed for those moments when a vehicle just won’t start. It’s portable and has a battery capacity of 1500mAh to enable it to jump start a car up to 10 times.
Birla Carbon participating at The Battery Show Europe
Following its recent entry into the energy systems market, Birla Carbon will present a portfolio of conductive carbon solutions with its Conductex i and Conductex e series of products, along with its upcoming carbon-based solutions for the battery industry, at The Battery Show Europe in Germany this week. The company says it’s participating in the event in order to expand its geographic presence in Europe and globally while addressing customer needs.
Alloy rim manufacturer Borbet is presenting new designs at this week’s Essen Motor Show 2021. Amongst other products on display at its 100 square metre exhibition stand are the Borbet N and DB8GT2 as well as a new colour option for the LX18.
Corsa: Pirelli launches a more ferocious Diablo Rosso
Pirelli claims it has further raised the “bar of sport riding” within the Diablo Rosso family by introducing the Diablo Rosso IV Corsa. The Italian brand describes the newcomer as a “fiercer version” of the Diablo Rosso IV supersport tyre and says it created the Corsa to provide the most demanding riders with a hypersport tyre that best expresses the potential of their supersport, naked or hypernaked bikes.
Déjà vu aplenty in this year’s Auto Express all-season tyre test. The publication returned to the 205/55R16 size it last looked at in 2019, and the Hankook Kinergy 4S2 that participated in the test two years ago was back as a contender in 2021. Same tester, same tyre, same size. But this is where the similarities end; whereas the Hankook tyre finished seventh in the 2019 test, this year it won.
Farming Simulator 22 has arrived, and with it a cornucopia of tyre brands that players can select for their equipment. In addition to the previously reported presence of BKT, Continental and Michelin, Vredestein is also making its debut in the simulation game. Brand owner Apollo Tyres says this initiative is part of its strategy to raise awareness of the full range of premium Vredestein agricultural products among millions of current and aspiring farmers and supplier businesses.
In July, Falken Tyre Europe announced that its Falken Ziex ZE310A Ecorun was an original equipment tyre for the Audi A3 TFSI e hybrid. This supply agreement has now been extended to other Audi A3 models. Falken is shipping Ziex ZE310 Ecorun tyres in size 205/55R16 91V to the Audi plant in Ingolstadt, Germany. All such tyres will bear the AO – Audi Original – mark on the sidewall.
Goodyear introduces DrivePoint Heavy Duty for port AGVs
Major ports are busy places, and in order to improve preventative tyre maintenance and reduce downtime for the automated guided vehicles (AGV) used in the unloading of containers, Goodyear has extended DrivePoint to this segment. It calls this dedicated tyre monitoring system for autonomous port applications DrivePoint Heavy Duty.
When we first reported Goodyear’s provision of original equipment tyres to Cupra, the arrangement involved a single size of Eagle F1 SuperSport for the Formentor VZ5. The tyre maker’s OE supply arrangement with Cupra has since expanded with the selection of a range of Goodyear summer tyres as original equipment fitments for the Cupra Born, the brand’s first fully electric road car.