Audi has approved Hankook tyres as an original equipment option on its Q7 range, including the recently-launched Audi SQ7 TDI. Together with other Q7 models, the SQ7 TDI will be available with the Hankook Ventus S1 evo² SUV in size 285/35 R 22 106 Y XL, a tyre that contains Hankook Tire’s new ‘sound absorber’-technology.
A number of the most eagerly-awaited cars debuting at the Paris Motor Show this month wear Pirelli rubber as original equipment, the Italian manufacturer reports. Pirelli tyres can be seen on two new Ferrari models and on the latest Audi Q5, Porsche Panamera and Land Rover Discovery. The latter three benefit from the Pirelli Noise Cancelling System, a sound-soaking sponge within the tyre that reduces tyre noise by two to three decibels – an amount equivalent to around half of all cabin noise.
Carbon Revolution has launched a new version of its one-piece carbon fibre CR-9 wheel for the first generation Type 48 Audi R8. The model was chosen for Carbon Revolution’s first batch of bespoke fitment options as a darling of the aftermarket tuning and motorsport world.
The developments of Michelin’s endurance racing tyres are on show at this year’s Le Mans 24 hours. The manufacturer said its winter programme, conducted between November 2015 and the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2016 season-opener at Silverstone, comprised every class, while focusing on making its tyres more competitive against increasingly active competition. Nearly every car competing on Michelin tyres has evolved since last year, the tyre supplier explains.
The existing partnership between Hankook Tire and German touring car championship DTM has been extended for a further three years. The tyre maker signed a new contract with DTM promoter ITR e.V. last Friday following the press conference held for the opening of the current season; under the terms of this contract, Hankook will continue to deliver its Ventus Race DTM tyres to Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz until the end of the 2019 season.
Several online sources are reporting that a number of German car manufacturers are planning to recall large numbers of vehicles as part of the ongoing vehicle emissions scandal. Sources suggest Mercedes, Opel and Porsche as well as Volkswagen and its Audi brand are to recall certain diesel vehicles. BBC news reports that over 600,000 cars are set to be recalled, citing German media reports.
Remus has expanded its range of exhaust systems with a fitment for the popular Audi A3 convertible 8V. The system’s features include a lightweight construction, options for both the 1.4 and 1.8 models and the ability to fit with the firm’s Powerizer and Responder systems. The core of the system consists of a series of stainless steel tubes, fully EEC homologated centre sections and, for the lower capacity 1.4 engine, a stainless steel racing tube to replace the OE front silencer. Remus says its own internal testing has seen significantly increased power figures for both engine sizes.
German suspension manufacturer Bilstein has released two enhancement packages for VAG’s popular Audi A1.The kits are designed to provide original equipment levels of fit, finish and ride quality, coupled with significant improvements in handling. Both have been designed and produced entirely in-house in Bilstein’s cutting-edge German production facilities.
Audi UK recently staged a three-day tyre training session for over 200 of its service advisors at MIRA support provided by Micheldever Tyre Services. According to the company, the training event was specifically designed to give attendees an insight into how tyres impact the performance and handling of vehicles, specifically the differences between new and worn tyres, summer and winter tyres, as well as the significant difference between premium and budget tyres.
After reporting the approval of its Vector 4Seasons as original equipment for the new Renault Kadjar, Goodyear has given word of further OEM homologations for its all-season tyre. The Vector 4Seasons is also being supplied to Audi for fitment on the A1, to Ford as an original equipment tyre for the Fiesta, Focus and Focus C-Max, and to Vauxhall/Opel for the Adam and Corsa.
Pirelli is celebrating 2000 homologations of its premium products. In the first half of 2015 alone, the Italian firm added 200 new homologations to its line-up, including those some of the most high profile vehicles at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show. These include the new Bentley Bentayga; the Mercedes GLC, BMW X1, BMW 7 Series and Jaguar F-Pace.
When it comes to testing a vehicle or tyre’s winter aptitude, few places in the world better are suited to the job than the Finnish village of Ivalo, some 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle. The average daily temperature struggles to rise above -10⁰C in the dark months of January and February, and for half the year the white stuff beloved by skiers is abundantly present. No surprise then that Test World, the internationally-renown vehicle and tyre tester and type approval centre, chose to set up shop just outside Ivalo. But what does Test World do in summer, when its ice and snow circle turns into a massive birdbath? It moves winter indoors.
The number of Audi models delivered with factory-fitted Hankook tyres is set to increase once the new generation Audi A4 and A4 Avant arrives in the showrooms. Hankook Tire reports that the new A4 will receive several sizes of its flagship Ventus S1 evo² tyre: Cars shipped on 17-inch rims will be fitted with a 225/50R17Y tyre (including an XL extra load version), while larger-rimmed A4s will receive the 245/40R18Y (XL) and 245/35R19Y (XL). The original equipment version of the Ventus S1 evo² was developed at Hankook Tire’s European Technology Centre (ETC) in Germany, where Hankook coordinates tyre development for Audi AG vehicles, and is manufactured at Hankook’s factory in Hungary.
One of the many global debuts we can expect at this month’s IAA exhibition is the latest and greatest from Continental, and prior to the Frankfurt show dealers and automotive media gained the chance to discover this new ultra high performance summer tyre – a product Continental’s head of tyre development says is the company’s sportiest on-road tyre ever. Our first impression of the Continental SportContact 6 is of a tyre that allows drivers to explore the limits of sport car performance while offering a forgiving response should the limits of the driver’s own abilities be reached first.
Toyo has unveiled a new YouTube video highlighting its UHP Proxes brand. Featuring two Audi R8 supercars equipped with Toyo’s flagship brand tyres driven by Team Toyo Tires Drift drivers Masato Kawabata and Akinori Utsumi in a variety of close team-drifting manoeuvres, the manufacturer titles the video, ‘Surprising the World’, saying it will “exceed the expectations of any car enthusiast.”