The #33 Falken Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R finished ninth overall, the highest-placed Porsche in a 135-car field, at the 50th ADAC TotalEnergies 24h race at Nürburgring. Around 230,000 fans were there for the august circuit’s season centrepiece event, which is an annual landmark for the Sumitomo Rubber Industries global flagship tyre brand.
Later this month, Falken Tyre Europe will display a range of more than twenty tyre models at The Tire Cologne. This array of products will include several newcomers, such as the Falken e.Ziex electric car tyre, Azenis FK520 UHP tyre and Eurowinter HS02 and HS02Pro winter tyres.
‘This Is Your Return to The Ring’ is the title of Falken Tyres’ latest Nürburgring 24-hour race film. Its release this past weekend coincided with the qualifying races for the main 24-hour race that will place at the end of May.
Japanese tyre maker Sumitomo Rubber Industries, Ltd. (SRI) says its collaboration in a research project has resulted in a technique that may improve natural rubber yields and even enable natural rubber biosynthesis within a laboratory.
Falken Tyres Europe GmbH is about to set to set foot in the world of virtual racing after forming a partnership with leading online sim racing platform iRacing. The Falken GT4 Challenge offers keen sim racing enthusiasts a chance to put their skills to the test and win a set of Falken’s tyres for their road car; including the brand new Azenis FK520 flagship.
Falken’s teal and blue livery will return to the ‘Green Hell’ again for the 2022 season, with Falken Motorsports announcing that it will send two Porsche 911 GT3 R and a stable of eight drivers to the Nordschleife for the annual 24-hour race and select Nürburgring Endurance Series (NLS) rounds.
The Falken Wildpeak M/T tyre has passed one of the most gruelling off-road tests in motorsport. The tyres ran 7,500km on the 2022 Classic Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia with zero punctures for the Alves Bandeira/TH-Trucks’ ex-factory Ssangyong Musso. Competing in the 97 Intermediate Average category, the team joined more than 100 entrants on the two-week Dakar Classic, a challenge for pre-2000 rally cars and trucks within the Dakar Rally.
Electric vehicle-specific aftermarket Falken tyres will arrive in Europe next year, says Sumitomo Rubber Industries. The tyre maker reported the planned release of the Falken e.Ziex upon announcing the April 2022 launch in China of a replacement market range aimed at electric vehicles, the Dunlop e.Sport Maxx.
Falken is to launch a new flagship car tyre for performance cars and SUVs in spring 2022. The Azenis FK520 is the Sumitomo Rubber Industries brand’s new tyre that exhibits Falken’s latest technologies, many of which are derived from its successful, race-winning European motorsport programme. Falken states that its next-generation UHP tyre is stiffer and lighter than its predecessor, reducing unsprung mass, and improving stability and efficiency. The new Falken Azenis FK520 will initially come in 81 sizes between 17 and 21 inches for cars and powerful SUVs. Every variation is certified for speed category Y (300 km/h).
ADAC’s tyre abrasion test, which examined the tyre abrasion particles produced by three summer and three winter tyres from 15 tyre manufacturers, gave Falken’s Azenis FK510 top marks in its 225/40 R18 test, helping the Sumitomo Rubber Industries global brand to fourth place overall. The test examined the tyre abrasion particles produced by three summer and three winter tyres from 15 tyre manufacturers. Andreas Giese, senior manager corporate planning/product planning, said that the result evinced Falken’s recent development work.
After a four-year absence, The Tire Cologne is preparing to make a comeback in May. Continental, Falken, Hankook, Michelin and Pirelli have already signed up as exhibitors. Show organiser Koelnmesse and conceptual sponsor the German Tyre Retail and Vulcanisation Trade Association (BRV) discussed their plans at a digital press conference this morning.
Falken Tyre Europe will increase the prices of its entire product portfolio by nine per cent on 1 May 2022. Falken states the increase reflects global rises in costs for raw materials, energy, and logistics. This price rise does not affect UK Falken customers, where the brand is distributed exclusively by Micheldever Tyre Services. Like Falken, MTS is owned by Sumitomo Rubber Industries. A Falken spokesperson told Tyrepress that MTS would inform its customers of any price rise affecting the UK.
Falken Tyres has formed a new partnership with the European Handball Federation. As part of the deal – brokered by Infront – it will benefit from a tailor-made partner package for the 15th edition of the EURO tournament, which is scheduled to take place in Hungary and Slovakia between 13 and 30 January 2022.
Falken Tyre Europe has further expanded its warehousing in Germany by becoming an anchor tenant of tyre wholesaler Tyroo GmbH. Located near the centre of Germany, the Tyreoo site in Neuhof enables Falken to continue developing its retail strategy, expand its customer base amongst car dealers and increase its presence in the German market.
On 10 November, Falken Tyres Europe formally opened a new 40,000 square metre logistics centre and warehouse at Gengenbach, Germany. The new facility can house 450,000 tyres and is strategically located close to the Derman/French border, making it ideal to service customers in both countries, as well as those in Switzerland. It will be run by logistics partner FIEGE and Falken will be its largest customer. 6,000 tyres arrive at the complex each day and are distributed to OE and aftermarket customers.