Tag: OFFBEAT

Continental extends fitment portfolio to include horses

Continental extends fitment portfolio to include horses

Thursday 1st February 2018 | 0 Comments

Continental tyres have long served as the point of contact between vehicle and road, and now horse riders can equip their preferred mode of transport with Continental ‘footwear’. Continental has collaborated with German firm turfcord GmbH to produce an alternative to the traditional horseshoe. This innovation has already gained its first award, an ‘Innovation Pferd’ award at the ‘Pferd & Jagd’ equestrian, hunter and angler show in Germany.

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CatClaw – gouging the tyres of terrorists and errant parkers

CatClaw – gouging the tyres of terrorists and errant parkers

Wednesday 17th January 2018 | 0 Comments

Tyres have a new enemy, and its name is CatClaw. Designed to hinder terrorist attacks and the even more heinous crime of parking on footpaths, CatClaw is a small device that, when installed in large number along kerbs and footpaths, can cause rapid tyre deflation.

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Finally, a tyre for the Hello Kitty fan…

Finally, a tyre for the Hello Kitty fan…

Monday 11th September 2017 | 0 Comments

Kawaii!! Next summer, Japanese consumers will – should they wish – be able to buy Hello Kitty tyres for their cars. This too cute for words opportunity comes thanks to a collaboration between Sanrio and Nexen Tire Japan. The tyres will feature the Hello Kitty logo and name on the sidewall – in pink. A tyre featuring Cinnamoroll, a long-eared white flying puppy whose tail resembles a cinnamon roll, will also be available and will presumably by met by an eager market.

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Trelleborg tyres make light work of jumbo-sized application

Trelleborg tyres make light work of jumbo-sized application

Wednesday 5th July 2017 | 0 Comments

Visions of pink elephants are said to trouble the inebriated, however the elephant that visitors to the historic French city of Nantes may encounter is very tangible and not at all pink. The Elephant of Nantes, as we’ve chosen to call it, is the creation of street theatre veterans François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, and it gains a mention here as, despite appearing to stride along on fully jointed legs, the giant pachyderm is propelled by – you guessed it – tyres.

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Falken drifts into the world of art

Falken drifts into the world of art

Thursday 29th June 2017 | 0 Comments

Who needs paint when you’ve got Falken tyres? From behind the wheel of a 421-hp Ford Mustang, Falken test driver Michael Stenten has elevated drifting to an art form of an entirely different kind. The result of his efforts enjoyed their public debut earlier this month.

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Lucky escape as ‘killer tyre’ pays a visit

Lucky escape as ‘killer tyre’ pays a visit

Monday 24th April 2017 | 0 Comments

Life imitates art? In 2010, Tyrepress.com reported the Cannes Film Festival screening of Rubber, a French dark comedy horror about Robert, a tyre that acquires a taste for killing. Fast forward seven years, and we’ve come across fresh footage – but this time the tyre terror is for real.

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Emirates SkyCargo launches SkyWheels car-go service

Emirates SkyCargo launches SkyWheels car-go service

Thursday 17th November 2016 | 0 Comments

Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates airline, has launched Emirates SkyWheels - a specialised transportation product for high value automobiles. Through its latest offering Emirates SkyCargo will provide customers a complete transportation solution for vehicles such as classic, luxury and sports cars, across its network. Customers who would like to have their cars transported can choose between Emirates SkyWheels Premium and Emirates SkyWheels Advanced. Yes that’s right, even you car can choose which class to fly in.

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World’s oldest rally navigator teams up with 73 year old son

World’s oldest rally navigator teams up with 73 year old son

Thursday 27th October 2016 | 0 Comments

Dorothy Caldwell, who lives in Flagstaff, New Zealand, and is the Guinness World Record holder as the world’s oldest active rally navigator, is to take to the roads again in the New Zealand Haka Classic Rally, a 5,354 kilometre classic car competition on the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The rally starts in Auckland on October 30th and heads to Wanaka before coming back to Auckland again, ending on 25th November. 98-year old Dorothy will be navigating for her son, Alastair Caldwell in his 1963 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud III. The same team and car took part in the TransAm rally from New York to Alaska four years ago and Dorothy won the “Spirit of the Rally” award and her team came 5th overall.

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Mitas tyres help Claas tractor ‘walk on water’

Mitas tyres help Claas tractor ‘walk on water’

Monday 3rd October 2016 | 0 Comments

Mitas high-horsepower tyres helped a Claas Axos 320 tractor weighing four tons to “walk on water”. Thanks to careful calculation and Archimedes’ principle, the tractor successfully navigated the port and then returned to dry land without the captain getting his feet wet. Mitas, part of Trelleborg Group, and its partners carried out the unusual stunt in the Netherlands. One of the world’s largest agricultural tyres, Mitas1250/50R32 SFT, was fitted on the rear axle and Mitas 750/55R30 SFT on the front axle of the floating Claas tractor.

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Daimler patent – enhancing tyre grip with water?

Daimler patent – enhancing tyre grip with water?

Friday 1st July 2016 | 0 Comments

Several news sources have shared news of Daimler’s filing of a patent to optimise tyre temperature, and thus grip, through the use of a high pressure water system. The patent was reportedly filed with the Intellectual Property Office in the UK and pertains to a system that is triggered by temperature sensors in a tyre.

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Ladbrokes help Bootman put the boot in

Ladbrokes help Bootman put the boot in

Thursday 9th June 2016 | 0 Comments

Football fan Nathan Whitfield has had his dream of converting his Robin Reliant into a giant football boot turned into a reality, thanks to a three-figure sponsorship deal from Ladbrokes. Whitfield, 26, self-styled 'Bootman' unveiled his 'Bootmobile' in central London with a message to the England squad that he thinks they're a shoo-in for success in France.

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Manufacture locally and eliminate transport costs

Manufacture locally and eliminate transport costs

Friday 1st April 2016 | 0 Comments

Numerous tyre makers have or are in the process of setting up factories within regions where they aim to sell their products. Decentralising their manufacturing footprint reduces the time and cost involved in delivering tyres to retailers and end users. A new breakthrough from a British company promises to advance this approach a step further.

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Celtic dilemma for Autoparts UK part-time footballer

Celtic dilemma for Autoparts UK part-time footballer

Monday 1st February 2016 | 0 Comments

East Kilbride’s semi-professional footballer, Sean Winter, who also works within the independent aftermarket as a parts representative for Autoparts UK, faces one of the toughest decisions of his life: play Celtic in the Scottish Cup or fly to Australia on his dream, family holiday.

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Imaginary twin not guilty of fly-tipping

Thursday 14th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Nottingham Magistrates' Court has passed no sentence on the imaginary twin brother of Paul Henry, a phantom figure named as the protagonist in a fly-tipping case. His very real sibling was not so fortunate, however – Paul Henry was convicted of dumping tyres by the roadside in Mapperley back in February 2015, and has been ordered to pay prosecution and clean-up costs, plus a victim surcharge, a sum totalling £770.

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Get ‘Fit Kwik’ with Kwik-Fit

Get ‘Fit Kwik’ with Kwik-Fit

Monday 4th January 2016 | 0 Comments

Happy New Year, and welcome to 2016. Those of you who’ve resolved to get in shape or lose a few pounds in the coming 12 months may want to head over to kwik-fit.com/fitkwik, as the fast fitter has developed a programme guaranteed to be free from Lycra, kale juice and carrot sticks.

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