Volkswagen’s first fully electric race car, the ID.R has broken the electric-powered vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, using Bridgestone Potenza tyres. The car completed the challenging 20.83km track in 6:05.336 minutes, beating the previous record by 40.56 seconds. Bridgestone custom-developed the Potenza tyres to help the ID.R navigate the demanding track in record-breaking time.
A new world record for the fastest car on two wheels was set at Seinäjoki Airport on August 31st, when Nokian Tyres’ product development, Vianor’s professional pit crew and well-known stunt driver Vesa Kivimäki combined their strengths. The tyres on the record-breaking car had been reinforced with Nokian Tyres Aramid Sidewall technology and the new record was set at a speed of 186.269 km/h (115.742 mph)
Zenises has presented the world’s most expensive tyre at the firm’s Reifen Show launch event. The world record, which is the first official third-party adjudicated record of its kind, has set the bar high at US$600,000 for a set of four tyres – a figure verified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The Z-branded 295/35 ZR21 107Y […]
Late last month a 1.6-litre BlueHDi 100 S&S Peugeot 208 set a new long-distance fuel consumption record at PSA Peugeot Citroën’s test circuit in Belchamp, France. In the 38 hours that the standard production, 5-speed manual Peugeot was on the track it covered a total of 1,337.19 miles (2,152 kilometres) and used just 43 litres (9.45 gallons) of diesel, achieving an average fuel consumption of 141.2 mpg (2.0 l/100km). The tyres on the record-breaking vehicle were the new model’s standard fitment – Michelin’s Energy Saver +.
The organiser of Tyrexpo Asia 2013 recorded a “substantial increase in visitors” at the last show in Singapore. Exactly 4,355 individual visitors from 97 countries attended the trade exhibition held at the Singapore Expo Centre between 19 and 21 March 2013, an increase of 22.5 per cent in comparison to the 2011 show’s prior record. […]
Toyota may well have broken two records at the Nürburgring circuit in Germany, and is keen to share details of one of them. A modified, Goodyear-shod Prius has recorded the most fuel-efficient lap of the Nordschliefe. It was perhaps also the slowest lap officially recorded by a vehicle manufacturer.
Cooper Tire & Rubber has announced a quarterly dividend of US 10.5 cents per share on common stock, payable 27 June 2014 to stockholders of record at the close of business 2 June 2014. This will mark the 169th consecutive quarterly dividend paid by Cooper Tire & Rubber Company.
According to the latest figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the manufacture of cars in the UK picked up pace in March due to improving domestic and export sales. UK car production rose 12 per cent during the month to 142,158 units, bringing 2014 to-date growth to 2.9 per cent. Production of cars intended for sale in the UK increased 18.2 per cent year-on-year to 33,221 units, although the year to date production count of 86,505 units is still 4.1 per cent down on last year. Production of cars for export markets rose 10.3 per cent year-on-year to 108,947 units, while year to date figures are 5.0 per cent higher than during the corresponding period of 2013, at 318,298 units.
After receiving nearly 15,000 unique submissions for its ‘Name the Blimp’ contest, Goodyear has published its shortlist of names for its newest blimp, which took its first flight in mid-March. The ten finalist names are:
The Board of Directors of Titan International has approved a quarterly cash dividend of US$.005 (one half cent) per common share for the first quarter of 2014. The cash dividend is payable 15 April 2014 to stockholders of record on 31, March 2014.
Toyo doesn’t produce aviation tyres, but this doesn’t stop its products getting airborne from time to time. On Sunday 16 March, a Toyo-shod vehicle will have a shot at the Guinness World Record for the longest car ramp jump; it’ll need a good run-up, as the record currently stands at 332 feet/101.19 metres.
The Proxes T1 Sport SUV is designed to balance motorway stability with handling on both wet and dry surfaces and is a tyre that has been created specifically for the high load and speed demands of the current crop of ultra-high performance SUVs like the Porsche Cayenne Turbo. Featuring a tread pattern and compound that offers exceptional road-holding characteristics and highly effective water dispersal, the T1 Sport SUV is truly a tyre for those in a hurry.
On 14 February 2014 Brian Smith unofficially broke the production car land speed record with a 270.49mph run on Florida’s Space Shuttle landing runway, according to Top Gear magazine. Before now the fastest was the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, which managed 269.86mph on the Ehra-Lessien test track in 2010.