Hankook has become the latest tyre manufacturer to tune a new product to the lucrative ultra-high performance sports utility vehicle segment, with a newly developed SUV version of its flagship Ventus S1 evo2. The new tyre will be brought to the European market in spring 2014, and will be available in 30 sizes between 17 and 22 inches. The Ventus S1 evo2 SUV will be manufactured mainly in the company's state-of-the-art factory in Hungary, Hankook added.
Effective from the 1 September Continental AG has merged its Suspension Systems and Chassis Electronics segments into the Electronic Brake Systems business unit from the Chassis Components unit, which has been dissolved as far as an organizational structure is concerned. In line with the move the Electronic Brake Systems unit has been renamed Vehicle Dynamics.
Leading suspension firm Eibach has released a range of suspension enhancements for global models of the rear wheel drive BRZ/GT86 sports coupe developed jointly by Toyota and Subaru, and known as the “Toyoburu”. The company aims to be at the forefront of the modifications aftermarket for the car, which has gained traction within this segment. The latest designs to come from the German company are an adjustable rear toe arm, bespoke rear control arm and camber bolts.
Bridgestone’s training and marketing departments have taken part in an informal testing session of the brand’s latest premium product at the Prestwold Driving Centre in Leicestershire. Members of Bridgestone’s technical team presented the tyre to colleagues in an informal approach, which, according to the company, allowed staff to “feel the difference” between the Potenza Adrenalin RE002 and competitor products. Bridgestone is targeting the sport replacement market with the tyre, which it says is tuned mainly for dry performance.
The Parts Alliance announced Delphi’s reconfirmation as its preferred supplier of premium braking systems in June. Steve Fulford reasoned that Delphi is “strategically best positioned for our distribution network and more than 20,000 customers. As a leading supplier to the top 25 vehicle manufacturers worldwide, Delphi’s established presence on the OE platform and their expertise complement our future strategies. Not only will we have access to their high quality parts but also training and support services to deliver the most comprehensive solution to our customers.”
Vehicle manufacturer Škoda has ‘Clarksoned’ a baby’s pram with 20-inch alloys and all-terrain tyres, plus other features not typically found in the Mothercare catalogue. The pram was given the works to mark the launch of Škoda's fastest ever car – the latest generation Octavia vRS.
Michelin has renewed its commitment to the NASCAR Whelen Euro-Series (the new name for the former Euro-Racecar NASCAR Touring Series). The tyre maker has been involved in the US-imported championship since 2009 as technical partner and tyre supplier, and has developed two tyres for the mechanically uncomplicated cars used in NASCAR. These are the Michelin S9C slick (33/70-15) and P2E rain tyre (33/70-15).
The Parts Alliance has announced its reappointment as prime supply partner to Micheldever for the next two years. The parts distributor will supply Micheldever’s national network of 61 fast fit centres with a full range of vehicle parts, covering braking, steering and suspension, emissions and general service and repair products. The Alliance estimates the deal is worth over £2 million per year.
Yokohama will begin its 2013 UK motorsport season at Silverstone, when four different series will utilise the Japanese brand as control tyres. The first round of the new BRDC Formula 4 series will be joined by the Aerial Atom Cup, the Sports 2000 series and Caterham Graduates.
As winter drags on, the subject of potholes has been much in the news and a recent report from UK online motoring magazine Motortrades Insight makes gloomy reading – it reports that potholes are potentially damaging the finances of Britain’s hard-working, cash-strapped drivers – motorists who are being forced into balancing their finances to pay for additional car maintenance and repairs. Worse still is the potential hazard of trying to avoid them with drivers literally dicing with death on a daily basis.
A recent survey revealed two thirds of motorists have found themselves in a dangerous situation – swerving to avoid a pothole. Drivers in the West Midlands have been worst hit with 76 per cent swerving or braking suddenly to avoid the thousands of crumbling roads with estimates of 2.2 million potholes.
Pirelli tyres will feature as original equipment on four high-profile Geneva show debuts. The Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 Roadster and Maserati’s latest Quattroporte both feature bespoke versions the Italian tyre maker’s P Zero, while a tailor-made version of the P Zero Corsa will be supplied to the McLaren P1 and Ferrari’s Enzo replacement, the LaFerrari.
Mercedes-Benz is the latest vehicle manufacturer to grant global approval for the use of the new Hunter Road Force Touch wheel balancing system in its franchise dealer workshops. Although the balancer has only been on the market for a number of months and available in the UK since October, the Mercedes-Benz approval is the third of its kind that the Road Force Touch has received from a major vehicle manufacturer, following sign-offs from the Volkswagen Group and BMW. Exclusive national distributor Pro-Align also expects further OEM approvals for the Road Force Touch.
Organisers of the Michelin Clio Cup Series with Protyre, the newly established saloon car category that is intended to provide a highly cost-effective first step into competitive car racing in the UK, are pleased to reveal the latest technical details and pricing for the road-to-race conversion kit.
Bilstein, the Ennepetal-based shock absorber, suspension and spring specialist, has added roughly 220 new part numbers to its B1, B3 and B4 universal spare parts product lines. The company added more than 70 applications to its Bilstein B1 range of accessories in the latter half of 2012; 90 parts numbers were added to the Bilstein B3; and an extra 50 new applications were also added to the Bilstein B4 range.
New figures reveal that motorists are paying out over £1 billion on repairs to rectify the damage caused by potholes. A study released by Halfords Autocentres, shows as many as 8 million vehicles a year suffer steering and suspension damage which may be attributed to poorly maintained road surfaces. Research produced by fillthathole.org.uk shows that complaints over potholes have almost doubled from a year ago. Councils were being notified at a rate of 54 a day in December, a 60 per cent increase on the average for the year.