Cooper Tire is so confident in the performance of its acclaimed 4×4 range of tyres that it is now offering an innovative new money-back guarantee. Buy any four new Cooper 4×4 tyres from its extensive range of both on and off road 4×4 tyres from an authorised Cooper Tire dealer in the UK, and if the customer is not completely happy with them, they can return them to their dealer within 30 days for a full refund.
Commenting on the new initiative Tom Edwards Cooper Tire’s UK marketing manager said: ”We understand that for any customer buying 4×4 tyres is a big expense and they want to get it right, so we are offering them the chance to try our tyres without the usual risk associated with getting stuck with something you are not completely happy with. As one of the world’s largest 4×4 tyre manufacturers, we are more than confident in our tyres’ performance and we are prepared to put our money where our mouth is.”
QuickSilver’s ‘Titanium SuperSports’ exhaust system for the newest range of Lamborghini Gallardo’s is designed and tuned to provide a sound track to match the looks and performance of this SuperCar.
The newly developed exhaust system for the Gallardo is designed to be amazingly lightweight and give the best sound and performance possible. Sound is such an important part of driving a sports car and the special internal design of the box mixes the exhaust gases to give a crisper exhaust note, says QuickSilver. The Gallardo’s original factory silencers are cleverly designed and when the valves open also give quite a lot of volume but the exhaust gasses are not mixed so the sound is essentially just two five cylinder engines running side by side and not the great sound a V10 can produce.
Recently, Vintage Tyre Supplies celebrated the 10th anniversary of the company’s Waymaster private brand. So what? I hear you say. Just about every wholesaler has their own brand nowadays. But before you follow that trail of thought through, the Waymaster range is a little different and VTS isn’t your average wholesaler. To begin with, VTS only deals in vintage and classic tyres for cars and motorcycles, and we’re not just talking about 80 series radials like so many “classic” dealers. The VTS range goes back way further than this.
If you consider the changes that have taken place in the tyre industry over the last 10 years, you can multiply that by 10, because the VTS range starts around 1900, and that’s where the Waymaster range begins.
The top six vehicles in Auto Motor und Sport magazine’s 2006 brake test (published January 1/2007) are equipped with brake components and systems supplied by Continental Automotive Systems. Ten passenger cars and SUVs took part in the tests. Six of them were assessed overall as “good”.
Specialist tyre distributor, Fieldens, based at Stowmarket, Suffolk has extended its specialist area of operation into the realm of pop concerts. Producers of the current Rolling Stones extravaganza required a method of propelling coloured tape into the air over the stage and turned to Fieldens to supply the answer. A series of large Bead Cheetah storage cylinders were mounted in a frame with the valves connected to solenoid switches. When charged the cylinders contained sufficient compressed air to launch the tapes high above the stage backdrop before they fell back in graceful arches.
Michelin North America will soon be marketing WABCO’s Integrated Vehicle Tire Pressure Monitoring System (IVTM) in Canada. The system has been available to European hauliers for the past three years and it will be available in Canada early next year. The IVTM system offers real-time pressure information; an on-board monitor gives the driver a continuous readout of tyre pressure and can warn of incorrect pressure and slow leaks, thanks to an algorithm that constantly compares information between and across axles.
Many of the conversations on the Shanghai Baolong Industries Company Limited stand at Essen concerned the rising costs of raw materials and the effect that this has had on Shanghai Baolong and its products; notably brass valves and wheel balancing weights.
Since 2003, says the company, the price of copper has risen continually. By March 2006, most people thought that the copper price had reached its peak because it was at an unprecedented level after rising for such a long time. As it was, the price of copper was set to increase way beyond what most people had imagined.
The Harvie name has been associated with tyre repair materials and wheels service accessories for the past four decades, during which time the company has demonstrated rapid response to continuous tyre and rim change processes and the ensuing demands for high quality, technically efficient products plus customer service support within the UK market.
Managing director, Terry Brooks, points out that the company has experienced a 35 per cent sales revenue growth during 2005 along with a high degree of customer satisfaction. The company now presents a product portfolio backed by impressive service levels to both existing loyal customers and prospective customers alike.
Omitec, a leading UK independent test equipment manufacturer, has launched a new product to test vehicle tyre pressure monitoring valves. The product called OmiDetect 150 establishes if a wheel valve in a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) is operating.
Advanced braking systems are commonplace in today’s passenger cars, with the majority of new cars featuring ABS as standard. A lesser-known fact is that it has also been available to motorcyclists for more than a decade. Even so, usage of ABS technology amongst motorcyclists lags far behind their four-wheeled counterparts. Continental Teves recently launched its first advanced braking system designed specifically for two wheels. Tyres & Accessories took a look at the technology when it was launched at Intermot 2004 in Munich.
The technology behind Continental Teves’ system is designed to continuously evaluate the signals from the wheel speed sensors, allowing it to identify a dangerous situation before the wheel locks. In a hazardous situation the unit reduces the brake pressure on the affected wheel and quickly boosts it again in order to ensure maximum braking power when the risk of locking has passed. The whole process is completed in a fraction of a second. The company claims that its analog-controlled digital valves make this pressure modulation process both smooth and effective.
The system also allows for variables such as the actual load (solo or with a passenger) and the grip offered by the road surface, so when the ABS system is triggered, each wheel is kept within an “ideal” range. According to the manufacturer, the outcome is the optimum deceleration values with the minimum amount of effort on the part of the rider.
Continental Teves’ integral brake system allows riders to depress the lever or pedal and build up pressure respectively in either the front or the rear brake. At the same time a pump automatically builds up pressure in the brake circuit not operated directly by the rider, taking account of the specific parameters for the motorcycle concerned and the necessary brake force distribution between the front and rear wheels.
The products designers also claim that it will be prepared for the high levels of brake-force demanded by emergency situations. Continental Teves claims that its system can manage the dynamic disparity that occurs between the front and rear brakes in emergency situation. This means that is would be possible for the rider to perform an emergency braking manoeuvre with just one pedal or lever.
One of the additional benefits that the company highlight is its rear wheel lift-off protection function, called RLP. RLP is designed to briefly reduce the pressure in the front brake circuit whenever the sensor signals indicate that rear wheel lift-off is imminent. This maintains the minimum load on the rear wheel necessary for lateral guidance, and prevents against the dangerous affects of a rollover.