Giti-sponsored Truck Team Holten’s modified Mercedes 1622 800HP finished in fourth place in the Rallye Breslau while completing its fourth consecutive year on a set of Giti tyres. The Netherlands-based team entered two vehicles in the Cross Country Trucks category, with the Mercedes team recording five top three finishes in a field of 10 while the Scania 4×4 630 started well, completing the prologue and the first two legs before having to withdraw with significant engine damage. Both vehicles fit the Giti GAO897 mixed service tyre in size 14.00R20. The tyre is designed to work across a wide range of air pressures to optimise performance in different conditions and in temperatures ranging from 55˚C to a minimum of -40˚C.
The 125-year history of The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company is the subject of a new documentary on the company, now available on the company’s YouTube channel. The 60-minute feature explores the company’s foundation and the entrepreneurial spirit of Frank Seiberling and Charles Goodyear, through to the company’s most recent innovations. The manufacturer says the video is a chance to witness how Goodyear became one of the world’s “most respected and innovative technology company,” via a series of milestone innovations, motorsport excellence, its contribution to aviation in the form of the Goodyear Blimp, and more. Watch the video now on Tyrepress.
Falken’s recently launched short film, ‘A Monument to the Art of Racing,’ has been nominated for the ‘Best Event Film’ prize at the International Motor Film Awards 2023. We’ll have to wait a month to find out whether the judging panel has chosen the Falken film – this year’s winners will be announced during a ceremony at Alexandra Palace in London on 21 September.
This month, Kumho Tire begins a global advertising campaign to promote its tyres for electric vehicles. The ‘Your EV Partner, Kumho Tire’ campaign will feature on online streaming services and various social media, including Kumho’s own ‘Ecsta TV’ YouTube channel.
Protyre’s Liam Healy and Hometyre’s Craig Schwartz were crowned TPMS Experts in the large and small retailer categories respectively, while Lewis Marshall from Formula One Autocentres prevailed in the under-23s category of Autogem’s second competition to find the country’s leading tyre pressure monitoring system technicians and raise standards and awareness within the industry. More than 1,000 retail sites entered Under Pressure ’23, with 12 technicians beating hundreds to make the final, putting their problem-solving skills to the test at the Pirelli Performance Centre (PPC) in Burton-upon-Trent on Wednesday 28 June. The finalists were praised for detecting various TPMS faults in a quick and efficient manner and communicating them clearly thereafter. Following a successful first outing, Autogem expanded the competition with its third award, focused on young and emerging talent.
Armchair racers can experience the thrills of competing at this year’s Nürburgring 24h Race thanks to Falken Tyre and a new video on the brand’s YouTube channel. In ‘A Monument to the Art of Racing’, Falken distils hours of action into less than three minutes.
Players of the rFactor 2 motorsport simulation will benefit from a partnership between Studio 397 and Goodyear. The tyre maker is helping the Studio 397 physics team understand the very deep and complex construction and reactions of racing tyres. The Netherlands-based video game developer says it has benefitted from “an exceptional collaboration and sharing of data and insight of late.”
Davanti Tyres has presented MSB Woolton FC, one of Europe’s largest grassroots football clubs, with a donation of £3,000 after its storage units packed with sporting and fitness equipment were burned down in an arson attack. The tyre brand acted in partnership with Everton FC to assist; Davanti is the Premier League club’s global official tyre partner. Davanti is a long-term supporter of grassroots sport in the North-West of England where it is headquartered.
Activists Animal Rebellion caused an estimated £80,000 worth of damage by drilling sidewalls or cutting valve stems of around 200 truck tyre at Müller Dairies’ Willenhall depot last week. The tyres were fitted to trucks used to transport milk, with the vegan group acting to interrupt the distribution of dairy products. Police reportedly made 11 arrests on suspicion of criminal damage.
Continental Tyre South Africa is marking its 75th anniversary in South Africa with its sponsorship of Cars.co.za’s four-part ‘Continental Icons’ video series. Available on the Cars.co.za YouTube channel, one of the largest branded channels in South Africa with more than 320 000 subscribers, the videos highlight the tyre manufacturer’s original equipment heritage. The General Tire and Rubber Company South Africa was founded in January 1947 and acquired by Continental AG in 1998, after which it was renamed Continental Tyre South Africa. The company said the acquisition helped cement it as one of the country’s leading tyre manufacturers.
Falken has been nominated for an International Motor Film Award in the Best Event Film category for its Nürburgring 24 hour race feature, ‘A Declaration of Love’. The brand previously won the prize in 2021 with its short film ‘Whatever Comes Our Way’. Production company Motionctrl, Falken’s long-term video collaborator shot the nominated film on location. You can view the short film below or on Falken’s YouTube channel.
Saturday should have been a day to remember for Bruno Göggel, and indeed it was. But instead of fond memories of celebrating his nuptials with family and friends, the owner of German tyre wholesaler Reifen Göggel watched a large part of his recently-built facility burn to the ground.
Manuel Zoldan and Gianluca Folco have answered a question we never thought of asking – how quickly can a wheel be changed on a moving vehicle? The Italian duo managed the task in 1 min 17.64 seconds, and this stands as a Guinness World Record.
Falken has paid homage to its first aftermarket tyre for electric cars in a short video. The clip, just under a minute long, focuses on the Falken e.Ziex, which debuted at The Tire Cologne in May. Falken says the new tyre is “one of the best tyres in terms of energy efficiency ever developed and manufactured by the Sumitomo Rubber Group.”
The Giti Tire Motorsport by WS Racing team won the VT2 class and achieved third place in the SP8T class with its all-female racing team at the 50th ADAC TotalEnergies 24hr Nürburgring endurance race. Both vehicles delivered their results on GitiCompete GTR1 tyres. The new BMW M4 GT4 of ‘Girls Only – Ready to Rock the Green Hell’ achieved a magnificent third place in the powerful SP8T after a near seamless weekend of high-octane action which saw the race go the full distance.