The 2017 season of the FIA World Touring Car Championship begins one of its most open and exciting seasons in years according to Yokohama, the exclusive tyre supplier. Returning to classic circuits like Monza and Macao, the 2017 series follows the departure of the dominant Jose Maria Lopez and the retirement as a driver of four-times world champion Yvan Muller. The “veterans”, Huff, Monteiro, Michelisz, Coronel and Chilton will compete with young blood to establish dominance in a new era.
Though Yokohama will not supply tyres to the 2015 BRDC Formula 4 Championship, its success in the championship’s beginnings were proven by George Russell’s McLaren Autosport BRDC award. Now the UK distributor of Yokohama’s high performance and motorsport tyres has confirmed its commitment to young motorsport drivers on the first rung of the ladder.
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., is to exhibit highlight its high performance of tyres, with a focus on the Advan global flagship brand and the fuel-efficient BluEarth brand. According to the company, Yokohama’s booth will also display the “AERO-Y” electric vehicle (EV) concept car. Yokohama suggest a number of new products will be introduced at the show including three new tyre products, two of which are described as world premieres and one a European premier.
The World Touring Car Championship’s James Nash, who claimed the new WTCC Yokohama Trophy, was a guest at the Yokohama booth during the recent Autosport International Show in Birmingham. During the show Yokohama HPT, the brand’s British division, displayed a full range of high performance race and road tyres alongside one of the vehicles from […]
The FIA has opted to extend Yokohama Rubber’s supply of Advan tyres to the World Touring Car Championship as control tyre for a further three years, through to 2015. In reporting the continuation of its tyre supply, Yokohama notes that by the time this current deal expires, the WTCC will have run on its tyres for a decade.
Yokohama will be the new control tyre supplier for the Irish Touring Car Championship or ITCC starting in the 2012 season. Touring cars have become something of a speciality for Yokohama’s motorsport activity; its Advan range is currently used as the control tyre in the FIA World Touring Car Championship as well as the Russian, Chinese and Scandinavian national iterations.
For the 29th consecutive year, Yokohama Rubber will serve as sole tyre supplier for the Macau Grand Prix. This Formula 3 event, being held for the 58th time, gets underway tomorrow and runs until November 20. Yokohama will also again be the exclusive tyre supplier in the culminating event of 2011 FIA World Touring Car Championship, a race taking place in Macau in conjunction with the Macau Grand Prix. The weekend’s racing events will also include a touring car race for local drivers and a motorcycle race.
Current FIA strategy is to increase its championships’ association with “road relevant technologies and environmental sustainability in motor sport” while maintaining control of the costs involved. This focus was reflected in several decisions approved at a meeting of the World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) on September 23. Amongst a number of points agreed upon at the Singapore-based meeting was the decision to reduce the number of tyres available to competitors in next year’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) and World Touring Car Championship (WTCC).
The second major FIA championship in as many weekends comes to Britain this weekend as the World Touring Car Championship switches from Brands Hatch to Donington. Yokohama has supplied its Advan branded tyres to the series since 2006, and the brand’s UK distributor, Yokohama HPT says it is “eagerly anticipating” this year’s event, believing the change of venue to the revised Donington Park circuit will bring extra interest. This will be the first FIA World Championship event to be held at the circuit since the 1993 European Grand Prix.
When the F3 race cars take their positions on the starting for this year’s Macau Grand Prix, which gets underway on November 18, each of the 32 competing vehicles will be fitted with tyres supplied by Yokohama Rubber. This is hardly surprising, given that the Japanese tyre maker has acted as official tyre supplier to this particular race for more than a generation. This year marks the 28th consecutive occasion in which Yokohama has provided tyres for the Macau Grand Prix, having begun in the role of official tyre supplier in 1983.
Races seven and eight of this year’s FIA World Touring Car Championship – better known to you and I as the WTCC – are scheduled to run at Monza on Sunday May 23, and during this round of the series Yokohama Rubber will be title sponsor. Therefore, prepare yourself for the delights of the “FIA WTCC Yokohama Race of Italy.”
July's UK round of the FIA World Touring Car Championship at Brands Hatch was dubbed “a resounding success” by the UK distributor of Yokohama tyres, whose flagship ADVAN range is used as control tyre for the series. Yokohama HPT hosted dealers and clients to witness the spectacle of the world's best touring car racing.
Yokohama is adding a new tyre to its global flagship Advan range. Known as the Advan Neova AD08, the new sports product made its first public appearance at the November SEMA show in the US and will go on sale in the second quarter of 2009. Release of the new tyre around the world will occur gradually, and although the Advan Neova AD08 will be produced in a total of 39 sizes from 15 to 19-inches, Yokohama reports that not every size will be available in every market.
As the FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) heads to Monza, Italy, for its last European rounds, official sole tyre supplier Yokohama is prepared for its Advan tyres to face a tough challenge due to the circuit’s long straights and slow corners. The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza’s design is such, says Yokohama, that both WTCC cars and single-seaters from the championship’s Formula Master partner series will rely heavily on their Advans for grip and traction.
“In order to be competitive on the long straights, single-seaters rely on a low downforce set-up,” explains Yokohama tyre engineer, Mr. S. Watanabe. “This means that in slow corners the tyres have to work harder than usual to generate grip as they are receiving less help from the car’s aerodynamics.