Few names are as synonymous with professional off-road tyres as Cooper, and the American manufacturer has extended its reach in the segment in recent years via its relationship with the Dakar veteran Xavi Foj, made a brand ambassador. The latest tyre to be released by the manufacturer, the Discoverer S/TMAXX POR (Professional Off Road), as a tyre designed for 4×4 driving in extreme conditions, is one that is particularly relevant to Foj. Indeed, the driver commented on its introduction: “the Discoverer S/TMAXX POR is my tyre of choice, the most complete tyre for all uses – from daily tarmac to victory in the toughest terrain in the Dakar Rally.”
Cooper Tire Europe has launched the all-new Discoverer S/TMAXX POR (Professional Off Road), a tyre it says was designed for 4×4 driving in extreme conditions. The Discoverer S/TMAXX POR improves upon the Discoverer S/TMAXX with the addition of a cut and chip-resistant tread compound.
Cooper Tire 4×4 ambassador and 27-time Dakar Rally entrant, Xavi Foj, has become one of only six competitors to be honoured with Dakar Legend status. During his Dakar Rally career, Foj has secured two victories, nine podium finishes and has an impressive run of 13 consecutive finishes to his name. To mark the occasion the tyre manufacturer has produced a film celebrating Foj’s career in motorsport, which you can see on Tyrepress.com.
Cooper Tire will serve as tyre supplier to the Titan Desert mountain bike marathon. The Titan Desert by Garmin 2014 Marathon, to use its full, sponsor-friendly title, begins on 27 April and will see more than 400 participants traversing a 700 kilometre, six-stage course. Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx tyres will be fitted on 20 support vehicles. This vehicle fleet will cover around 1,000 kilometres of demanding terrain during the mountain bike marathon, from stone tracks and dry river beds to soft sand dunes, in temperatures expected to reach as high as 40°C.
Cooper Tire Europe’s 4×4 ambassador Xavi Foj took third place in the Dakar Rally, following an epic fightback. Foj has used Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx tyres in the past three Dakar events, claiming T2 Class victories in 2012 and 2013. After a difficult opening to his 2014 Dakar campaign, including brake issues and an electronic problem, hopes of a hat-trick faded.