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Yokohama Rubber of Japan makes new advances in tyre aerodynamic

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Yokohama Rubber is testing new radial tires complete with spoilers on their sidewalls, which it says improve air flow underneath the car.

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Yokohama Rubber of Japan makes new advances in tyre aerodynamics

Yokohama Rubber has come up with a clever way of making their future tyre more efficient by creating a better air-flow around the tyres when the car is in motion.

Yokohama Rubber who make car tyres from their factory in Japan, have also been successful in recent years by developing a greener tyre that has less rolling resistance and are now developing the idea of an aerodynamic tyre that will help reduce air drag. This will work similar to fitting relevant spoilers to cars.

This development work has been going on since 2010 and first started with the introduction of built on fins to the tyre inner sidewall. This had the effect of reducing drag inside the cars wheel wells. This was followed by the addition of these spoke like fins to both sidewalls of the tyre. This had the effect of reducing drag on the whole car.

The work has been carried out for Yokohama Rubber by a team of engineers lead by Professor Obayashi at the Institute of Fluid Science, Tohoku University.

The study was carried out by using a super-computer which can run simulations of different effects that adding fins to a tyre may have on a cars drag, the less drag the more fuel efficient that the car will have.

Yokohama Rubber has built this new design into a new tyre that will be on display at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October 2015. Like other Yokohama Rubber tyre designs, I can’t wait to see what the tyre will look like, has a tyre freak I am loving the times that we are in at the moment with all the new developments that are coming out of the top tyre companies, including this tyre from Yokohama Rubber.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/yokohama-tyres-3/

Toyo Tyres USA-Extends its Run as Official Tire of NASA – Modern Tire Dealer

Toyo Tyres USA

Toyo Tyres USA
Toyo Tyres USA NASA Race car with Toyo advertising

Toyo Tyres USA- Corp. is continuing its long-time support of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), signing a five-year renewal covering the 2016-2020 racing seasons. Toyo has been the Official Tire of NASA since 2003.

Toyo Tyre USA continue to give support and be the tyre supplier for the NASA Cars

Toyo tyres USA like so many tyre companies these days, look to motorsport for consumer recognition for their tyre products.

I have always had a sweet spot for Toyo tyres here in the UK. They were always a great tyre company to deal with. Toyo were always helpful when it came to credit terms and product awareness campaigns.

In fact we very often bought their tyre in containers, such was there popularity her in Halifax Yorkshire UK. Although all this was over ten years ago we still get some of our customers asking for the Toyo tyres products. Things came to an end though when Toyo decided to do what so many other tyre manufactures do and distribute their tyres through the wholesaling companies.

Toyo Tyre USA has been the long-time tyre supplier and supporter of the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) and is now signing a new contract from 2016 to the 2020 race season. Toyo Tyre USA is also supporting the prestigious 25-Hours of Thunder hill, the longest endurance road race in North America.

Like many other tyre makers Toyo Tyre USA, use these races for the research and development of the tyre products that will eventually end up on normal standard road cars. The name Proxes was developed from a broad range of racing tyres.

NASA races are split into many car types and categories. Toyo use the Toyo Proxes RR two-groove DOT competition tyre, in many of these classes. These include the Honda Challenge, Spec E30 cars, Spec E46 cars and many more. Toyo also has also recently added the Spec Z class for Nissan 350Zs to the list of spec classes.

To learn more about the Proxes line competition and UHP tyres, go to www.toyotires.com.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/toyo-tyres/

Pirelli F1 Tyres-considering more aggressive F1 tyres – Motorsport.com

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Pirelli is Pirelli F1 Tyres considering a plan to deliver more varied action in Formula 1, with its new deal to be tyre supplier from 2017 now all but done.

Italian tyre giant supplier retain new season after Michelin Challenge.

It looks as though the long battle of claims and counter claims between Pirelli F1 tyres and Michelin tyres may be over?

Bernie Ecclestone announced the decision on television just before the Russian Grand Prix. This will mean that Pirelli F1 tyres will stay the official F1 series tyre supplier from 2017.

The two giants of the tyre world have been in talks with Bernie Ecclestone for several weeks now and he has come up with the tyre company that he believes will do the best job for F1 racing. The deal has now been completed with Pirelli F1 tyres coming up with the best deal going into the future.

Michelin tyres have been busy in recent times, buying two online tyre retailers out, one in Europe and the other in the UK.  They also supply many of the other motorsport race events including Formula E and Le-Man’s 24 hour racing in France.

Pirelli F1 tyres have had mixed fortunes in trying to find the correct compounds that give right balance between too soft, with tyres that wear out too quickly and too hard giving grip problems.

Pirelli F1 Tyres

Of course, Pirelli Tyres say that they want 2017 to be more experimental. Especially with the emphasis on perhaps more pit stops. Due to using softer compounds.

Pirelli has faced a tough time in finding the right balance between tyres that degrade too much, and those that are too conservative like this year.

An Avid F1 racing fan Lee Churms said recently answering a Facebook comment…

“F1 tell the tyre supplier to make and bring the compound that will make sure options last around 10-20 laps, prime 20-30 laps. For each circuit. That’s why they have different compounds. 40 or more laps could only happen if a hard compound tyre was brought to a low tyre wear circuit. Like Monaco.

But F1 does not allow that. It’s too slow. You will also struggle with low tyre temp. Obviously a softer compound is faster and can make up for the extra pit stop you will have to do. It will also have the right tyre temp.

High tyre wear tracks are bad for soft tyres as you’ll have to pit at least every 8-10 laps. Overheating will occur and you won’t be much faster. So extra pitting will be much slower, than if you were on a harder and slower compound”.

Lee sounds to me to be very knowledgeable about F1 tyre matters.

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Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/fifteen-f1-racing-cars-on-pirelli-soft-and-medium-tyres-2/

Continental Winter Tyres-Braking on Snow a great video

 

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Continental winter tyres one of the best

As winter approaches, then winter tyre advice starts to come along thick and fast?

And so it should?

The past few years have seen a great increase in the number of safety conscious drivers fitting winter tyres onto their vehicles. The most popular time is the November period.

October is the time when tyre writers start to put together their articles about the safety aspects of winter tyres and other related

Continental winter tyres
Scenes like this from two year ago can remind us just how bad it gets.This was in Sowerby north of Halifax UK

products.

This particular video is  indeed produced by Continental tyres. Continental winter tyres are one of the best on the market and often come top in the international motoring magazine tyre tests.

I am fortunate that we are the Continental winter tyres dealer in the Halifax area of Yorkshire here in the UK.

One of the good things about Continental winter tyres, is the fact that they have a vast range of winter tyre products, including winter tyres to fit the huge range of tyres that are fitted to SUV vehicles. These  Continental winter tyres are becoming more and more popular as the drivers of this type of car realise that they do need winter tyres to drive more safely in the winter weather.

Another good point about Continental Winter Tyres is the amount of testing that they carry out. The tyres are tested extensively in all the

Continental winter tyres
New Continental winter TS850

types of winter conditions that are possible. When they are satisfied about the quality of the product then they submit them for testing against their competitors tyres.

This can be seen with the new ContiWinter Contact TS 850 tyre. This tyre came out tops in recent winter tyre tests in Germany.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/massive-push-for-winter-tyres/

Winter Tyres tested-We went to Finland to test winter tires in a giant freezer (before it even … – Autoweek

Winter Tyres tested
Winter Tyres tested

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again and again: If you live in a state that experiences winter, you should invest in a good set of Winter Tyres tested. Yes, even if you’ve been …

This is a great article that shows the length that tyre companies take to test their tyre products before they are released to the public for road use.

This particular article is about the new winter tyres tested, by Hankook tyres. The same also applies to other tyre companies, who rigorously teat their tyre products in real conditions, taking the cars used to their extreme limits.

I am lucky enough to experience such extreme testing conditions. I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Austrian Alps to witness winter tyres tested, at first hand.

The company was not Hankook, but one of the worlds top winter tyre producers, Apollo-Vredestein.

The winter tyres tested  were a new winter tyre to sell to the SUV winter market.

I was in a group made up from other independent tyre dealers from across the UK. We were all allocated to an SUV vehicle that were fitted out with the new tyres. The drivers were all test drivers from the world of motorsport. These drivers took the vehicles up the Austrian Alps and the new winter tyres were put through their paces.

We drove on snow and ice, and i must admit to have been a little frightened, by the extremes that these vehicles were driven, in fact i was glad when the thing finished and we got back to the hotel in one piece?

It was a great experience and showed that the  winter tyres tested were put through their extreme paces.

This winter we have decided to stock some Apollo/Vredestein winter tyres, along with the excellent Yokohama winter tyres.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/winter-tyres-were-gripping/

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Discarded tyres to be used to battle against earthquakes –

Discarded tyres

A mixture of crushed pieces of discarded tyres and sand around foundations can protect buildings during earthquakes, civil engineers from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) say.

The world is coming up with some great ideas fro waste and discarded tyres. They are now used in the making of tarmac for road surfaces, right down to the householder making garden planters from discarded tyres.

They can also be used in making barriers against land subsidence, by

Discarded tyres
Waste discarded tyres are now used for many things including these fine plant holders

weaving a wall and filling the old tyres with soil or concrete as the wall is been built.

Sea defenses are also made from discarded tyres. some are even used as a type of barrier reef and are fastened together under water. This idea has been very successful to attract breeding water life, who use the reef for shelter and also breeding purposes.

This new idea comes out of India.

The article explains discarded tyres are crushed and mixed with concretes. The mix forms a perimeter around the building and the foundations before the building starts to be built. The waste tyre and concrete mix  will take any of the vibrations caused by an earthquake. A similar idea has been used in some countries to make walls on eroded river beds and road sides. As you can see in the image, the tyre sidewalls have been removed and the centres are stacked on top of each other. The wall is sloped back and filled in with earth or concrete as the wall rises, making an effective barrier against erosion.

Discarded tyres
These old Discarded tyres have been converted into a re-enforcing wall to protect the land against soil erosion.

India is very prone to earthquakes and this new development will protect new buildings as well as using millions of old discarded tyres.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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Michelin versus Pirelli-promises tyres will make drivers ‘happy’ if it replaces Pirelli – BBC Sport

Michelin versus Pirelli

Tyre company Michelin promises tyres that will let grand prix drivers race faster if it wins the tender to supply F1 from 2017.

Michelin versus Pirelli-drivers have mixed opinions?

F1 drivers are coming out with mixed feelings for the Pirelli race tyres and a Michelin versus Pirelli is beginning to happen.

In my opinion it appears that the drivers are having to think more into their tyres, than they think necessary.

Some race pundits think this is a good thing because it brings other aspects into the races and makes winning more skillful.

The Michelin versus Pirelli confrontation came along when Michelin began to show interest in F1 racing a couple of years ago. The interest has grown as the deadline for the new F1 tyre tender becomes closer.

Michelin claim that their tyres would take the F1 racing scene back to its origins and could be up to three seconds a lap faster.

One of the recent tyre problems has been ,how many races or laps could be achieved on the same tyres.

The Michelin versus Pirelli arguments and claims will go on right up

Michelin versus Pirelli
Michelin tyres have a vast experience in the motorsport field. Supplying tyres to other prestigious race meetings such as Le-Mans in France.

to the tender time. Pirelli say that they have only produced the tyre that they were asked to produce. Michelin on the other hand are saying that their tyres could offer more calculated lap times per tyre.

In my opinion the race to supply the new F1 race season will hot up, with new claims and counter claims.

It will be interesting which of these tyre giants will win the Michelin versus Pirelli battle ahead to supply F1 with their tyres in the coming years.

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

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CrossClimate tyres -Emergency services thumbs up for CrossClimate tyres – Transport Engineer

CrossClimate tyres

CrossClimate tyres
Scenes like this will soon be the norm as we head towards winter?winter tyres time coming up

Fleet managers from UK emergency services have given the thumbs up to Michelin’s new CrossClimate tyres – the first summer tyres with winter capabilities – following a day of testing at the MIRA proving ground.

As the year flies by, it will be time again to be thinking about winter driving and winter tyres.

The guys who run our emergency services are already thinking about the winter ahead and in this article have attended a tyre trial, looking at the Michelin CrossClimate tyres.

Michelin have put much time and research into this tyre and hope that it will bridge the gap between summer and winter tyres.

Unlike other tyre manufacturers products the CrossClimate tyres are said to be a summer tyre that is also suitable for spells of cold and snowy weather.

We have already sold some of these CrossClimate tyres here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We are in a hilly district and have many customers who fit their winter tyres every October and November.

Michelin hope that with the new CrossClimate tyres, then drivers will not have to change from summer to winter tyres every year?but i am not sure?things do not seem to end up like that in the tyre trade and i do not think that the CrossClimate will make a clean sweep of it?

The new Michelin CrossClimate tyres are also attracting the attention of fleet car managers. The fleet car and van industry are always looking for other ideas that could save them money in the

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The Michelin CrossClimate tyre will be a winner and a tyre worth investing in

long run. The  CrossClimate tyres will stop the need of changing the summer tyres for winter tyres and at the end of winter, the other way round. The CrossClimate tyres will do the one job.

I also believe that this will also open up opportunities for other manufacturers with a similar product. I am thinking about the excellent Vredestein Quatrac tyres. These are also suitable for all weathers, and i think they would also be more cost effective.

Eric Roberts

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/?s=crossclimate

 

Sportcontact 6-Continental tyres arrives in Middle East –

Sportcontact 6

Continental have just launched the new Sportcontact 6 sports tyres across the Middle East, which has been designed for high-end cars. It replaces the

This tyre should perform very well on the supercars of the oil sheikhs in the Middle East, with their superfast cars.

This new tyre from the great German tyre maker, Continental tyres, was specially designed to fit the top of the range supercars. Continental have come up trumps once again with a new technology that will allow the Sportcontact 6 tyres to reach a staggering 220 mph.

These speeds are just a dream to the everyday motorists, but 220 mph on the Sportcontact 6 is achievable on either private tracks or on some parts of the German motorway system. This new tyre has been developed to take extreme speed and the pressures that are put on tyres at such high speeds.

Super cars that can reach such speeds include the Ferrari F40 and the Porsche 959. These cars can easily reach speeds of over 200 mph and the German engineers had to come up with a tyre that would be safe when fitted to such supercars.

These cars are also coming onto the market with larger tyre and wheel sizes and so the sportscontact 6 will be coming out in tyre sizes from 19 to 23 inch. The new technology built into these sportscontact tyres is a cap ply made of a material known as Aralon 350 a strong material that has been developed from the aerospace industry; this gives the new tyre stability at very high speeds.

One of the secret ingredients to help Continental achieve a greener footprint is the use of Black Chilli in the tyre compound. This helps to give this high performance tyre a better grip offering a better driving experience at high speed.

The new sportscontact 6 will be available with a speed index of (ZR)Y with aspect ratios of 25 to 40, probably making them a tyre fitters nightmare?

The Sportcontact 6 has has been developed with the help of Honda during extensive test drives at the famous Nuburgring race track. The new tyres helped to break the lap record for a front wheel drive hatchback.

More reading…http://blog.conti-online.co.uk/new-continental-sportcontact-6/#sthash.ve9r65Ou.dpuf  

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SEALANT TYRES From Kumho Tyres at Frankfurt Motor Show Exhibition

Kumho Tyres will be revealing some future tyre technology including SEALANT TYRES at this weeks Iaa Frankfurt International Motor Show… http://t.co/hvzQUXeZRm

There is no saying what the large tyre companies will be coming out with next? SEALANT TYRES

Another exciting thing to come out of the tyre scene recently is the research and development pact that Kumho and Yokohama tyres have just announced.

These are exciting days in the tyre trade, with all sorts of

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Sealant tyres will not prevent tyre damage like this?

announcements coming out on a daily basis.

Sealant tyres are nothing new? several of Kumho tyres competitors have marketed a similar product, in the past two years.

This works, when an object penetrates the tyre (such as a nail or screw) then the sealant tyre will plug the hole with a semi-liquid substance. This will seal the hole and the sealant tyres would have done the job. This is just another one of the ways that tyre companies are getting round the “no spare wheel” problem.

In my opinion it is a great idea and we have first hand experience of a similar product being successful in our tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

SEALANT TYRES are nothing new?

Self sealing tyres are also manufactured by two of the big tyre companies. I covered this in the post that i have linked below. The other tyre companies are Michelin and Continental. Both these tyre companies produce similar products. I believe that Kumho will be the first of the mid-range tyre companies to make such a safety product.

More and more cars will be produced without a spare wheel. These products will be developed to help the motorist get out of trouble should they be unfortunate enough to have a puncture due to a nail or a screw. The downside of sealant tyres, in my opinion ,is that most tyres that are deflated at speed are damaged by the weight of the car and the speed of the car. No amount of sealant will help in this situation. The tyre will be damaged beyond repair.

We see this very week, customers with damaged tyres that were unable to stop their car, when a sudden deflation occurred.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/self-sealing-tyre/

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