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2018 Ford Mustang GT comes with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires as standard

The new 2018 Ford Mustang GT, when equipped with its optional Performance package, will be able to produce 460 horsepower. It also comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires that help it sprint from zero to 60 miles per hour in just under four seconds.

It was earlier this year at the Detroit Auto Show when we first saw the Pilot Sport 4S tires, which had been introduced as a replacement of the popular Pilot Super Sport. The tire manufacturer also said that the Michelin Pilot Sport 4S tires not only offer a 30,000-mile warranty, but also provide high performance grip levels in whatever road condition.

The Mustang GT Performance pack will be getting a pair of 255/40R19s up front, and a pair of 275/40R19s in the back. Ford engineers worked with Michelin to come up with this specific version of the tire.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is having production issues with its drag tires

The right set of tires can be a huge factor when it comes to performance, it can make a difference between victory and loss, whether it be on the drag strip or at the road course. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is lucky enough to have some really wide drag radials from the factory, which is vital to handle 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with race gas. Now, there has been some issue in terms of the production process of the Demon.

It’s really not a good move for a company to put together a specialty car and a family sedan in the same assembly line. Well apparently, the Demon, like any other Dodge Challenger, is built at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario. And according to the latest reports, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s drag tires don’t fit the production line.

One thing is for sure, the 315/40-series tires are not overly massive. In fact, the Viper ACR’s steamroller rubber is much larger as pointed out by a lot of people on Reddit. The difference is that the Viper is not assembled on a line together with a large number of Challenger SXTs with 235/55-18 inch tires. Apparently, the Demon’s tires are built at the plant that builds Chargers and Chrysler 300s. The problem here is that the Demon’s 315 millimeter tire is too wide to fit on the line at the plant.

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Bridgestone hopes to release air free bike tire by 2019

Bridgestone Corporation formally announced that it will be developing the next-generation bicycle tire with the goal of finally showing a practical application of the company’s “Air Free Concept.” With this particular technology, the tires will no longer need air in order to be inflated.

The company will be partnering with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd., and together will conduct feasibility studies under the expectation of introducing this new tire in the market by 2019.

The “Air Free Concept” utilizes a distinct structure for the spokes and stretches it on the tires’ inner sides. As a result, the weight can be supported by the tires without any need to inflate them with air. Further, the use of resins for the spokes and using rubbers for the other components meant that resources are used more efficiently. This is because both the rubber and the resin are materials that can be recycled.

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Vehicle safety lesson: A sidewall bubble on your tire poses a great safety risk

One of the most important parts of your car is your tires. Your vehicle needs your tires to be in top condition or it won’t be able to properly accelerate, turn or stop. Each tire supports around a fourth of the weight of the vehicle and even provides about half of the suspension.

Thus, utmost care should be given to your car tires, making sure that they are always in good condition before you take off for a drive.

When checking your tires, you have to make sure that they all are smooth and round. But there might be a time that you would notice the presence of a bubble on the sidewall of your tires. Should you get worried? Of course, yes.

Read the entire article Vehicle safety lesson: A sidewall bubble on your tire poses a great safety risk

Founded in 1898 in Akron, Ohio, the American multinational tire manufacturing company Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company has been one of the world’s largest tire companies. Employing over 66,000 people and owning 49 facilities in 22 countries, this world class tire company has nurtured its image as the producer of the best quality tires.

On March 1, 2016, at the 86th Geneva International Motor Show, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company revealed two innovative and futuristic tire concepts that will change the way we view tires today. It is specifically made for autonomous cars or vehicles that are capable of sensing and navigating with minimum human contact or interaction.

Read the entire article Goodyear's Eagle-360 and the Intelligrip: The Future of Tires for Autonomous Vehicles

Falken has adopted the NEO-T01 tire manufacturing process to produce its new FK453 high performance run-flat tire. The NEO-T01 manufacturing process -- developed by Falken’s parent Sumitomo Rubber Industries – employs a new assembly method that allows for better quality control.

The process – which is controlled by computer -- could theoretically produce results within a tolerance of just 0.01 mm. The new process as well as improvements in compound and construction has enabled engineers to enhance uniformity at high speed by up to 70 percent while cutting weight by 10 percent compared with conventional run-flat tires.

The new Azenis FK453 run-flat tires features a dimple-sidewall that dissipate heat to allow the tire to drive at least 80km at 80km/h while at zero tire pressure, which means drivers could reach a safe place where it can be replaced.

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Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. has filed a complaint in the Delaware Chancery Court to goad Apollo Tyres to close its $2.5-billion acquisition of the company in a timely manner.  Copper said that Apollo was delaying settling issues with some workers from the United Steel Workers (USW) union, who have asked that the new agreements be drafted between them and the Apollo before closing the deal.

India-based Apollo expressed disappointment over Copper’s filing and said that it is working to complete the deal as “expeditiously as possible.” Apollo said in an e-mailed statement to Bloomberg that the litigation simply has no basis. Apollo is acquiring Cooper to create the seventh-largest tire company in the world.

Apollo is seeking to secure a base in China and the United States by taking over Cooper – a deal that has met opposition from workers at Cooper Chengshan Tire Co -- Cooper's joint venture in China -- and has been interrupted by USW demands.

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Although the Carrera GT production ended back in 2006, Porsche is still taking care of the people who bought its supercar. As a result, the German manufacturer developed a new tire for the Carrera GT in partnership with Michelin. According to Porsche, the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tire enhances the handling of the Carrera GT and replaces the current Pilot Sport PS2 tire.

Moreover, the car drivers will see benefits in relation to the stability of the Porsche model at its top speed of 330 km/h, but also at high lateral acceleration speeds. Furthermore, the new structure of the tore features the Porsche specification "N0" on the sidewalls and the tread compound is based on "dual-compound" technology, same as Michelin racing tires.

What’s more interesting is that the belt is made from an especially durable mix of aramid fibers, which are five times lighter than steel but deliver the same tensile strength. Comparing it with the previous tires, fuel consumption is improved by 10 percent on normal roads and almost 20 percent on the race track. Braking performance is also improved. The new Carrera GT tires are available now in 265/35 ZR 19 98Y "N0" and 335/30 ZR 20 108Y "N0" dimensions.

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As an answer to demands of carmakers for tires that both bring performance and quietness, Continental is introducing ContiSilent, a new technology that significantly reduces tire noise inside the cabin by up to 9 dB. The secret of ContiSilent’s lies on a coating -- special layer of foam -- bonded to the inside of the tread area after the production process.

This layer creates a strong damping effect on the sound waves produced by a rolling tire, thereby substantially reducing the amount of noise reaching the cabin. All components and the tread pattern on ContiSilent are standard production tires, thus making it bear the same performance characteristics like braking, handling or wet performance.

ContiSilent tires are compatible with standard rims and fitting process. The first carmaker to employ Continental’s new tires is German company Audi, which will fit ContiSilent tires from the ContiSportContact 5 onto it RS 6 Avant and RS 7 Sportback models. The Audi RS 6 Avant will feature size 285/30 ZR 21 tires while the RS 7 Sportback will don size 275/30 ZR 21. Audi will also equip its A8 flagship with ContiSilent tires from the ContiSportContact 5 range. [source: Continental]

Read the entire article Continental ContiSilent: tires that reduce cabin noise by 9 dB

Apollo Tyres Ltd. is acquiring Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. for an all-cash amount of $2.5 billion. The purchase price is around 40-percent higher than the 30-day average price of Cooper's stock. Apollo’s acquisition of Copper effectively combines the 16th and 11th largest tire makers in the world, creating an entity that boasts of around $6.6 billion in annual sales.

The resulting company would be ranked seventh in the world, with output in a dozen sites in eight countries -- China, England, India, Mexico, the Netherlands, Serbia, South Africa and the United States. In a joint statement, Apollo and Cooper described the deal as a "strategic combination" of two companies with "highly complementary brands, geographic presence, and technological expertise." Cooper chief executive Roy Armes said in the statement that the deal is a "compelling transaction” in the best interest of their shareholders, offering "attractive benefits” to its customers and employees.

Armes remarked they have watched Apollo's transformation into a major global tire group, adding that they have “a great deal of respect for the company and its leadership.” He said that the companies have almost no geographic overlap and significant opportunities for growth. He added that Apollo and Cooper share a commitment to innovation, quality and customer service, as well as commitment to safety, environmental sustainability, “the development of our people and giving back to our communities."

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General Motors has teamed up with researchers at the new National Tire Research Center in Virginia to boost fuel economy by developing new tire technology. GM released a statement last week to say that tire design could improve fuel efficiency by up to 7%. Some of the factors that affect the tire’s rolling resistance are variations in tread pattern, construction and material quality.

If a vehicle has a lower rolling resistance, it needs less fuel to move the vehicle forward. Customers will be able to save on gasoline by using tires with lower rolling resistance, as well as more efficient conventional engines and electric powertrains.

GM had contributed $5 million to the National Tire Research Center. The statement said further that automakers and tire manufacturers will be able to simulate real-world emergencies and boost highway safety with the most advanced tire performance machines.

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Audi vehicles endowed with quattro all-wheel-drive could become safer during the winter season with the newest set of Audi-approved winter wheels and tires, all of which are available from Audi Centres across the United Kingdom. Audi now offers a range of 16-inch to 20-inch alloy wheels that feature higher anti-corrosion resistance.

They are covered by tires made of a special rubber compound that does well in temperatures of below +7 degrees centigrade. This new set of tires boasts of better traction and overall control in snow as well as in extreme wet conditions at low temperatures.

These new rubber tires also gain from a special tread pattern that optimizes water displacement and additional grooves -- called sipes -- within the tread blocks that interlock with the surface to maximize traction. The wheel-and-tire sets range in price from £799 for the A1 premium compact hatchback, to £3,659 for the RS 4 Avant. Customer could avail only of the tires at prices that range from £540 to £1,300.

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There was a major change implemented to the tyre regulations of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship for 2013. The championship has 10 events. Except for Thruxton, the drivers in the nine events in NGTC specification cars will have at their disposal, one set of a new ‘soft compound’ Dunlop tyre.

This tyre offers better performance than the standard compound tyre. These tyres have to be utilized in one of the event’s three races. Drivers have to indicate, before the qualifying session, which specific race they choose to use them in. But they can’t be used for the qualifying round. It’s only when the cars go to the grid that teams/drivers would know what race their rivals have selected for them to use the soft compound tyres.

There will be special marking on the tyres so that they could be easy to recognize for competitors as well as the spectators. According to BTCC Series Director Alan Gow, the softer compound tyres are included in every driver’s normal 16 per-meeting Dunlop tyre allocation so the amount of tyres used doesn’t increase. Before qualifying, the participants have to name in which race these will be used the next day.

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BMW has confirmed that the Michelin Pilot Super Sport will be its only fitment for its new high-performance M6 coupe and convertible models. The BMW M6 was launched to the market in the summer of 2012. It will exclusively feature the advanced Michelin Pilot Super Sport, which is the product of the unique merging of three technologies -- the Twaron-reinforced belt, the Bi-Compound tread band and the Variable Contact Patch 2.0.

The Twaron belt is a high-density fibre that’s mainly used in aeronautics and protective military gear as high strength is its key feature. Twaron® offers five times more resistance than steel at equivalent weight. It’s both light and strong. Because of its variable tension, the belt is tighter in the tread area compared to the shoulders.

The centrifugal force is more effectively controlled and pressure is more evenly distributed. Bi-Compound technology, which was developed for race tires initially, makes use of various rubber compounds on the left and right sides of the tread. Its outer shoulder uses an elastomer that guarantees outstanding endurance during cornering. Meanwhile, its interior has a different elastomer that works with a special tread design to allow the tire, on wet roads, to break through the water’s surface and adhere to the slightest road irregularities.

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With the “adaptive tire,” your car will always be equipped with the best set of tires possible no matter what the weather is. The world's first-ever "intelligent" tire is how this group of researchers at Leipzig University in Germany describes their latest project. This tire is equipped with electronic sensors that recognize various terrain types. It determines whether the car is being driven on motorway or un-tarmacked roads and if it’s dry, snowing, or raining. Best of all, the tire adapts to its current conditions even while the car is running. As a result, the driver can say goodbye to buying snow tires and to worrying about driving through bad weather.

Detlef Riemer is the head of this group of researchers at the University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig. They displayed the tire at the 2012 Hanover Fair this week, the biggest industrial fair in the world. Riemer said that the tire options are always a compromise between the ability to brake and petrol consumption.

The profiles of the tire can also be automatically raised or widened depending on the conditions even while the car is moving. Riemer said that a car with this tire would always have the best tire and because of this, the noise is lower and the petrol consumption is optimized too. However, the research is continuing and the tire is far from finished. What the researchers are busy with now is finding the best materials to be used as movable parts. Reimer asserted that the patents have already been filed. [source: NYDailyNews]

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Japanese tyre maker Falken has developed a new road tyre that offers better fuel efficiency as well as a wet weather grip, thanks to advances in both the chemical formulation of the rubber and the tread design. For years, tyre engineers had been struggling to develop a tyre that provides both lower rolling resistance and the highest levels of wet weather grip, since each attribute is usually mutually exclusive.

To finally break the status quo and create a well-balanced tyre, Falken sought alternative ways to decrease the heat or the energy required to deliver the desired grip performance standard for a European premium tyre.

Falken engineers discovered that combining silica with long, modified polymer chains would produce a new rubber compound that effectively reduces excess heat generation and rolling resistance. The result? Falken new tyre, dubbed as ZIEX ZE914, could bring in a 3.8 percent fuel saving compared with a non-optimized tyre.

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Avon Tyres’ new 3D Ultra sports tyres impressed onlookers during its official launch at the Almeria circuit in Spain. Gracing the official unveiling of the 3D Ultra sports tyres were customers and journalists from Europe and around the world. The launch was not without any setbacks as the weather didn’t cooperate with the event.

 Onlookers were supposed to have an early taste of the new sports tyres, but no thanks to snow and rain in the morning, they have to wait until the 2.6-mile track went dry. The weather was more pleasant in the afternoon, allowing the organizer to put the 3D Ultra sports tyres into test.Drivers who tested the tyres included very seasoned racers, and as soon as they completed their rides, all they could do was to praise the Avon 3D Ultras.

All members of the 3D Ultra range share some advanced features. The sports tyres feature 3D sipes cut into the tread of the tyres, highlighted by interlocking three-dimensional points that improve stability, grip, limiting tread flex and allowing the tyre to warm-up in less time. Avon also used a new design of wind-on-belt material during the construction of the rear tyres, which help to increase the footprint size at all lean angles, thus improving grip.

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Ferrari has chosen the Michelin Pilot Super Sport as its standard tyre for its brand new F12berlinetta, touted as the most powerful Ferrari ever with max power of 740bhp. The Italian manufacturer has chosen Michelin as one of its original equipment suppliers for the new F12berlinetta. Michelin specially designed the Pilot Super Sport tyres to cope with the power of the new F12berlinetta. 

Ferrari and Michelin had a successful partnership over the development of tyres for the 599 GTO and the FF. The latest partnership with Ferrari highlights Michelin’s years of success in the world’s most excruciating endurance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, wherein the tyre maker has posted 14 victories in a row. Michelin’s excellent quality has been attributed to the company’s willingness to transfer its tyre technologies from the race tracks to the roads. The same is true for the Michelin tyres fitted in the F12berlinetta.

Using its acclaimed tyre technologies developed at Research and Development Center, Michelin has designed tyres capable of handling the power and torque of the 740bhp 6,262cc V12 engine that powers the F12berlinetta. Some of the technologies that Michelin used on the Pilot Super Sport tyres are Twaron Belt, Variable Contact Patch 2.02 and Tri-Compound and Bi-compound Tread. 

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Bridgestone will be bringing in a major change in the tire industry with its future lineup of bright and colorful, lightweight and fuel-efficient tires. Last month, Bridgestone had revealed that it was developing a tire printing technology that leads to new stylistic possibilities.

In the past, white-wall tires and white lettering were commonly seen in cars with cranks but these are rare now. Bridgestone hoped to change this by searching for a way to have bright designs to be printed on the tires’ sidewall. This would have to be very durable, lighter, and hence, more fuel-efficient. It also shouldn’t discolor.

Tires that are multi-colored will further encourage vehicle personalization. They also offer a unique venue where companies could do advertising. Instead of shopping for tires because it’s necessary, customers would then be buying tires because it’s fun.

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The new Conti.eContact launches pioneering dimensions of tire for electric vehicles, which are estimated to reach a total figure 2.8 million units worldwide by 2020. In the next 40 years, carbon dioxide budget for each inhabitant in the United Kingdom will be significantly lowered, creating the need and incentive to manufacture tires that are more fuel-efficient that complement the new vehicle design. Continental is targeting to lead this development of automotive megatrends with the launch of Conti.eContact, which is created in cooperation with the leading vehicle manufacturers in Europe.

The new tire dimensions will have a larger outer diameter like 195/55R20 rather than the traditional 205/55R16. With this concept, rolling resistance is significantly reduced.

Also, a more flexible sidewall of the tire aids in reducing energy loss when rebounding or deflecting. The tire engineers of Continental had to begin with a new strategy to the Conti.eContact while continuing to make sure that the tire excelled at wet braking.

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