Hankook tyres for Audi Q8 in Europe, North America
Audi has chosen a trio of Hankook tyre models for its newest crossover SUV. In Europe, the Audi Q8 can roll out of the factory on Hankook Ventus S1 evo 3 SUV tyres in size 285/45 R21 113 Y XL. Customers specifying a factory-fitted winter tyre can select the Winter i*cept evo 2 SUV in 285/45 R21 113 V XL.
Noise reducing technology: Not just for low profile tyres
Ride comfort is a known problem when fitting low profile tyres, but noise can be an issue too. Wide tyres can also contribute to excessive in-car noise. Some tyre makers combat this problem by fitting noise reducing materials within the tyre. But how effective are these solutions?
SUV tyres: 4 ‘very good’ performers in test
Another winter test, this time covering tyres for compact SUVs. Motoring magazine auto motor und sport (ams) has looked at 215/55 R17 tyres, a size worn by the likes of the Audi Q2, Fiat 500x, Hyundai Kona and VW T-Roc. Ams’ experts tested 11 tyre brands in wet, dry and snow conditions, as well as for rolling resistance and tyre/road noise performance.
The best and worst performing tyres-245/35 R19
Ever wondered what the difference between the best performing tyres and the worst performing tyres is? They’re all just black around round, right? Wrong. There are huge differences between the top and the bottom of the tree. Motoring journalist Jonny Smith recently put together this video, which illustrates the contrast beautifully.
Toyo continues Fortuna Duesseldorf sponsorship
Toyo Tires has signed a contract sponsoring German Bundesliga team Fortuna Duesseldorf until 2022. During the past four seasons of sponsorship, Toyo has followed the team on its journey from Bundesliga 2 to Bundesliga 1.
53 down to 20: Auto Bild selects finalists for 2019 winter tyre test
If the tabloids have got it right, the Beast from the East will soon return to give us a chill, the likes of which we haven’t seen in decades. Best pay attention then to this season’s winter tyre tests. Auto Bild has got in early and published the results of its winter 2019 elimination round.
Pirelli Calendar: Searching for Shakespeare’s Juliet
Shakespeare’s plays were first brought to life by male actors, including the non-blokeish role of Juliet Capulet. Chaps need not apply for star billing in next year’s Pirelli Calendar though. Although the theme for 2020 is ‘Looking for Juliet’, photographer Paolo Roversi’s shortlist of candidates pays no homage to the ‘boy player’ of old.
Pirelli Track Adrenaline launched
Pirelli has launched its Track Adrenaline UHP virtual tyre technician technology. Track Adrenaline pairs a mobile phone app with sensors inside P Zero Trofeo R tyres and a control box to put supercars through their paces on the track. The Track Adrenaline box is also equipped with a GPS unit to give precise geolocation and definition of racing line information.
World record for Pirelli-shod MX-5
The Mazda MX-5 arrived in the UK nigh on three decades ago, and the love these cars enjoy can be seen in registration figures. More than a quarter of the 25,022 first-gen cars sold here are still on the road. Pirelli loves the MX-5 too, and has been involved in bringing the roaster world record glory on the 30th anniversary of its launch.