Giti Tire to return to Formula Drift with GT Radial brand in 2020


RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif.—Giti Tire USA is planning to return to Formula Drift next year with its GT Radial brand after a three-year hiatus.

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GT Radial to Compete in Formula Drift in 2020


GT Radial will return to Formula Drift, North America’s professional drifting competition, in 2020 after competing from 2014-2016.

“There’s a lot of great things happening at GT Radial, a tire brand that has been rolling on American roads for 25 years now,” said Thomas Okihisa, director of marketing for Giti Tire USA.

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Bridgestone names director for race tire production


NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Bridgestone Americas Inc. has promoted Cara Adams to director, race tire engineering and production for Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations and Firestone Racing.

In her expanded leadership role, the firm said Adams will oversee the race tire production process from product design and development to manufacturing and management.

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Toyo Tires returns to USAF 25 hours of Thunderhill


Toyo Tires continues to support USAD 25 Hours of Thunderhill with its on-site VIP Track Services and Hospitality for Racers and Teams.

The 25 Hours is the longest endurance road race in North America and Toyo Tires is celebrating its eighth year supporting the event.

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Falken Releases Ziex ZE960 A/S High-Performance All-Season Tire


Falken Tire has launched its newest tire, the Ziex ZE960 A/S, a high-performance all-season tire designed to deliver long-lasting safety and sports car-inspired performance to today’s dynamic passenger car vehicles, the company says.

The ZE960’s predecessor, the Ziex ZE950, was made in over 100 sizes for vehicles from sports coupes to CUVs. This time around, Falken limited its size offering to 53, specifically focusing on the demands of today’s dynamic coupes and sedans.

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JSR launches new SBR for high performance tires

Tokyo – JSR Corp. has developed a new styrene butadiene copolymer rubber (SBR) for automotive tires with “significantly improved” mechanical strength and wear resistance compared to conventional SBR, the company announced 3 Sept.

Developed to meet the demands of future mobility, the new rubber combines JSR’s “unique polymerisation and hydrogenation technologies” to control the number of unsaturated bonds in the material.

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Pirelli P Zero Named Best Performance Tire


Pirelli recently announced that its P Zero tire has been the best ultra-high performance tire by Evo magazine.

Evo, an international publication for car enthusiasts worldwide, was founded in 1998. The slogan of the magazine is “the thrill of driving”.

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GfK: Summer tire sales rise 14% in 2019


NEW YORK — Summer tire sales from independent tire dealers increased 14% in the first half of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018, according to point-of-sale data from research and analytics firm GfK.

“With 1.8 million units sold, summer tires have accounted for $291 million in revenue so far this year,” GfK said in an Aug. 27 release.


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NASCAR tweaks uncontrolled tire definition following industry feedback

Following recent scrutiny from some of the biggest names in the sport, NASCAR has adjusted its definition for what is an uncontrolled tire across all three national tours. In a rules update released to teams on Wednesday, crew members will no longer be required to be within an arm’s length when controlling tires. A tire will only be considered uncontrolled if the tires create a safety issue or interfere-impede with another competitor’s pit stop.

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Michelin designs all-season UHP run-flats for 2020 mid-engine ‘Vette


TUSTIN, Calif. — The 2020 Corvette is the first mid-engine version of Chevrolet’s iconic two-seat sports car in its 60-plus-year history – and the first Corvette to come OE with all-season tires.

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