The Development of Goodyear Truck Racing Tyres

Goodyear has signed a three-year deal to become title sponsor and tyre supplier of the British Truck Racing Championship (BTRC).  High performance from the tyres is essential as they are a key component to the BTRC racing trucks.  Goodyear has developed new technologies and innovations to ensure the best performance possible for the Truck Racing tyres.

Testing was completed throughout the development of these tyres.  Racing trucks and their drivers were regularly given the opportunity to push the tyres to their limit on test tracks in Luxembourg and France.  The tests took place on a variety of track surfaces and in both wet and dry conditions to ensure the tyres could provide optimal performance in all environments.

Fast forward to 2017 and development of the Truck Racing tyres is still ongoing.  The latest generation of Goodyear 315/70R22.5 truck tyre carcasses are still being used, but now developments are focused on reducing overheating and increasing lateral rigidity to enhance performance further.  Additionally, a special tread compound and tread design are used to improve ground contact.  The tyres also contain another innovation; Radio Frequency Identity (RFID) in which a microchip is built into the tyre to provide a unique electronic identification.

 

 

Marc Preedy, Commercial Director Goodyear UK&I, explained the benefits of being tyre supplier to BTRC.  “Being the exclusive tyre partner for the BTRC is important for us.  Not only does it give us the opportunity to demonstrate the incredible durability and performance of our products, but also allows us to showcase the innovation that drives our brand in front of the dedicated truck racing audience.  Truck racing is also a platform for us in tyre development.  Engineers from our Innovation Centre in Luxembourg have worked hard to produce tyres that can perform well in extreme conditions, from which we have learnt lessons that help our work in developing ever-better tyres for road-going trucks.”

To experience BTRC for yourself, tickets can be purchased through the BTRC website http://www.btrc.co/.  Fans can watch the races through Motors TV channel, available on Sky 447 and Virgin 545, and online at www.motorsportwebtv.co.uk