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Bridgestone Europe is launching a new range of On/Off tyres with higher load capacities (EVO marked). According to the company, the advanced new line-up gives operators in the construction and mining sectors the opportunity to carry heavier loads – without compromising tyre performance, cut resistance and durability. The new EVO line-up with higher load capacities comprises: M840 EVO in sizes 13R22.5 & 315/80R22.5 (All position, On/Off road) L355 EVO in sizes 13R22.5 & 315/80R22.5 (Drive, On/Off road) M748 EVO in size 385/65R22.5 (Trailer, On/Off road) L317 EVO in size 13R22.5 (All position, Off road) Thanks to the new Bridgestone EVO range, compared to standard tyres operators will be able to carry an extra 0.5 tons per axle for a single fitment and 2.6 tons on a double fitment with M840 EVO, L355 EVO and L317 EVO. The increased load for M748 EVO is 1.0 tons per axle with a single fitment....

Pirelli Debuts New 18-Inch Concept Tyre

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Tyre manufacturer Pirelli has recently debuted its new 18-inch concept tyres at an event held at Silverstone racetrack. Lotus F1 Team reserve driver Charles Pic completed 14 laps of the Silverstone circuit in the current Lotus E22 equipped with the new 18-inch tyres. Pirelli explained that the lap times were not the focus, as the concept tyre was designed principally to showcase aesthetics rather than performance. Instead, the objective was to gauge reaction to the very different new design, which in general was very positive. “In our view, the new tyres looked stunning fitted to the Lotus, and the reaction has already been felt all over the world,” commented Pirelli’s motorsport director Paul Hembery. “These are just a prototype concept, but if the teams decided that they wanted us to proceed in this direction, we have the capability to carry on development in this area and come up with a production-ready...
Tyre manufacturer Continental has launched its new tyre family Conti Hybrid, which it describes as a new type of tyre for combined use on both regional roads and highways. With its specially designed construction, the new Conti Hybrid range is ideal for heavy-duty distribution and fleet use, says Continental. The first version of the new Hybrid range in 22.5 inch format to be launched is the Conti Hybrid HS3, a steering axle tread for universal use. When compared with its predecessors, the thick new tread design with a high wear volume ("plus volume pattern") apparently guarantees a 17% longer service life. The larger plus volume pattern used for the tread of this new tyre also considerably reduces rolling resistance caused by flexing, making the new Conti Hybrid HS3 a reliable all-rounder for demanding transport schedules on different road types. Pocket sipes inserted diagonally into the base of the tread optimise wet-road...

Many Young Drivers Can’t Change a Tyre

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A recent survey by has found that 54.5% of 18-24-year-olds would not know how to change a tyre on their car if they were to have a puncture or some other problem. When asked why this was the case, respondents gave a number of different reasons, including: Many people now have breakdown cover as part of their insurance policy, and as such it is easier to call for help than to try and fix it themselves. Knowing how to change a tyre isn’t part of the driving test so there has been no requirement to learn. An increasing number of cars are now fitted with run-flat tyres, which has reduced the need to learn how to change a flat tyre. The survey also revealed a gender split, with 57.1% of male respondents saying they were able to change a tyre, compared to only 34.0% of female respondents. suggests that...