The following is the most interesting bit of motorsport news that I’ve caught wind of for quite a while. It seems that while the rest of us were worrying about which manufacturer was dropping out of what racing series Yokohama was working on a race-tire compound dubbed “Super Nano-Power Rubber” (say it alloud and you’ll transform into Ultra Man) that uses 20% less synthetic rubber than a comparable race tire.
This is achieved through using orange oil rather than the traditional method of petroleum. These tires will be used by every competitor in every round of the 2009 Patron GT3 Challenge. I know what you’re thinking…”Orange you glad they didn’t use bananas?” LoL! I wonder if the burn outs will smell like orange juice? Ah I have a million of these people! I don’t care what you say I’m funny…
FULLERTON, CA (Jan. 26, 2009) – The 2009 Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama will be the first race series to use tires featuring environmentally friendly orange oil technology. The tires, which are produced using approximately 20 percent less synthetic rubber, will be used by all teams in the six-race series that features Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars.
Yokohama Tire, which is known for its ADVAN® brand of ultra-high-performance street and racing tires, has developed a process that combines orange oil with natural rubber to form a new compound called “Super Nano-Power RubberTM.” This proprietary technology reduces the amount of petroleum used in tires.
“The use of orange oil is an incredible breakthrough for both race car and passenger car tire production” said Mark Chung, director corporate strategy and planning. “This innovative technology increases the use of natural rubber in lieu of petroleum-derived synthetic rubber, while achieving the same level of performance as conventional race tires.”
Researched and tested on the race track, the orange oil technology will also be available to U.S. consumers in the all-new dB Super E-specTM passenger car tire this summer.
Yokohama’s Motorsports division began researching this technology in the late 1980s. Development was recently accelerated as part of the GD100, the company’s global environmental strategy. Benefits from this technology are realized in the manufacturing process, continue throughout the useful life of the tire as a result of lower rolling resistance, and conclude with improved recyclability, according to Chung.
“This is a landmark development by Yokohama and an example of how racing can play an integral part in the development of consumer technology,” said IMSA’s Tim Mayer, chief operating officer of the sanctioning body. “We are excited to have Yokohama involved in this championship and proud of the advancement that its technology represents for the future of racing worldwide.” Details about the Patrón GT3 Challenge by Yokohama can be found at www.IMSAChallenge.com
Yokohama Tire Corporation is the North American manufacturing and marketing arm of Tokyo, Japan-based The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., a global producer and distributor of premium tires since 1917. Servicing a network of more than 4,500 points of sale in the U.S., Yokohama Tire Corporation offers a complete line of tires, including high-performance, light truck, passenger car, commercial truck and bus, as well as off-the-road mining and construction applications. For more information on Yokohama’s extensive product line, visit www.yokohamatire.com.
Yokohama is a strong supporter of the tire care and safety guidelines established by the Rubber Manufacturers Association and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration. Details can be found at the “Taking Care of Your Tires” section at www.yokohamatire.com.