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The MICHELIN Pilot Sport’s energy efficiency and versatility take front stage in Morocco

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Although Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix at Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Morocco took place in bright, sunny weather, the drivers had to cope with big temperature differences during race day, with the thermometer dipping to as low as 3°C at 8am shortly before the beginning of Free Practice
1 before climbing to 26°C for the start of the race.

This amplitude created an interesting challenge for the teams since the drivers and engineers were forced to think ahead and take this shift in account when setting up their respective cars which hadn’t previously run in conditions as hot as those encountered in the afternoon. Their Michelin tyres played a big part in this process and they rose to the occasion perfectly to provide the field with a safe, high performance package all day long.

We didn’t really see the situation as a concern because we knew that the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport climbs to its ideal working temperature very quickly,” said Serge Grisin, the manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme. “As a result, the drivers were able to benefit from its qualities on their first laps straight out of the pits, whether that be in free practice, qualifying or the race itself. We even saw a considerable improvement in the lap times posted in the course of each session, with a gain of close to three seconds during Free Practice 1 which took place at sunrise. For sure, this season’s cars are more powerful but a proportion of this improvement can undeniably be put down to our new tyre.”

Another key factor in Morocco was the energy-efficiency performance of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport which not only allowed the drivers to push as hard as they wished but also favoured some spectacular overtaking and enabled the drivers to benefit fully from their two four-minute Attack Mode periods.

Thanks to its lower rolling resistance and weight, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport makes a real contribution to the cars’ longer range.

Around 25 percent of the energy consumed by a road car – whether powered by an internal combustion engine or electricity – is needed to overcome the rolling resistance of its tyres. Reducing this figure clearly equates to longer range and, in Formula E, the improvements achieved by Michelin in this domain allow the cars to cover an additional lap on the same quantity of energy.

The technology packed by the new MICHELIN Pilot Spot, which made its Formula E debut last month in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, includes several cutting edge performance, versatility and energy efficiency related innovations which Michelin has every intention of carrying over to its road tyres in the future.

The 2019 Marrakesh E-Prix was won by Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing) who was joined on the podium by Envision Virgin Racing’s Robin Frijns and Sam Bird. The third round of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship will take teams to Santiago, Chile, on January 26.

Hankook Tyre Announces Creative Partnership with Peaches

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Hankook Tyre has announced it will partner with Peaches, a California lifestyle and fashion brand which focuses on translating street car culture into modern-day street fashion clothing.

In the near future, Hankook Tyre’s design team and Peaches will unveil several projects, including a series of experimental sports tyre designs to appeal to up and coming generations of drivers.

Hankook Tyre and Peaches share a similar vision to support the development and growth of trendiness, especially the street-car youth culture. We believe this collaboration with such a unique fashion brand that caters to these audiences will help us venture our interests in an untraditional way,Hankook Tyre Marketing Division Senior Vice President Seungbin Lim said.

According to Hankook, the goal of Peaches is to bring the joy back to driving, a principle it celebrates by building performance cars, designing apparel, and filming noir-style videos. It has undertaken collaborations with influential music, art, style, publishing and sport companies, including Nike, BMW and Esquire.

Tyres are essential items for vehicles but are often overlooked aesthetically. We believe there is potential to portray our creativity, as this is simply viewed as a canvas. In modern times, fashion brands are re-interpreting essential objects, and we believe that rubber tyres should be affordable, functional, and visually pleasing,” Peaches US Directory Henry E. Song said.

These jointly developed products will be showcased in Peaches-built future project cars, including 2001 BMW E46 M3, BMW M4, 1996 Porsche 993 RWB, and many more.


Vehicle Sales Down in Challenging 2018 Environment

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New vehicle sales declined over a challenging 2018, accordingly to results released by the motor industry’s statistical service, VFACTS.

National vehicle sales for December fell by 14.9 per cent from the corresponding month in 2017 to 87,528 vehicles, which took sales for the year to 1,153,111 vehicles.

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) Chief Executive Tony Weber acknowledged the lower result in 2018, which represents a reduction of three per cent form the 2017 record sales year.

New vehicle sales results in 2018 reflect a challenging climate across the Australian economy including a slowing housing market, tightening of money lending and the drought,” Mr Weber said.

Mr Weber also highlighted 2018 as a year of continuing adjustment for motoring consumers, with the year seeing a further shift to SUV sales at the expense of passenger vehicles.

“Australian consumers continue to value the comfort, flexibility and utility of SUVs, which collectively accounted for 43 per cent of the market in 2018. We predicted this trend to continue last year, and this has certainly been the case,” Mr Weber said.

In addition to the rise of SUV sales, sales of light commercial vehicles continued to climb, with the Toyota HiLux again the number one selling vehicle in 2018 across all categories with 51,705 sales.

The HiLux was followed by the Ford Ranger, again number two in the market with 42,144 sales, followed by the Toyota Corolla (35,320), the Mazda 3 (31,065) and the Hyundai i30 (28,188).

Across the brands, Toyota again led the market in 2018 with 18.8 per cent market share, followed by Mazda (9.7 per cent), Hyundai (8.2 per cent), Mitsubishi (7.4 per cent) and Ford (6 per cent).


JAX Tyres Leads Electric Automotive Push With Brisbane’s First Retail Charge Station

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07th January 2019 – JAX Tyres, Australia’s most respected tyre and mechanical servicing brand, has today launched the brand’s first, free electric car charging station for the public, located at 98 Logan Road, Woolloongabba, in South Brisbane.

The station is part of a 2019 nation-wide roll-out by JAX to future-proof their 86 stores in partnership with electric car utilities experts, EVolution. This will be the first station for a tyre or mechanical store in Australia as the industry adapts to the technology changes that are disrupting the automotive market, including new types of fuel and energy storage solutions, as the automotive race to zero-emission targets ramp up.

JAX Tyres CEO Mr. Steve Grossrieder believes diversification is a good thing for the automotive industry and that JAX Tyres is ahead of the market in providing solutions for their customers.

We need agility to service all technologies moving forward, especially in the automotive race to zero-emission targets. JAX Tyres has a very solid service network through our best-in-class franchisees and longstanding relationship with our trusted group of Global Top ranked brand suppliers including EVolution. Choosing the right partner is critical and EVolution have the expertise and access to the best quality equipment on the market.

“Through this relationship, JAX Tyres will keep its position as a leading innovative technology driven retailer and our commitment to delivering market leading customer services.

Mr. Grossrieder confirmed that the diversification strategy will continue throughout 2019 and that new JAX Tyres stores in South Australia and Western Australia will be equipped, ensuring they can continue to serve customers into the future.

Russell Shepherd, CEO of EVolution said, “We’re very excited to be a part of JAX’s plans for a sustainable future. Drivers will be able to charge their cars either as JAX customers or as passers-by. Furthermore, and unique to JAX Tyres, any electric vehicle will be topped up via portable chargers while being serviced. The public JAX Charging network will be made up of a combination of Charge-Amps AURA Dual Port AC 22KW EVSEs and Tritium DC Fast Chargers.

Once complete this will be the largest retail based EV charging network in Australia. All charging will be “free forever’’ and accessible without the need for swipe card or mobile phone app,” finished Mr. Shepherd.

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