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Pirelli Named a Dow Jones Sustainability Index Leader for 2018

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Pirelli has been named leader of the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DSJI) World and Europe review in the Auto Components section.

The tyre maker gained a total score of 81 points in the annual review of the indices conducted by RobecoSam and S&P Dow Jones, compared with a sector median of 32.

Also named to the global Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 2018 were Bridgestone Corporation and Hankook Tyre.

Launched in 1999, the Dow Jones sustainability indices are among the most important market indices regarding sustainability at the world level.

Involving over 2,000 companies from 60 industrial sectors, the analysis is based on the evaluation of economic, environmental and social factors – which are the three aspects which define the concept of sustainability in terms of enduring value creation for all stakeholders.

Sources:

https://www.tyrepress.com/2018/09/pirelli-a-dsji-industry-leader-2018/

https://www.hankooktire.com/au/about-hankook-tire/media-center/press-room.63830.html?div=&text=&selsort=&tab=&page=

https://www.moderntiredealer.com/news/731287/4-tire-companies-earn-spots-on-sustainability-index?page=3

 

Goodyear Selected as Original Equipment on Audi e-tron

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Audi’s first fully electric SUV, the e-tron will feature Goodyear’s Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV tyres as original equipment.

According to Goodyear, its tyres fitted to the Audi e-tron meet the German manufacturer’s demanding mileage requirements. As electric vehicles operate with higher torque compared to cars with a combustion engine, tyre wear can be up to the 25 per cent higher, but Goodyear states that its Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV is able to address these challenges thanks to its technically advanced construction.

With optimised braking and handling performance in all conditions and its Active Braking Technology, the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV tyre can shorten braking distance by 1.2 metres on both dry and wet roads.

Its SUV-Optimised Construction technology can improve handling at higher speeds, improve cornering stiffness and decrease tread wear.

These features are combined with a UHP Cool Cushion Layer, a technology that improves handling while reducing rolling resistance.

The e-tron’s tyres also use Goodyear’s Sound Comfort Technology, which effectively reduces the interior noise by half (up to 4dB) – a perfect fit for electric vehicles as tyre and road noises can be quite dominant.

The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV will be fitted in 265/45R21 SUV size.

Source: http://news.goodyear.eu/latest-news/all/goodyear-eagle-f1-asymmetric-3-suv-fitted-on-audi-e-tron-in-san-francisco/s/ea24cca1-a5db-4325-a444-6fecb266e4b6

 

Pirelli Tyres Approved as OE on BMW X4

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The BMW Group has approved a range of Pirelli tyres as original equipment for the second-generation BMW X4.

All Pirelli tyres approved as original equipment for the X4 have been tailor-made and adapted to the coupe SUV’s chassis.

Such individual versions correspond to Pirelli’s ‘Perfect Fit’ strategy, according to which the company designs and produces specific tyres for individual vehicle models in the premium and prestige segments.

P Zero:

19-inch: 245/50R19 105W XL (front and rear axle)
20-inch: 245/45R20 103W XL (front axle, run-flat)
275/40R20 106W XL (rear axle, run-flat)
245/45R20 103Y XL (front axle, run-flat)
275/40R20 106Y XL (rear axle, run-flat)

21-inch: 245/40R21 100Y XL (front axle, run-flat)
275/35R21 103Y XL (rear axle, run-flat)

Cinturato P7:

18-inch: 225/60R18 104W XL (front and rear axle, run-flat)
19-inch: 245/50R19 105W XL (front and rear axle, run-flat)

The Cinturato P7 AllSeason and Winter Sottozero Series III were also approved in a range of sizes.

Source: https://www.tyrepress.com/2018/09/pirelli-oe-for-bmw-x4/

2018 Singapore Grand Prix – Race

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LEWIS HAMILTON WINS FOR MERCEDES WITH JUST ONE HYPERSOFT-SOFT TYRE CHANGE IN SINGAPORE, AS USUAL WITH A SAFETY CAR

WIDE VARIETY OF DIFFERENT TYRE STRATEGIES SEEN: ALL THREE COMPOUNDS USED DURING THE RACE

NEW RACE LAP RECORD ESTABLISHED WITH THE HYPERSOFT: MORE THAN THREE SECONDS FASTER THAN PREVIOUS BENCHMARK

 

Singapore, September 16, 2018 – Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix from pole, having stopped just once. Like all of the top 10 on the grid, Hamilton started on the P Zero Pink hypersoft, which on Friday and Saturday had proved to be more than a second and a half quicker than the ultrasoft. He made a single stop for the soft compound on lap 15 and then managed his advantage to the finish, without ever losing the lead, thanks to a pace that was faster than those who instead changed to ultrasofts. Like all those who started on the hypersoft, Hamilton benefitted from four laps under the safety car at the start of the race, which prolonged the life of the softest compound.

 

A number of other strategies were tried, including a hypersoft-ultrasoft one-stopper used by Sebastian Vettel to finish third, behind Red Bull’s Max Verstappen – on the same strategy as Hamilton. Verstappen’s Red Bull team mate Daniel Ricciardo also used a hypersoft-ultrasoft strategy to good effect, showing plenty of speed at the end of the race. The highest-placed driver to begin the race on ultrasoft was McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who finished seventh after starting from outside the top 10 on the grid. The fastest lap of the race was set by Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, beating the previous race lap record by more than three seconds.

Singapore kept up its 100% safety car record with an early appearance: because of this it did not substantially affect race strategy.

 

MARIO ISOLA – HEAD OF CAR RACING
“As expected, Singapore was a very long, complex, and demanding race, while the 100% safety car record was maintained. This added another strategic element to what was already a tactically complex race. We saw a number of different strategies at work and a varying number of stops, with the top 10 on the grid all starting on the hypersoft that gave them extra speed at the very beginning of the race but left them open to the possibility of losing track position to those who completed a longer opening stint on a harder tyre or operated an alternative strategy.”

BEST TIME BY COMPOUND

 

LONGEST STINT OF THE RACE

 

THE WINNING STRATEGY
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won the race using one pit stop, which we predicted as the optimal strategy, going from hypersoft to soft on lap 15. On paper, the quickest onestopper was actually ultrasoft to soft, which was used by Alonso to claim seventh.

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