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Pirelli Announces Compound Choices And Mandatory Sets For The 2018 Mexico Grand Prix

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Milan, July 12, 2018Pirelli is bringing the following compounds to the 2018 Mexico Grand Prix (October 26 – 28).

A reminder of the rules:
Each driver must save one set of the softest of the three nominated compounds for Q3. This set will then be returned for those who qualify in the top 10, but the remaining drivers will keep it for the race.

Each driver must have both these sets available for the race.

Teams are free to choose the remaining 10 sets, making 13 sets in total for the weekend.


(*) Selections for long-haul events have to be made 14 weeks in advance; for European races the deadline is 8 weeks in advance.

Goodyear OE on Jaguar E-PACE

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Goodyear has been chosen by Jaguar to supply original equipment tyres for the Jaguar E-PACE, the British vehicle manufacturer’s medium sized SUV.

Goodyear will supply Jaguar’s new SUV with Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV and Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV All-Terrain, both carrying the distinctive “JLR” marking, as a sign of Jaguar Land Rover’s approval.

The tyres have been developed by Goodyear engineers to meet the manufacturer’s specific requirements on low rolling resistance, low weight and good off-road performance.

Both tyres have been homologated in three sizes, with the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV in 235/60R18 107V XL, 235/55R19 105W XL and 245/45R21 104Y XL, and the Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV AT in 235/65R17 108V XL, 235/60R18 107V XL and 245/45R21 104W XL.

Goodyear states that three of the tyres are classified as Class A RRC (Rolling Resistance Coefficient), with another two provided with Goodyear’s SoundComfort Technology, a Foam-in-Tyre solution that reduces interior car noise levels by up to 50 per cent (-4 dbA) on average.

The Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV in an Ultra-High Performance tyre specifically developed for SUVs, and is the latest model in the Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric range. It focuses on optimised braking and handling in all conditions.

The Eagle F1 Asymmetric SUV AT is a more off-road oriented version of the Eagle F1 Asymmetric 3 SUV. The tyre is specifically designed for Jaguar and needed wider grooves for increased grip in off-road conditions and deeper blades for a better winter performance.

“Designing and engineering original equipment for new Jaguar Land Rover models shows once again Goodyear’s capability to understand and implement the requirements of premium vehicle manufacturers,” Nick Harley, Goodyear’s Managing Director OE Consumer EMEA said.

“The E-PACE is the latest of Jaguar premium SUV to be equipped by Goodyear, showing that this long-lasting supply continues to deliver new successful solutions. Goodyear will continue to deliver the ultimate driving experience, providing Jaguar drivers with performance, comfort and safety in all conditions.”


Bridgestone Returns As Title Sponsor of 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge

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Bridgestone Corporation has announced that it will be the title sponsor of the 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge, the world’s foremost solar technology and advanced engineering challenge which is run biennially.

The Bridgestone World Solar Challenge race, which dates back more than 30 years to 1987, covers a 3,000 kilometre route spanning from Darwin to Adelaide, with contestants running the course over a period of about five days.

In 2017, a total of 38 teams, consisting largely of university students from19 countries and regions, took part in the event.

Bridgestone has been the title sponsor of this event, and has continuously supplied teams with solar car tyres since 2013.

Through its involvement in the event, Bridgestone aims to promote the development of environmental technologies and thereby contribute to the realisation of a sustainable society.

The 2019 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge will be held from October 13 to 20, 2019.


Gold Coast Recycler Invests in Technology to Recycle Car Tyres into Bricks

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A Gold Coast recycler has invested in technology that turns unwanted car tyres into bricks to be used for paving, retaining walls and house foundations.

Adrian Fuller, owner of Adrian’s Metal Recyclers at Molendinar, said his business scrapped 1,200 to 1,500 cars a month but times were getting tougher as a result of China restricting imports of recyclable material.

“The days of buying material from the public and putting it into a container and sending it overseas are all done and dusted,” Mr Fuller said.

According to the ABC, China’s National Sword policy, introduced this year, means it will no longer accept foreign recycling waste unless it was almost completely uncontaminated.

Mr Fuller’s core business is recycling metal from end-of-life cars, but he said it costs him $3.30 to dump each tyre.

“The Government and the council have noticed that tyres are going to be a problem and we’ve come up with a solution,” he said.

One solution is to shred tyres and turn them into existing products such as playground equipment and gym matting.

Mr Fuller states he would be the first in Australia to convert finely crumbed rubber into fire retardant bricks, pavers, fence panels and sound barriers, having just secured the patent from Canadian company Eco-Flex.

“We can take people’s waste that people don’t want that’s a problem, and we’re going to make it into materials that people can use,” he said.

Waste industry welcomes plans

ABC reports that Waste Management Association of Australia chief executive Gayle Sloan said she welcomed the innovation.

“We recognise as the waste industry that what we’re actually dealing with is resources and these companies that are prepared to invest in technology to turn that back into other products is just terrific,” Ms Sloan said.

“We know if we recycle we create 9.2 jobs for every 10,000 tonnes that we recycle, compared with 2.8 jobs if we simply landfill.”

Mr Fuller said he planned to start products by the end of the year and, if successful, it could be expanded to recycle large quantities of end-of-life tyres.

John Randel, who runs A1 Rubber, Australia’s largest rubber up-cycler, said new technology had to be cost effective.

“I would advise them that the product they wish to manufacture must utilise the natural characteristics of recycled rubber – that being flexibility, non-slip and impact attenuation for it to be successful,” Mr Randel said.

“What we have found is that if your product doesn’t utilise those natural characteristics of the product, there is always a cheaper alternative.”

But Mr Fuller said he was confident of finding a market for the products and his aim would be to help reduce Australia’s mounting stockpiles of used tyres.

“There are instances where people are renting big blocks of land all over Australia and just taking over a million tyres, or 500,000 tyres, and just storing them there and just walking away from the lease,” he said.

Ms Sloane said great consumer awareness about the benefits of buying recycled rubber products would help the waste management industry.

“We’re actually seeing greater demand for recycled plastics as a result of the awareness about this issue,” she said.


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