YOKOHAMA DEBUTS UPGRADED ORANGE OIL-INFUSED RACE TIRE
Who would have thought that oranges could be used in tires? Unbelievable but true; Yokohama is back with new technological advances in its ADVAN ENV-R2 tire. It's the world's only eco-friendly race tire and it grips better, plus cuts petroleum use by 20%. It will also be the spec tire of two major race series this year.
A little more orange oil means a lot less petroleum, according to Yokohama Tire Corporation, which introduced its upgraded environmentally-sensitive ENV-R2 tire at a press conference today in Sebring, Florida. Yokohama's orange oil-infused racing slicks utilizes sustainable resources such as orange oil and natural rubber to help cut petroleum use during manufacturing.
"Yokohama is the only tire company to have perfected this science," said Mark Chung, Yokohama director, corporate strategy and planning. "The ENV-R2 replaces the ENV-R1, which debuted in '09 and became the world's first environmentally-friendly tire used in a racing series. Now we have the ENV-R2, which is faster, grips better and has even more orange oil and natural rubber in it, further reducing petroleum use in the tire." Normal racing tires contain little or no natural materials. The ENV-R1 increased the renewable, natural content to 15%. The ENV-R2, the official spec tire of the Patron GT3 Challenge and the ALMS GT3 Challenge (GTC) Class races, increases it to 20%.
The orange oil technology developed by Yokohama's motorsports division is part of the company's overall global environmental strategy. The proprietary technology, which combines orange oil with natural rubber to form a new compound called "Super Nano-Power Rubber," is now used in race tires and Yokohama's dB Super E-specTM, an everyday passenger car tire that debuted in July '09.