Yokohama Tire Corporation's motorsport division developed orange oil technology as part of the company's environmental strategy. The technology combines orange oil with natural rubber to form a new compound used in Yokohama race and road tires. The sustainable orange oil cuts petroleum use in the manufacturing process by 20 percent.
The Advan ENV-R2 orange oil-infused race tires are already the official spec tire in the IMSA Patron GT3 Challenge and the new ALMS GT3 Challenge (GTC) Class. However, they are about to embark on a new project, as they are poised to take on Pikes Peak in the new Electric Vehicle Class at the famous hilclimb on June 27.
Yokohama tires will be fitted to a Sanyo battery-powered electric buggy driving a new AC Propulsion engine up Pikes Peak.
Last year, with Japanese driver Ikuo Hanawa at the wheel, the Yokohama-sponsored EV buggy sported placed second in class using off-road Geolandar tires, missing the EV world record by 13 seconds.
Hanawa is back in the new EV Sports Concept HER-02 buggy, but this time using the ENV-R2 tires. It is hoped this will give him the edge over the competition and enable him to set a record time.