Goodyear in pole position for next Dakar Rally with two top teams

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Top teams KAMAZ-master and PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO select Goodyear as their exclusive tire partner.

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18/12/2019 |
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Goodyear announced today that it will be the official tire supplier to two top teams in the upcoming Dakar Rally. In 2020, the famous rally will return to its roots, the desert. The race starts on January 5th in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia. A new continent represents new challenges, especially on the tire front. The next edition includes a mix of sandy dunes, rocky canyons and wadi’s or dry river beds testing drivers, vehicles and tires to the max.

One of the rules in the Dakar Rally is that the teams have to compete on standard truck tires. Goodyear has already a strong proof record in the super marathon race. Many teams are participating in the race on the brand’s tires. In previous years, PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO already occupied many podium places including two first places with Goodyear as their tire and development partner.

2019-2020 Motorsport Season – Goodyear official tire supplier of KAMAZ-master

For the 2019-2020 motorsport season, Goodyear is pleased to start a collaboration with one of the leading automotive racing teams, KAMAZ-master. Based on the successful experience on Goodyear 375/90R22.5 OFFROAD ORD tires, the team saw the potential and reliability of these tires and decided to sign a contract for the entire season. Besides the Dakar rally in Saudi-Arabia, Goodyear will also support the team in the Silkway in China.

“Achieving success in the toughest motorsport disciplines on the planet is possible only if all components of the truck are of the highest quality and perfectly perform their tasks. This also applies to tires: our technical specialists count on the potential and reliability of Goodyear ORD tires, and we are glad to start official cooperation between the KAMAZ-master team and the Goodyear brand — I am sure there are many new achievements to come”, commented Vladimir Chagin, Director of KAMAZ-master racing team.

Long-term development partnership with PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO

The team has a long-term partnership with Goodyear, over the years this collaboration resulted in a series of wins, including twice the Dakar, one win in the Africa Eco Race and many more podium places over the years. This ultimately proofs the performance of the tires in a variety of extreme conditions.

“Goodyear is closely involved in the pre-testing phase, the input we get from the engineering team is supporting us in optimizing the set-up of the vehicle, so the truck and the tires work seamlessly together. To get the best results we define how to adapt the tire pressure in order to optimize the performance and extend the tire life as this means sometimes win or loose”, said Henk Van Leuven, Team manager of PETRONAS De Rooy IVECO.

Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tires

The Goodyear Offroad ORD is designed for off-road performance with excellent traction and increased resistance to damage. The tires offer advanced robustness in extreme conditions.

The tread pattern with massive blocks along with the optimized compound provides:

high resistance to tearing and cutting,

uniform wear,

advanced durability.

Deep and wide grooves simplify self-cleaning of the tread and increase traction on a wide variety of surfaces from mud, rough rocks, loose sand and slippery slopes like in mines and quarries.

“Rallies like the Dakar are an ultimate test bed to proof the performance of our standard off-road truck tires in a very tough environment. The tire data gathered from testing our products in very challenging and demanding conditions enables us to take our development process to the next level. This way we can further optimize the robustness and traction of the Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tire, important for fleets that want to maximize uptime in tough day to day off-road operations”, adds Maciej Szymanski - Director Marketing Europe for Commercial Business Unit at Goodyear.

The biggest challenge

One of the biggest challenges for the tires operating within extreme conditions like the Dakar, is heat management. Driving at hi-speed on rocky surfaces and/or hot sandy dunes makes the temperature inside the tire rise rapidly. High temperature in the tires, makes them more vulnerable for deformation and tire damage. Controlling the heat in the tire can make a difference between finishing the race and being in the top ranks or having to change the tire and catch up. Teams can manage the heat to a certain extend by reducing the speed or lowering the tire pressure. A robust carcass and cool running characteristics as in the Goodyear OFFROAD ORD tires can make them win additional critical time and keep them ahead of the game.

Goodyear has a rich motorsport history in FIA European Truck Racing Championship (ETRC), FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and NASCAR. In addition to the 14 wins in the Le Mans 24 hours, Goodyear tires were used to win 368 Formula One Grand Prix - a record that stands unbeaten. For the upcoming Dakar, the brand is counting on adding more impressive wins with two top teams and building on the heritage, passion, innovation and technology that make up Goodyear's story in racing.

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