ERJ staff report (DS)
Tokyo -- The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., said it has signed a contract with IDIADA Automotive Technology SA, a Spanish company, to allow Yokohama Rubber to preferentially use IDIADA's new test track under construction with its scheduled start of operation for April 2008.
The contract runs for 15 years from 2008 to 2023.Yokohama said it aims to achieve better evaluation performance and faster tyre development for European markets by securing a test track that can be used to evaluate tyres even in winter.
IDIADA Automotive Technology is an engineering company, settled in 14 countries including Japan, devoted to vehicle development. Its main technical centre, located 70 Km southwest of Barcelona (Spain), includes a comprehensive proving ground equipped with 11 different test tracks for high-speed, fatigue, braking, handling, dynamics and off-road driving. The contract signed by Yokohama Rubber covers the preferential usage of a 1760-metre wet handling track to be constructed within the proving ground with partial straight and circling tracks for hydroplaning tests. Yokohama Rubber plans to use the new test track mainly for the evaluation of tyre compounds and tread patterns.
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Press release from Yokohama