ERJ staff report (TP)
Birmingham, UK − Dunlop has announced it will supply a new specification tire construction to the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC).
The new construction will be used on all BTCC dry weather tires, including the new Dunlop Sport Maxx Soft, Medium and Hard variants that were introduced for the 2013 season. The compound for each of these tires will not change, but the new construction has been introduced to offer improved driver feedback and confidence across the whole range.
The new tires feature a more pliable construction which “maintains Dunlop’s trademark durability” but gives “better feedback” to the driver, particularly under heavy braking and in corner sequences that call for rapid directional changes. The new construction means that drivers are able to gain a "more accurate feel", particularly during turn-in to fast corners.
“Although we are a single-brand tire supplier, we are driven to continually improve the product. Over the last few years, we have introduced several new developments, including Radio Frequency Identification Tags, the Harder ‘Thruxton’ tire, the new sizes for NGTC [Next Generation Touring Cars] specification cars and, last year, the range of Soft, Medium and Hard Sport Maxx tires.
“We are continually looking to improve performance and durability, even in a championship where every competitor has the same tires,” said Michael Butler, Car Motorsport Sales and Product Manager.
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Press release from Dunlop