WTCC Yokohama ADVAN update


FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) drivers have universally praised the performance of Yokohama ADVAN tyres in the hard-fought competition, but resounding success has not stopped the Japanese manufacturer from preparing the WTCC’s next generation tyre already.Yokohama is confirmed as the WTCC’s official tyre supplier until the end of 2009 but the manufacturer is not resting on the success of its current racing tyre. In the background, development work is already underway on the next generation of performance rubber. When the current tender ends in 2009, the ADVAN design used in today’s WTCC will be three years old. Should the FIA and WTCC teams decide to use a different specification tyre, Yokohama will already have developed options, in line with touring car changes, and be ready to manufacture their latest product. As the WTCC field, together with partner series Formula Master which also runs on ADVANs, heads for the first street circuit of the season in Pau, France, Yokohama tyre engineer Mr Watanabe explains the Japanese company’s philosophy behind the 2009 developments. “Developing the WTCC tyre is a constant evolution at Yokohama,” said Watanabe. “We hope to win the 2010 tender as we have done for the past two years and in order to be prepared we have started work already. “Touring cars evolve each year as do their counterpart road cars. As part of our development, we are already considering a range of variables which we are investigating. Tests are already scheduled to work on some of our initial ideas; everything is about being pro-active so that we are ready when the time comes.”Pau track facts   Length of circuit / number of corners 2,760m / 15 Distance:turn ranking (1-10)* 9.15 (second most demanding 2008 WTCC track) Race distance 19 laps x 2,760m = 52,440m Average speed of 2007 winner Menu, 117.94kph (weather/track bright 17º/dry 31º)

* Where 10 is the 2008 WTCC circuit with the most turns/KMYOKOHAMA is the official tyre supplier for:

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