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Yokohama Rubber says the ‘superior driveability and durability’ delivered by the Geolandar A/T G015 tyres contributed to the victory.
The Yokohama Rubber Co, Ltd announced that a car fitted with its Geolandar A/T G015 all-terrain tyres for SUVs came in first in the Extreme 4WD (X4WD) class in Australia’s largest off-road race, the Tatts Finke Desert Race held from 8th to 10th June. The victorious car was a Toyota Hilux driven by Tadamitsu Niihori and Murray Kenneth Hynes of the Toyota Racing Development (TRD) team. Yokohama Rubber says the ‘superior driveability and durability’ delivered by the Geolandar A/T G015 tyres contributed to the victory.
The Tatts Finke Desert Race is a 460km round-trip race run through a vast desert wilderness in the inland area of Australia’s Northern Territory known as the Red Centre, which is famous for its thick covering of fine red sand. The TRD team cut 20 minutes off its previous years’ time in the first-leg outward bound trip on day one and continued its stable run through the desert on day two, when 60 of the 143 vehicles in the race failed to finish within the race’s time limit. The TRD team finished the race at the top of its vehicle class, in large part due to the durability of the Geolandar tyres, which enabled the team to run for two days over difficult terrain without once needing to change tyres. Driver Niihori said the Geolandar A/T G015 tyres were selected for their lightweight, which enabled the driver to take advantage of the suspension’s movement during a desert race. He added that he was able to concentrate on driving because the tyres provided ample traction and excellent control while racing on deep sand. In addition, the team did not have to deal with flat tyres or other problems during the qualifying round and the finals.
Yokohama Rubber says the Geolandar A/T G015 is an all-terrain tyre that delivers ‘superb driveability and durability’ in off-road conditions and a ‘comfortable, quiet ride’ on city streets. The tyre’s design is seen as stylish while also achieving the powerful image befitting an off-road tyre. The technology strategy outlined in Yokohama Rubber’s Grand Design 2020 (GD2020) medium-term management plan positions motor sports activities as crucial to the company’s effort to be at the vanguard of the development of new tyre technologies. Yokohama Rubber is therefore participating in a wide variety of events in Japan and around the globe, from formula and touring car races to rally, off-road and kart races.
横滨橡胶株式会社日前宣布，配备Geolandar A/T G015全地形轮胎的SUV，在澳大利亚于6月8日至10日举行的最大越野赛Tatts Finke 沙漠赛Extreme 4WD中勇夺冠军。这辆获胜的丰田Hilux，由丰田TRD车队车手Tadamitsu Niihori和Murray Kenneth Hynes驾驶。横滨橡胶表示，Geolandar A/T G015 的卓越驾驶性与耐用性 ，是助力该车队夺冠的最大“功臣”。
Tatts Finke 沙漠赛是一个往返全程460公里广阔荒凉沙漠的比赛。这个坐落在澳大利亚北部内陆地区，被称为红土中心的沙漠，因被厚厚细红沙所覆盖而闻名。TRD车队第一天向外出行的第一站，花费的时间比往年少20分钟 ，第二天更是顺畅平稳地越过沙漠 。而参赛的143辆赛车中，多达60 辆赛车无法在指定时间里完赛。TRD车队不仅完成比赛，还赢得其级别中的第一名，而Geolandar轮胎的耐用性是最大关键，使该车队能够两天的困难地形里完全无需更换轮胎。车手Niihori说，选择GeolanderA/TG015 是因为它的重量轻，车手能在沙漠比赛中好好运用悬挂系统的移动。他说他能将注意力放在驾驶上，因为该轮胎可在深沙里提供极大的牵引力和卓越的操控。此外，他们的车队在选拔赛和决赛中无需处理轮胎的其他的问题。
横滨橡胶说，Geolandar A/T G015是一条全地形轮胎，可提供卓越的越野驾驶性能和耐用性，并在城市街道中拥有舒适，安静的驾驶体验。轮胎的设计时尚，营造出了越野轮胎所需要的“野性”形象。
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