Yokohama Sets to Develop Tyres with Higher Sustainable Material Content
The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., will supply Advan racing tyres with a sustainable material content as the control tyre for the Japanese Super Formula Championship from the 2023 season. The company has completed development of tyres for use in dry conditions and will continue developing tyres for wet conditions with the aim of supplying them from 2023.
The dry condition tyres being supplied by Yokohama Rubber use natural rubber and various naturally derived compounding agents including oil produced from oil palm nuts and orange peels, as well as recycled iron, rubber recycled from waste tyres, and synthetic rubber produced using the mass balance method. As a result, sustainable materials account for about 33 per cent of all materials used in the tyres, which have demonstrated performance equivalent to that of the standard tyres used in Super Formula 2022 races.
Racing tyres made from sustainable materials will be supplied in support of the Super Formula Next 50 (SF NEXT 50) project announced in October 2021 by Japan Race Promotion Inc., which runs the Super Formula series. The SF Next 50 project is being promoted with the cooperation of various companies that share the common goal of creating a sustainable motorsports industry by responding to changes in the environment surrounding the automobile and motorsports industries, including the promotion of SDGs and carbon neutrality.
Aiming to develop racing tyres that include sustainable materials without compromising driving performance, Yokohama Rubber tested its tyres as part of the trial runs for next-generation formula cars that were held before and after each Super Formula race during the 2022 season. The company will continue its efforts to develop tyres with higher sustainable material content in 2023 and coming years.