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Yokohama Rubber to Again Participate in US’s Most Challenging Hill Climb

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Yokohama Tire Corporation will be supplying to about 18 cars competing in the 100th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Yokohama to Supply Sustainable Tyres for Pikes Peal Hill Climb

The Yokohama Rubber Co., Ltd., has announced that its US subsidiary Yokohama Tire Corporation (YTC) will be supplying Yokohama tyres to about 18 cars competing in the 100th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb to be held in Colorado, USA, on 26th June.

The supplied tyres will include the first provision of Yokohama’s Advan A052 street sports tyres made from sustainable materials. Yokohama Rubber will contribute to the excitement of a memorable 100th running of Pikes Peak hill climb by supporting entries in all six divisions, and the Company looks forward to a Yokohama-supported team winning in each division as well as recapturing the overall championship won in 2020.

The Advan A052 tyres made from sustainable materials will be used on the Electric Performance/NRS 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid, piloted by Blake Fuller, competing in the Exhibition Division. These tyres have achieved a high recyclable material content as the petroleum-derived butadiene rubber previously used in the sidewall, the part of the tyre that changes shape the most when the vehicle is moving, has been replaced by biomass-derived butadiene rubber. Supplying these tyres for use at this year’s event will provide Yokohama Rubber with new knowledge about the tyres’ performance in harsh hill-climb conditions and further accelerate its development of technologies that will reduce tires’ burden on the environment.

The Company is continuing its development of tyres incorporating sustainable materials and looks forward to supplying such tyres for more cars competing at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in the coming years.

YTC also will supply other Yokohama tyres to several other leading drivers, including 2021 Exhibition Division champion Randy Pobst, who will be driving a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid, and 2020 King of the Mountain Clint Vahsholtz, for use on his Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 competing in the Pikes Peak Open Division.

YTC is adding to the excitement of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by again supplying its Advan A052 tyres as the one-make control tyre used by Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport vehicles competing in the Porsche Pikes Peak Trophy by Yokohama Division. This marks the fifth straight year that Advan A052 tyres have been selected as the control tyre for this division’s cars.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is a hill climb competition with a long and illustrious history dating back to 1916. It is also known as the “Race to the Clouds” as the course starts at an elevation of 2,862 meters and covers about 20 kilometers before reaching the finish line at an altitude of 4,300 meters. Cars running on Yokohama tyres captured two division championships in 2021 and the overall championship in 2020.

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