Dunlop Sport Maxx Passes Thruxton Test - Tire Review Magazine

Dunlop Sport Maxx Passes Thruxton Test

(Clacton, U.K./Tyres & Accessories) Dunlop used the Great and British Motorsport Festival at Thruxton to put the latest Dunlop SP Sport Maxx tyre to its toughest test in preparation for the forthcoming 2007 Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup for Production Cars.

The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx road tyre was tested on two cars that are expected to grace the grids of the new production cup next year. The Hyundai Coupe V6 and Vauxhall Astra VXR Sprint were both chosen for initial tyre evaluation work as these front-wheel drive cars make the front tyres work extremely hard over a race distance.

The test-driving was carried out on the Hyundai by Radical Enduro racer Roger Green and Dunlop Race Academy winner Simon Shaw, with Dunlop’s James Bailey testing the Vauxhall.

Bailey reported: "Thruxton is the toughest circuit in the U.K. on tyres. The long, fast corners transmit high loads through suspension and tyres, and the abrasive surface is a test of tyre compound. The Dunlop SP Sport Maxx was designed as a high performance road tyre, but in this most demanding of tests, it performed superbly with consistent times and plenty of feedback in a simulated race distance at Thruxton."

"We feel that the ethos of the BARC/Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup should be for cars as close to road specification as possible, and we are delighted that we have been able to prove the Sport Maxx is the right tyre for this demanding challenge,” added Bailey.       

Top BTCC team Triple Eight Race Engineering added their support to the test, with the prototype 240bhp Astra VXR Sprint car making its Great and British track debut. This car is being developed for sale to customers for the inaugural 2007 series.

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