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Conti TPMS on Russian KAMAZ-master rally team

Continental’s cutting-edge tyre pressure and temperature monitoring system for commercial vehicles has been installed on the racing truck of the famous Russian KAMAZ-master rally team.

This marks a new stage of cooperation between the German tyre manufacturer and the race team: from providing tyres only, it now extends to integrating a technology solution into the KAMAZ-truck.

Continental’s tyres contributed to the team’s superior performances at Africa Eco Race, Dakar 2017 and Silk Road 2017. With the new ContiPressureCheckTM technology, the ability to monitor crucial tyre parameters in real-time during the race will be another competitive advantage of KAMAZ-master in motor rallies.

A representative of KAMAZ-master, two-time winner of the Dakar Rally Eduard Nikolayev, explained: “Rallies are a very tough sport, where tires are exposed to increased loads at high speeds, and to increased heat – which is why it is important for racers to know internal tyre pressure and temperature. The route goes through cross-country, meaning that tire pressure often has to be changed between 1.8 bar in sand and 6 to 7 bar on hard high-speed terrain. Other manufacturers offer similar systems, but Continental’s product appeals to the team primarily with its high reliability and capability to monitor each tire individually, allowing the driver to promptly response to any problems and maintain high speed, or lower a speed, if the tire is overheated.”

The ContiPressureCheckTM system continuously monitors tyre pressure and temperature in all of the vehicle’s tyres with the help of tyre sensors. Such sensors can be easily installed in any tubeless commercial and truck tyre (≥17.5”). Each sensor has a self-contained battery providing uninterrupted operation for six years or 600,000 km mileage. Signals from the tyre sensors are transmitted to a central control unit on the truck that analyzes and interprets the information and either displays it in the driver cabin or sends it to a connected telematic system. The system can be used on multi-axle vehicles with various wheel configurations.