Goodyear is the official tyre supplier to two top teams in the upcoming Dakar Rally. In 2020, the famous rally will return to the desert. The race starts on January 5 in Jeddah, Saudi-Arabia. A new continent represents new challenges, especially on the tyre front. The next edition includes a mix of sandy dunes, rocky canyons and wadi’s or dry river beds testing drivers, vehicles and tyres to the max.
One of the rules in the Dakar Rally is that the teams have to compete on standard truck tyres. Goodyear has already a strong record in the super marathon race. Many teams are participating in the race on the brand’s tyres. In previous years, Petronas De Rooy Iveco already occupied many podium places including two first places with Goodyear as their tyre and development partner.
For the 2019-2020 motorsport season, Goodyear is to collaborate with one of the leading automotive racing teams, Kamaz-master. Based on the successful experience on Goodyear 375/90R22.5 Ooffroad ORD tyres, the team saw the potential and reliability of these tyres and decided to sign a contract for the entire season. Besides the Dakar rally in Saudi-Arabia, Goodyear will also support the team in the Silkway in China.
Long-term development partnership with Goodyear and Petronas De Rooy Iveco has resulted in a series of wins, including twice the Dakar, one win in the Africa Eco Race and many more podium places over the years. This ultimately proofs the performance of the tyres in a variety of extreme conditions.
The Goodyear Offroad ORD is designed for off-road performance with excellent traction and increased resistance to damage. The tyres offer advanced robustness in extreme conditions.
The tread pattern with massive blocks along with the optimized compound provides high resistance to tearing and cutting, uniform wear and advanced durability.
Deep and wide grooves simplify self-cleaning of the tread and increase traction on a wide variety of surfaces from mud, rough rocks, loose sand and slippery slopes like in mines and quarries.
Maciej Szymanski, director marketing Europe for commercial business unit at Goodyear said: “Rallies like the Dakar are an ultimate test bed to proof the performance of our standard off-road truck tyres in a very tough environment. The tyre data gathered from testing our products in very challenging and demanding conditions enables us to take our development process to the next level. This way we can further optimise the robustness and traction of the Goodyear Offroad ORD tyre, important for fleets that want to maximise uptime in tough day to day off-road operations.”