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Dunlop has announced the introduction of an all-new range of race tyres specifically designed for the growing range of GTE category cars eligible for events such as the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and European Le Mans Series (ELMS).
Dunlop’s objective was to build on the learnings from the first year of the new ELMS tyre regulations, which introduced a ‘control tyre’ to replace the previously ‘open tyre’ competition in 2015.
Dunlop’s new GTE range has been designed to continue the parity, consistency and durability needed for a diverse range cars, but with improvements to the rear profile and compounds designed to give drivers more confidence in braking and high speed directional change stability.
The tyre range has already proven to be a step forward in tests with various models of car currently used in ELMS. Teams representing BMW, Ferrari and Porsche have already tested the tyres and ELMS newcomers, Beechdean, will test the tyres in Bahrain later this month.
New Intermediate to be added to the range
Dunlop and ELMS have also agreed to introduce an Intermediate tyre option into the championship for the first time since the regulation change to a ‘one brand’ series. This will help reduce costs for teams as they will not have to wear out wet tyres on a semi-dry surface or risk gambling on slicks on a damp track.
2016 Test Session
Mike McGregor, Manager, Testing and Track Support stated: “Dunlop will be inviting current and potential new GTE customers to try the new range of tyres at our Tyre Evaluation Test in Aragon, Spain in March. Initial testing has provided positive feedback on the new range and will help customers preparing for the 24h of Le Mans as well as the major championships such as ELMS and WEC”