Cooper launches new wet-weather rallycross tyre
Tuesday 2 July 2013
Cooper Tire has launched a new 17-inch wet-weather rallycross tyre, raising the standard in wet-weather performance, as Cooper continues its ongoing commitment to research and development in the Rallycross arena.
The 210/635R17 wet tyres have been developed for the European Rallycross Championship and have already undergone tests in Germany, Sweden and Norway, where they ran competitively.
The all-new Cooper wets have run in open competition in both Portugal and France, where the fastest laps in the heats were set on Coopers.
The new rallycross rubber has received widespread praise from key personalities within the discipline, including 14-time European Rallycross Champion and Hansen Motorsport Team Manager, Kenneth Hansen, who indicated that Cooper’s wet-weather tyre performance was comparable to that of its highly-acclaimed ACB11 in dry conditions.
European Marketing Communications Manager, Sarah McRoberts, said that the move was indicative of Cooper’s long-term involvement in the sport, saying, “Rallycross is a discipline which we’ve been involved with for several years, with both the Cooper and Avon brands being held in very high esteem amongst rallycross competitiors.
“It’s now a very exciting time for the sport and for us, as it continues to grow in stature and is now receiving the respect and interest it deserves as a truly demanding and exciting form of motorsport. As we look to further increase our involvement in rallycross, it’s undoubtedly the right time to branch out and develop a brand new wet-weather tyre that provides the same superior performance as our highly acclaimed ACB11 dry-weather tyres.”
Cooper is already established as the world-leader in rallycross tyre production, with Cooper and Avon brands being the tyres of choice for the vast majority of competitors.
For the 2013 European Rallycross season, Cooper Tire is sponsoring rookie racer, Timmy Hansen. The 21-year-old has thus far enjoyed a fantastic start to his rallycross career, sealing his maiden win at round three in Hungary. The young Swede now lies second in the SuperCar standings.
The next round of the European Rallycross Championship will be held at Höljes, Sweden, over the weekend of July 6-7.