Bridgestone strengthens partnership with BMW

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Bridgestone has been selected to supply the new BMW X5, 8 Series and 3 Series. Globally the tire maker now provides BMW with original equipment tires across the entire vehicle range.

Each tire has been developed for the application in a process that typically takes more than two years. During development of the tires for the BMW X5 it was clear that ride was extremely important. Bridgestone fine-tuned the tire to collaborate with the electronically controlled shock absorbers, five-link rear suspension and adjustable air suspension on the all-wheel-drive SUV.

After extensive fine-tuning and testing, eight Bridgestone fitments were approved by BMW, ranging in size from 18in to 21in, as original equipment for the X5 in Europe. The Alenza 001 tire has been confirmed as a summer fitment, with the Blizzak LM001 approved as a winter tire.

For the new 8 Series, Bridgestone developed bespoke Turanza T005 and Potenza S007 tires that are said to highlight the comfort and sporty performance of the vehicle. Engineers went back to a blank sheet of paper. Using an innovative mixing process, they were able to combine unique materials to create a tire compound that delivers grip in wet and dry conditions, and stiffness that assists cornering and response.

For the latest 3 Series, Bridgestone used 3D virtual design software to analyze and fine-tune the tire’s shape and pressure distribution. This tool was also used to improve the wet and dry grip. The tire features a new compound that improves temperature control and material dispersion. The Turanza T005 was selected for summer, the Blizzak LM001 for winter and the LS100A as an all-season option, with run-flat technology included on 11 of the 17 tires.

Mark Tejedor, VP of original equipment at Bridgestone EMEA, said, “What we have accomplished with BMW addresses current challenges and helps us to optimize our technology, especially in terms of safety and performance.

“We are looking forward to continuing the intense partnership with BMW with a variety of new vehicles due to be launched by the company in 2019.”

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