Avon Tyres has doubled the size fitments available in its acclaimed AV11 van tire from eight to 15 sizes. With new fitments in both 15- and 16-inch rims, the additional sizes are suitable for a much wider array of large commercial vehicles including the Iveco Daily, Opel Vivaro, Volkswagen Transporter window van and the Peugeot Boxer.
Designed at Avon’s European technical headquarters in Melksham, Wiltshire, UK, specifically with European road-use in mind, the AV11 has a 10% longer lifespan than its predecessor in the range. In terms of handling, the AV11 also offers further improvements, with the optimum footprint making for better and more intuitive characteristics, especially in wet weather.
Meanwhile the company is celebrating its tenth season as title sponsor to the British GT Championship, and introducing a revised slick tire for the 2015 season. The new slick will be supplied to all GT3 and GT4 teams on the grid, with increased durability and performance across a greater range of ambient and track temperatures.
Avon carried out rigorous testing of the new tire at various European circuits throughout 2014. The culmination of its 2014 GT season also saw the enhanced product on the entire field of the Gulf 12 Hours GT race in December allowing for more than 30,000km of running under tough race conditions, with the top three finishing within six seconds of each other.
Avon Tyres’ technical manager motorsport, Mike Lynch, said, “We have completed significant performance and endurance testing and are very pleased with the results. Wear rates and performance durability recorded so far indicate that teams will be able to run up to two hour stints.”
Competing this year in the GT4 category of the British GT will be MD Graham Johnson and sales director Mike Robinson, UKIP Media & Events, in a Ginetta G55 GT4. Click here for more information.
March 26, 2015