January 18, 2014

New in the pits – Pro-Line controlled tire


For Season #3 of the Euro Offroad Series one of the key changes was the controlled tyre.  Having supported the previous seasons of the EOS for the 2013/14 championship, Pro-Line made a major commitment by coming onboard as the official controlled tyre provider.  Debuting their all new carpet tyre, carpet off road racing being rather unique to Europe, at the opening round of the EOS in Poland in October driver feedback showed the tyre needed some tweaking and following the input of racers Pro-Line have come to Berlin with an improved tyre that immediately got a thumbs up from racers.


In addition to changing the tyre both in design for the 2WD front and in compound for both front & rear, the commitment to give racers a quality tyre is very clear and this weekend they have also flown over Product Development Engineer Matt Wallace from California.  Talking to Matt he said they have put a big effort into the development of their carpet tires since EOS Round 1 including building a carpet track inside the factory to start an intensive testing programme to achieve two main goals: better tire wear and higher traction. To do so, they developed a revised Z3 compound and worked on the molds themselves.


The front 2WD Wedge-Squared mold is brand new, the main difference being the addition of more pins to achieve more steering and make for better durability.  The tire also now has a rounder shaped carcass which gives better flex further improving the steering offered by the tyre.


The 4WD front Pin Point mold has been modified to obtain a thicker carcass, to create less flex and less ballooning of the tire for improved stability.  This change also gives better overall front to rear balance of grip.


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