Falken is OEM for new Toyota Corolla

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Tyres from two Falken series have been chosen as original equipment for the new Toyota Corolla models, available since March 2019. The new vehicles will be fitted with the ZIEX ZE914B ECORUN tyre in sizes 225/40R18 92 W XL and 225/45R17 91W, and the SINCERA SN832B tyre in size 205/55R16 91V.

The world’s best-selling car, the Toyota Corolla has long been synonymous with high reliability. Now its cutting-edge hybrid drive version is also raising the bar for performance and efficiency – a perfect match for the Falken ZIEX ZE914B ECORUN, which will be fitted to the Corolla’s new hatchback model. The ZIEX ZE914B ECORUN offers outstanding handling and braking characteristics, even in wet conditions. It has been modified to reflect the advanced requirements of hybrid drive vehicles, now delivering improved rolling resistance that reduces fuel consumption. With its powerful grip, the ZIEX ZE914B ECORUN is an excellent choice for all dynamic driving styles.

Independent testers have regularly praised Falken ZIEX ZE tyres; tests held by leading German motoring magazine auto motor sport awarded “Recommended” status to the ZIEX ZE914 ECORUN (size 215/60R 17H), highlighting its “well-balanced wet driving characteristics with extremely neutral handling and high steering precision” and “good ride comfort”.

The saloon models of the new Toyota Corolla will be fitted with Falken SINCERA SN832B as OE tyres. Launched in 2014, the Falken SINCERA SN832 ECORUN was Falken’s first energy-saving tyre and has undergone continual advancements since its introduction. It offers superior wet grip plus excellent aquaplaning behaviour coupled with high fuel efficiency. Testers from the German motoring association ADAC agreed, choosing the tyre as overall winner of the 2018 ADAC Summer Tyre Test. The SINCERA SN832 ECORUN delivered convincing dry performance throughout all test categories and received “Very Good” for driving behaviour and safety; wet performance was judged “Good” and lateral aquaplaning “Very Good”.

The tyres are manufactured at the SRI plant in Turkey and fitted at the Toyota plants in Castle Donington in the UK and Sarkaya in Turkey.

 

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Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM project announced by R-Reforged

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Niederwil (Switzerland) / Warwick (UK) 2nd September 2019 – R-Reforged is proud to announce a new unique project today, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM. CALLUM has revisited one of Ian Callum’s most iconic creations. A limited run of 25 reborn vehicles, it is the latest in a series of exclusive R-Reforged editions fully endorsed by Aston Martin Lagonda. Customers can choose to upgrade their own existing car or have one sourced, and will be encouraged to play an active role in creating their unique Vanquish.

“It’s rare that a designer has the chance to retell the story of one of their own cars. I’ve wanted to do that for some time and with R-Reforged we could do something special,” says Ian Callum CBE, Design Director. “Materials and technologies have advanced, allowing us to introduce these along with new ideas that weren’t feasible when the car was launched.”

Marek Reichman, Executive Vice President and Chief Creative Officer at Aston Martin, says: “I like that the CALLUM team’s first project is based on the original V12 Vanquish designed by Ian. Aston Martin Lagonda is very proud of the cars created during Ian’s time and they are an important part in both our heritage and evolution.”

R-Reforged, which collaborates with Aston Martin Lagonda’s projects, is specialised in building automobiles, which are based on iconic brands, crafted by outstanding designers, created and reforged by a passionate and experienced team. R-Reforged, with its UK based team, has been the driving force of the CALLUM programme from the outset and will play a key part in the client experience and liaison process.

“R-Reforged is intent on creating mesmerising and bespoke automotive masterpieces,” says Dr Andreas Baenziger, Co-Founder of R-Reforged. “With Ian, we can not only offer such a car but also the prospect of a special customer experience by specifying it with the original designer. With the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM we are very proud to establish another exciting project following the market introduction of the Aston Martin Vantage V12 Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged.”

R-Reforged is besides R-Motorsport, R-Experience and R-Services one of four brands of AF Racing AG. The Swiss company is also active in motor racing. With its sister brand R-Motorsport it holds the exclusive licence of Aston Martin Lagonda to run and compete in the Class One regulated DTM racing series. In addition to its ever growing presence in motor sports AF Racing AG is also involved in Aston Martin’s mid-engine programme. Along with Aston Martin Lagonda and Red Bull Advanced Technologies, it is a strategic partner of the Aston Martin Valkyrie hypercar project.

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Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM

After 18 months of development, the Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM retains the iconic silhouette whilst benefitting from over one hundred design changes, each offering form and function benefits. Sitting 10mm lower on custom forged 20” rims, the stance and visuals are honed and more assertive with increased stability. Reprofiled front and rear carbon fibre bumpers lift the visuals and increase aerodynamic efficiency whilst new high-intensity LED head and taillights provide a purer light and freshen the aesthetics.

Highlighting the no compromise approach, it features new carbon fibre side strakes, all-new wing mirrors, one-piece carbon window surrounds, re-formed sills, aluminium/carbon fuel filler and bespoke rear diffuser with integrated exhaust box. “We’ve addressed many of the individual areas we feel deserved a second look,” adds Callum. “The overall effect, including the stance, gives the car a new lease of life. Applying our design philosophy of balancing form and function has resulted in what we feel is the ultimate Vanquish.”

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Chassis

Chassis tuning was a significant area of development for the engineering team, led by Adam Donfrancesco. “We love the original Vanquish but expectations of the performance of a GT car have changed since its launch,” says Donfrancesco. “Today’s GT should blend sports car performance with usability, yet be comfortable enough to eat up a thousand-mile mission without a thought. Our focus was to create a supple and comfortable ride that’s responsive and a chassis that is supportive but not harsh. With stiffer anti-roll bars, tuned dampers, custom springs and lower ride height, we’ve increased steering response and reduced roll but crucially allowed the damping to ‘breathe’ a little more. The car now actually feels lighter than the original and more alive.”

Engineers worked closely with partner Michelin at its Ladoux test facility to select the optimum Pilot Sport tyres and settings for the custom 20” forged wheels, which, thanks to diameter and offset changes, now fill the Vanquish arches. “Michelin’s cutting-edge tyre technology gives us a step-change in all-round performance,” continues Donfrancesco. “Overall grip, steering accuracy and noise have all improved.”

Peter Shaw, Key Account Manager at Michelin, added: “Developments over the past two decades in tyre compound and construction technology have allowed us to deliver the performance, comfort and driving feel to perfectly match the updated Vanquish and suit today’s GT driver.”

Brakes have also been upgraded with the latest Aston Martin carbon ceramic discs, cooled via 3D printed air ducts. New race-spec hub bearings improve brake pedal feel, an Achilles’ heel of the original car.

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Performance

Placing equal emphasis on extracting more performance from the 5.9 litre V12, it now delivers an extra 60bhp over the original 520bhp with new carbon induction and exhaust systems. Illustrating the detailed approach taken, carbon and leather engine dressing, often overlooked by car makers, provides functionality in a beautiful package. Conscious some owners may prefer the effortless nature of a true automatic, a six-speed torque convertor transmission is available as an option.

Interior

Advances in materials and technology have made the most dramatic updates to the all-new interior. A carbon fibre dash and centre console houses an integrated eight-inch display featuring Car Play and Android Auto.

In a world-first, Bremont produced an instrument cluster designed by the luxury British watch manufacturer alongside a removable mechanical pocket watch that can be used in and out of the car.

Bremont Co-Founder Giles English comments, “Having been fortunate enough to work with Ian Callum for several years now, it’s really exciting for Bremont to be part of this next chapter in his illustrious design career. British manufacturing is something we’re utterly passionate about and so contributing on this level really speaks to the core of what Bremont stands for, the best of British engineering and design.”

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Continuing inside, new sport seats allow for a lower and more cosseting seating position. Combined with a thinner steering wheel and revised paddle-shifters, these transform the levels of comfort and usability. Leading leather producer Bridge of Weir Leather Company played a crucial role in creating the sumptuous leather trim that features Callum’s fresh take on tartan. “In all my designs I like to have a key design feature,” adds Callum. “Creating a tartan was something I’ve considered for some time and will be one of CALLUM’s design identities for future creations.”

David Archibald, Managing Director, Bridge of Weir Leather Company, adds: “We are very proud to be working on this project. There is a strong connection between us and the Vanquish: Bridge of Weir Leather Company supplied leather to the original vehicle so we are delighted to contribute our Fine Scottish Leather to this new project. Not only does the interior feature CALLUM’s tartan but the leather’s colour is completely bespoke, matched to a unique palette specified by the design team.”

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Harking back to the original V12 Vanquish sketches, “The original concept for the Vanquish was to feature two seats and not a 2+2 layout. It’s allowed us to create a unique rear environment, providing more space as a practical Grand Tourer,” says Callum. A bespoke set of luggage, exclusively made by Mulberry, is a beautiful and desirable feature of the car.

“We were delighted to create bespoke luggage for this project in our Somerset Artisan Studio. The relaunch of a beloved British design icon is a point of alignment between Mulberry and CALLUM, and this project is a tribute to the endurance of British craftsmanship and design,” says Thierry Andretta, CEO, Mulberry.

With the client’s experience just as important as the product, CALLUM and R-Reforged has ensured owners can be part of the story from the start, spending time with Ian and the team. “Customers will regularly join us at the facility, specifying each aspect and ultimately watch the car come together. It will be a journey like no other,” confirms Callum.

The Aston Martin Vanquish 25 by CALLUM is available to order from £550,000, plus local taxes, including an original vehicle sourced by R-Reforged.

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NIO and Razer Jointly Launch the NIO ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle

NIO logo Shanghai, China – August 2, 2019 – Today, global electric vehicle company, NIO, and the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, Razer, officially announced the beginning of a cross-platform partnership. As the first project in this partnership, the NIO ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle will make its debut at 2019 ChinaJoy at the Razer booth. Sales will begin today for the exclusive 88 custom units of this vehicle that fuses the outstanding performance of the NIO ES6 and the emblematic Razer colour palette. During the exhibition, the NIO ES6 will also be the official car of the Razer eSports team. NIO x Razer ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle(4)   The NIO ES6 inherits the design language of the NIO family of vehicles, with a stylish, sporty exterior and luxurious, high-tech interior. The NIO ES6 Night Explorer Edition Vehicle is built on the NIO ES6 Performance Edition, equipping NIO Pilot, NOMI Mate, enhanced displays and other high-tech appointments. These familiar NIO markers are complemented by an exclusive Razer design package that includes the classic Razer logo and trim, carbon fiber decals, green calipers, a custom rear emblem and design package. The starting price of the NIO ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle is 467,800 yuan.NIO x Razer ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle   The two companies will explore integrating Razer Chroma and Hue Lights and THX Spatial Audio with existing automotive technologies, bringing better quality and driving experiences to the discerning customer base of gamers through immersive ambient lighting effects and innovatively enhanced in-vehicle audio. NIO and Razer are devoted to creating a car dedicated to the influx of eSports players and enthusiasts. The NIO ES6 Performance Edition has a maximum output of 544 hp, acceleration of 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds and braking distance of 33.9 metres from 100-0km/h. NIO x Razer ES6 Night Explorer Limited Edition Vehicle (2)

Energy Harvester generates electricity from inside tyres

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A new technology that could see tyres generate electricity whilst driving is being developed by engineers in Japan. Falken’s parent company, Sumitomo Rubber Industries, together with Professor Hiroshi Tani of Kansai University, have developed the Energy Harvester that takes advantage of the build up of static electricity, known as frictional charging, to produce power efficiently as the tyre turns.

Inside the Energy Harvester are two layers of rubber each covered in an electrode, along with a negatively charged film that interfaces with a positively charged film. When fixed to the inside of a conventional tyre carcass it generates electricity as the tyre deforms during rotation.

Engineers believe the Energy Harvester could lead to practical applications as a power source for sensors used in TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring Systems) and other automotive devices without the need for batteries.

Now, the research has been selected by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (a national research and development agency) as a Type FS* Seed Project under A-STEP (Adaptable and Seamless Technology Transfer Program through Target-Driven R&D). Sumitomo Rubber Industries will now advance this research with support from the Japan Science and Technology Agency.

note – *A programme supporting research and development projects undertaken jointly by academia and enterprise in order to perform feasibility and application studies based on the results of academic research related to technological “seeds,” with the ultimate aim of producing new core technologies.

Alvis announces extended range of road-legal pre and post war Continuation Series cars

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  • In its centenary year, British automotive manufacturer Alvis adds a new chapter to its legend with an extended range of Continuation Series cars
  • Two chassis and six body derivatives will be produced according to original Works drawings
  • Post war cars feature unused chassis and engine blocks stored since the original factory closed in 1968
  • All cars IVA-approved and road-legal with three year warranty
  • Order received for five cars from original Japanese distributor

GraberCoupe 22 Warwickshire-based car manufacturer The Alvis Car Company is extending its range of road-legal pre-and post-War continuation cars, using key components such as chassis that have been stored for over fifty years. Remaining firmly faithful to Alvis’ original spirit and design focus a century after it was founded, the Continuation Series has now been extended to include two chassis and six body options with post-war derivatives assembled using original chassis and engine blocks unused since production stopped in 1968. Powered by either a 3-litre or 4.3-litre Alvis-designed in-line six-cylinder engine, each has been developed from the original Works designs and, thanks to fuel injection and modern engine management electronics, meets legislation in a number of markets including Japan, where five of the new cars have now been ordered. Alvis Stores   Unlike many continuation cars on sale, Alvis has worked closely with VOSA to ensure its range is fully IVA-approved and road-legal. Each model is carefully hand-built at its Kenilworth Works, the home of Red Triangle, Alvis’ service and restoration centre, that was created when the original Coventry factory closed in 1968. At the time, the factory’s stock of chassis, engine blocks and thousands of other components were brought to Red Triangle and have been carefully stored in their original crates ever since. Each derivative takes between 4-5,000 hours to build and features period bodywork styles created by prestigious coachbuilders of the times: 3-litre Park Ward Drop Head, 3-litre Graber Super Coupe, 3-litre Graber Super Cabriolet, 4.3-litre Vanden Plas Tourer, 4.3-litre Bertelli Coupe and 4.3-litre Lancefield Concealed Hood. The Alvis series also carry the distinction of being true continuation cars rather than a re-interpretation of something long gone. Alongside using original parts on the 3-litre cars, the 4.3-engined car chassis numbers follow on from the numbers allocated to the pre-war production run. “Our models are, literally, what Alvis would have created had it not halted production for over 50 years,” explains Alan Stote, owner of The Alvis Car Company.  “The factory had planned to build 150 4.3-litre chassis in 1938. As the site suffered serious damage by bombing in 1940, only 73 chassis were completed so we will continue that series, with new chassis, built to the original drawings.” Alvis Factory Drawings All models are made to an individual specification with owners encouraged to visit the Works and review some of the 50,000 drawings, build sheets and history files for inspiration. “Blending history with modern technology is a delicate task, which the brand has undertaken sensitively. We are mindful of our original core values that ensured Alvis cars never suffered the fate of so many other British brands, which fall foul of quality standards and gained a bad reputation as a result. We offer a range of desirable options to make the car ideally suited for however you plan to use it,” adds Stote. “It can be a very practical and relaxing way to enjoy a classic driving experience, with added peace of mind thanks to a three year warranty.” Specification 3 Litre models

  • Choice of Super Coupe, Cabriolet and Drop Head Coupe body styles, all-aluminium body over ash frame on an original steel chassis
  • 2993cc six-cylinder engine with fuel injection and Alvis engine management
  • Five-speed transmission
  • Disc brakes all round
  • 15” wheels

4.3 Litre models

  • Choice of Bertelli Sports Coupe, Lancefield Concealed Hood and Vanden Plas Tourer body styles
  • 4387cc six-cylinder engine with fuel injection and Alvis engine management
  • Six-speed transmission
  • Disc brakes all round
  • 19” wheels

Lancefield 2 (2) Adding comfort to history, the Continuation Series offers a range of options including automatic transmission and power steering on the 3-litre models. Air conditioning, audio systems and servo-assisted brakes are optional across the range. Travelling in style is further enhanced by the choice of a three-piece matching Connolly leather Alvis luggage set. Alvis Metal Shaping 3 litre Coinciding with the launch of its extended range, Alvis has signed an international partnership with large Japanese automotive name, Meiji Sangyo, appointing the Tokyo-based business as its exclusive dealer, covering the whole of Asia. In another link to Alvis’ history, Tokyo-based Meiji Sangyo was its main agent in the Far East in the 1950s. “It underlines the enduring appeal of our cars that Meiji Sangyo wanted to be our distributor in the Far East. Knowing how quality is appreciated in Japan, our agreement with Meiji Sangyo is a huge recognition of our values.” _MJE5689   About The Alvis Car Company T.G. John began manufacturing Alvis cars in Coventry in 1920. Coachwork was supplied by Cross & Ellis and Carbodies. In 1925 Alvis became the first car manufacturer in the world to design and race a front-wheel-drive model. A year later, the Alvis straight-eight FWD GP racing car lapped Brooklands at 121mph and in 1928 Alvis FWD models finished first and second in class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The company started producing and marketing FWD cars that year. Another world-first was achieved in 1933, when Alvis designed the world’s first all-synchromesh gearbox and started working on the first British car with independent front-suspension. After the World War 2, Alec Issigonis joined Alvis to design a prototype 3500cc V8 engine. In 1968, the Alvis passenger car division was relocated to Kenilworth after 22,000 vehicles had been built; 50,000 works drawings, technical data sheets and correspondence files are stored there. Through wholly-owned Red Triangle, it continues to manufacture parts, service and restore Alvis cars for existing customers worldwide. Synonymous with craftsmanship and innovation from the twenties until 1968, the Alvis name and fame continue thanks to The Alvis Car Company, which produces Alvis cars renowned for their outstanding quality and charismatic coachwork. It started developing the original Alvis-designed 3-litre and 4.3-litre units in 2010, focusing on meeting global emission regulations whilst remaining as faithful as possible to the Works drawings still held at the Kenilworth factory. The company manufactures its new range of bespoke limited-edition Continuation Series and in 2019 has nominated respected Japanese company Meiji Sangyo to be its distributor in the region. More information www.thealviscarcompany.co.uk Twitter: @AlvisCarCompany Facebook: @Alviscarcompany Instagram: alviscarco Linkedin: The Alvis Car Company

CALLUM: New Design and Engineering Business Launches

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  • The next chapter for Ian Callum CBE
  • The award-winning British designer is amongst the founding members of CALLUM
  • Collaboration of top creative design and engineering talent
  • CALLUM will design and create bespoke and limited-edition products
  • Comprehensive design, development and manufacturing facilities in Warwick, Warwickshire
  • Details of the first project will be released in the coming weeks

Warwick, UK, 17 July 2019 – CALLUM, a new design and engineering business that will create bespoke and limited-edition products across the sectors of design, lifestyle and travel, launches today. CALLUM is a collaboration of talented and experienced individuals with a desire to invent, intrigue and excite, led by founding members Ian Callum CBE, David Fairbairn, Adam Donfrancesco and Tom Bird.

“I wanted to get back to the essence of creativity; the challenge of producing something wonderful and personal,” explains design director, Ian Callum. “To design the alternative has always been my mantra, but always the beautiful alternative and something to enjoy. In today’s modern world, collaboration is the catalyst for new ideas, and this is our ethos and inspiration, both within our team and as we look to work with partners in the future. CALLUM is an exciting new chapter that will focus on ‘Journeys to Destinations’, and all that encompasses.”

“CALLUM brings together highly-experienced, skilled and enthusiastic people that share the same want – the opportunity and freedom to create and produce products that excite,” adds David Fairbairn, programme director. “We love what we do, and we have the passion, collective experience and know-how to create some very special, diverse products across design, lifestyle and travel.”

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CALLUM’s comprehensive 20,000ft2 facility in Warwick houses the latest in design, engineering and manufacturing technology, enabling the design and creation of bespoke products in-house.

Details of the first CALLUM project will be released in the coming weeks.

Its network of 18 individuals has experience spanning art, audio, automotive, fashion, lifestyle and motorsport. The four founding members of CALLUM are:

  • Ian Callum, design director, the celebrated British designer known for his award-winning automotive designs, including the Aston Martin Vanquish, Vantage and DB9, Jaguar F-Type, F-PACE, XJ and, most recently, the World Car of the Year Award-winning I-PACE, amongst others
  • David Fairbairn, programme director, has more than 18 years’ experience in the automotive industry and includes the recreation of the Jaguar Lightweight E-Type amongst his career highlights
  • Adam Donfrancesco, engineering director, a prolific design engineer whose accomplishments include road and race cars for Noble, the Aston Martin GT8 and GT12, and Jaguar’s F-Type GT4
  • Tom Bird, commercial director, has gained extensive experience at PWC, Barclays and Jaguar Land Rover, working on global business expansion and special projects, including the Jaguar C-X75 and its iconic movie appearance

For more information visit callumdesigns.com.

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Falken celebrates 20 years at the Nürburgring

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This year, Falken will once again be looking to win big in the Eifel – the tyre brand is sponsoring the ADAC TOTAL 24-Hour Race, which will take place at the Nürburgring on 22-23 June 2019. Falken first joined the event as a partner in 1999 and, since then, has consistently upped its involvement.

More than 400 tyre retailers and almost 50 journalists from all key European markets will be hosted by a range of hospitality providers and can look forward to experiencing a thrilling weekend of racing at the “Grüne Hölle”, the oldest and most famous part of the Nürburgring racetrack. At the trade stand in the ‘ring boulevard’, in addition to viewing the latest tyre products, fans and guests will also have the chance to take part in an autograph-signing session with the drivers, as well as in many more activities. The race will also be broadcast live onto a large screen at the stand. On Saturday and Sunday, a range of Falken merchandise will be on sale in the paddock. Here, fans will have the opportunity to buy products such as models of the racing cars, bath towels, puzzles or Falken caps. The Falken Drift Show, which will take place in the historic paddock, is also on the tyre brand’s agenda during the 24-hour race weekend.

This season, the Falken team will be making use of a tried-and-tested line-up when it comes to drivers. What’s more, the team will once again be taking to the starting grid in two iconic racing cars: the Porsche 911 GT3R (991.2) will be driven by Austrians Martin Ragginger and Klaus Bachler, who will be supported by the Porsche factory drivers Dirk Werner (GER) and Jörg Bergmeister (GER). At the wheel of the BMW M6 GT3, Falken drivers Peter Dumbreck (GBR) and Alexandre Imperatori (SUI) will be taking turns with the two BMW factory drivers Stef Dusseldorp (NED) and Jens Klingmann (GER).

Last year, the 24-hour race came to a close with both Falken racing cars having secured spots in the top 15. The Falken Porsche finished in ninth place and the Falken BMW finished in 15th place.

During the race, it will be possible to watch live streaming from the cockpits, as well as from other locations, at both http://www.24hlive.falkentyre.com  and on Falken’s Facebook page. The events can be extensively followed on Falken’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels, as well as on the Falken website falkentyre.com.

“We have been rising to the challenge of the Nürburgring since 1999,” said Markus Bögner, COO, President and Managing Director of Falken Tyre Europe GmbH, with regard to the tyre brand’s commitment to motorsport. “Back then, we started with our Ford Cosworth and our Nissan Skyline, which has since reached legendary status. The Nissan Skyline quickly became an audience favourite. The experience which we have gathered since then has made us confident that we will perform well yet again this year, and that we will also be able to provide our guests with an unforgettable weekend of racing.”

 

Imminent legislation targets improved safety for pedestrians around electric and hybrid vehicles

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Just four weeks until EU Acoustic Vehicle Alerting System Law is implemented. HARMAN explains the implications of this new legislation for new electric and hybrid vehicles 

From 1st July, all new private and commercial electric and hybrid vehicles with four or more wheels must have an Acoustic Vehicle Alert System (AVAS) fitted. The EU ‘Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicle’ (EU 540/2014) in combination with EU Requirement ECE R138, will ensure such vehicles are more easily heard by pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable groups and follows more than a decade’s worth of campaigning by groups such as the European Blind Union.

The regulations state AVAS shall be activated for vehicle speeds up to 20km/h, with a minimum sound level of 56dB; equivalent to the sound level of an electric toothbrush or paper shredder. The legislation also dictates the AVAS sound ‘should be a continuous one providing the vehicle driving behaviour to other road users and pedestrians.’ For example, generating changes in sound level and pitch to signify acceleration.

Since 2009, acoustics expert HARMAN has been developing its own AVAS system called external Electronic Sound Synthesis (eESS) under the HALOsonic® active noise management solutions portfolio, thereby helping a number of OEMs adopt the technology ahead of the deadline. Drawing on over 60 years’ of audio expertise, HARMAN’s eESS creates a specific sound that is projected from speakers positioned at the front and rear of the vehicle. Speed and throttle position sensors determine the volume and characteristics of the eESS signal warning pedestrians of an approaching vehicle.

“Given the ever-increasing number of hybrid and electric vehicles on our roads, the risk to pedestrians, cyclists and vulnerable groups has risen exponentially over the years,” says Rajus Augustine, Senior Director Product Strategy & Planning, Car Audio at HARMAN. “AVAS technologies such as HALOsonic eESS offer an affordable and effective way of increasing pedestrian awareness of an approaching EV in noisy urban environments.”

Although not mandated by the EU legislation, HARMAN’s system is also modular to offer in-cabin sound to provide acoustic feedback on vehicle status thereby ensuring the driver is more connected to the vehicle. For example, the welcome sound when the electric motor kicks-in or the shutdown sound when the motor is switched off, provide the driver with acoustic cues, which otherwise would not be present in an EV. Moreover, eESS can be tuned to meet customer specific requests and/or comply with market specific regulations, such as in the US where eESS should be active even at speeds of 30km/h.

Additionally, HALOsonic lets carmakers create custom-designed sounds, thereby helping OEMs have a sound-signature that reflects the brand DNA of their cars. “Be it a sporty engine sound or a spaceship-like drone sound, HALOsonic is proud to be a key enabler for OEMs in their pursuit to stay a class apart without compromising pedestrian safety,” concludes Augustine.

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Legislation at a glance

  • Legislation comes into force on 1 July 2019
  • ECE R138 & Article 8 of the EU ‘Regulation on the Sound Level of Motor Vehicle’ (EU 540/2014) states that by 1 July 2019 all new silent electric cars and hybrid vehicle types must have an AVAS
  • The minimum sound level at a speed of 20km/h is 56dB. The maximum sound level is 75dB (comparable to a conventional car)
  • Applies to all private and commercial vehicles with four or more wheels
  • Activated for speeds of up to 20km/h going forward with a sound also emitted whilst reversing

Falken Tyres with Porsche Macan approval

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Falken is supplying the current generation of Porsche Macan with tyres to the factory after approval was issued by the automobile manufacturer. The SUV versions of the Falken best-seller AZENIS FK510 are supplied in both 235/60R18 and 255/55R18 sizes. The tyres each have the speed symbol “W” (up to 270 km/h) and a load index of 103 and 105 respectively.

The successful top-of-the-range model AZENIS FK510 has been available as an SUV-specific tyre since 2017. With an innovative carcass design, AZENIS FK510 SUV tyres ensure precise steering behaviour and refinement. This is demonstrated through a high level of driving comfort and ensures well-balanced overall driving characteristics. The Porsche Macan is geared towards sporty drivers who will make use of the full ability of the tyres. The ACP (Adaptive Constant Pressure) tread technology improves braking performance, directional stability and driving dynamics. As well as the excellent braking characteristics on wet surfaces, the AZENIS FK510 SUV is also noted for its long operating life. Using 4D NANO design technology, Falken engineers were able to design a ground-breaking rubber compound for the FK510 series tyres which, in addition to providing a high degree of grip, also offers improved wear resistance.

“With the introduction of these tyres, we have continued to apply our strategy of consistently offering an extensive range in growing and profitable segments,” explains Christian Stolting, key account manager OE at Falken Tyre Europe GmbH. “Awarding us the factory fitting for the Porsche Macan doesn’t just confirm this strategy, but also speaks volumes for the quality of our tyres. Supplying Porsche with our tyres is a bit of an accolade for us!”

Luxury Audio Studio Opens at the HARMAN Experience Store in Munich

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Dedicated to the Art of Listening, new Luxury Studio offers premium listening experience in a modern and dynamic environment 

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MUNICH – May 10, 2019 - HARMAN International, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is adding a new highlight to the HARMAN Experience Store in Munich through the opening of the HARMAN Luxury Audio Studio. Featuring an original spatial concept based on a musician’s loft, the dedicated space comprises a stereo lounge and a state-of-the-art home theatre, all of which were designed using materials chosen for their acoustic properties. Open to the public as of 10 May, the Luxury Audio Studio invites visitors and partners to discover HARMAN’s luxury audio brands through a unique, experiential approach.

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A whole new dimension 
With the opening of its Luxury Audio Studio, HARMAN is bringing a whole new dimension to the Experience Store in Munich. Designed with the same experience-oriented perspective as the store, the studio delivers a retail experience revolving around the visualisation and emotion of sound articulated through both form and light. The Studio is intended to serve as a showcase for HARMAN’s most exclusive luxury audio systems and brands: JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Revel, Mark Levinson, and ARCAM. It also features a stunning 7.4.4 home theatre experience featuring Dolby Atmos®.

“The new Luxury Audio Studio in our Munich Experience Store is a show stopper. It gives our world-class luxury audio brands a unique home. This is an important step in the development and growth for our Luxury Audio Division across Europe with iconic brands like JBL Synthesis, Lexicon, Revel, Mark Levinson and ARCAM,” said Michael Mauser, President Lifestyle Audio at HARMAN. “We are delighted to welcome consumers to this unique space to discover the most advanced high-performance audio systems available in the market.”

Audiophile Textures

A unique spatial concept 
The 136 sqm Luxury Audio Studio’s design takes a truly unique approach that immerses visitors in a rockstar-like atmosphere with vintage layers and textures used throughout the space. Resembling a musician’s loft, the studio contains a stereo lounge with a vinyl record wall, a conference room and pantry. Acoustic sound booth textures inspired by speaker materials are integrated. Completing the experience is a state-of-the-art theatre to be used as a testing ground for HARMAN’s latest products while providing a luxury in-home experience.

Systems on display
Currently featured in the Luxury Audio Studio’s Stereo Lounge are the Mark Levinson N°585.5 Integrated Amplifier, Mark Levinson N°519 Audio Player and Mark Levinson N°515 Turntable, which exemplify the unrivalled build quality, elegant style and sophisticated features that are hallmarks of the Mark Levinson brand. On display as well are the Revel PerformaBe loudspeakers, true feats of sound engineering meticulously tuned to offer listeners the finest details, the highest levels of performance and the most emotion possible. Finally, in the Theatre is the JBL Synthesis 7.4.4 System (7x Surround, 4x ceiling, 4x Sub) and the 85” Samsung LED Screen, which work together to offer visitors an immersive movie theatre-like experience certain to impress audiophiles and audio professionals alike.

Inaugural festivities 
HARMAN celebrated the opening of the Luxury Audio Studio on May 9 with an exclusive event featuring a multi-touch listening journey to the heart of Luxury Audio, including an interactive panel discussion on “The Art of Listening” with Frank Filipetti, seven-time Grammy-winning music producer, engineer and mixer, Dr. Hauke Egermann, Assistant Professor in Music Psychology, University of York, and Dr. Sean Olive, Senior Fellow, Acoustic Research, HARMAN. The fascinating discussion covered holistic approaches to grasping music in its emotional and creative perfection, as well as discussions on how to develop critical listening skills to help people listen better and more intelligently. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in interactive listening sessions and demos of the all the systems, including the latest Mark Levinson car audio system in the Lexus ES. The evening concluded with a reveal of the Lexicon SL1 speaker with HARMAN’s revolutionary “Sound Steer” technology.