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Racing tyres: Yokohama will have 33% recycled material

Yokohama, the world's leading tyre manufacturer, has announced that it will use 33% sustainable material in the production of its racing tyres for Super Formula 2023. Super Formula is Japan's most important championship for open-wheel cars

Yokohama's SF Next 50 project is in line with the company's efforts to reduce its environmental impact in tire production and is promoted with the collaboration of various companies that share the common goal of creating a sustainable automotive industry, also in motorsports, by responding to changes in the environment, including the promotion of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and carbon neutrality.

Yokohama is currently working to increase the use of recycled and recyclable materials in the production of its tires to reduce the use of non-renewable resources: the use of sustainable materials in the production of racing tires will allow the company to reduce the environmental impact of production and contribute to the creation of a more sustainable economy.

The first production batch will concern dry racing tires but, already during 2023, wet racing tires will also be announced. The new tires use natural rubber and various naturally derived agents, including oil produced from oil palm nuts and orange peels, as well as recycled iron, recycled rubber from end-of-life tires and synthetic rubber produced using the mass balance method. mass. In total, sustainable materials account for about 33% of the components.

The most important aspect is that the performances are very similar to those of the traditional tires used in the past season, a clear sign that greater sustainability does not affect quality.

Furthermore, Yokohama's decision to use as much as 33 per cent sustainable material in the production of racing tires for Super Formula 2023 is a major step towards greater sustainability in the motor racing industry and a great opportunity to raise awareness throughout the industry.

The company said it will continue to invest in research and development to develop new sustainable materials and technologies for its tires so that it can continue to reduce the environmental impact of production in 2023 and in the years to come.

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