Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship

Dunlop became a partner to the MSA British Touring Car Championship in 2003, initially as tyre sole supplier and took over as title sponsor in 2005.

The BTCC is far from a new series to Dunlop – in the era before sole tyre supply, Dunlop was one of the most successful tyre manufacturers competing. In 1996, Dunlop in fact won every major touring car championship in the world with Audi as the partnership.

For Dunlop, the BTCC is about much more than track branding and supplying tyres – the events give the opportunity to engage with fans and show the crossover from the BTCC tyres to the Dunlop Sport Maxx road tyres that are fitted to hundreds of thousands of cars driving around the UK. Dunlop are always striving to make the next step forward in tyre performance.

Sport Maxx Medium compound

The Sport Maxx Medium compound is used twice at every race weekend, except at Thruxton circuit and in wet conditions.

Dunlop use the same tyre in the cold weather we get in March and October as in the height of summer. Therefore, it has more in common with a road car tyre than many specialist racing tyres.

The learnings and technologies developed on track are directly cascaded in to Dunlop’s high performance Sport Maxx range that is available for the road.

Sport Maxx Soft compound

The Sport Maxx Soft tyre proved an exciting introduction to the 2013 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship that produces greater initial grip with less overall durability.

New for the 2015 season, BTCC have introduced a new regulation that stating that each driver must use the soft compound at least three times in Race 1, three times in Race 2 and three times in Race 3 across the season.

Dunlop is first to announce the tyre choices for each driver at 11.00am on each race day via its social media feeds. Thruxton is the only exception to this where all drivers use the Sport Maxx Hard compound.

Sport Maxx Hard compound

Thruxton is the fastest circuit on the calendar. However, compared to most fast circuits that have long straights, Thruxton is one long sequence of curves that constantly put tyres under heavy load. Even the start finish ‘straight’ is curved!

In addition, the circuit has a very abrasive surface and our Thruxton tyre has a compound that has been proven to cope with this.

The kerbs at the chicane and the complex are very aggressive and the revised construction is designed to tackle the challenge of a tyre impacting with these kerbs at high speed.

Sport BluResponse Wet

Wet conditions add another little bit of spice to a circuit that already demands skill and precision from the drivers.

Switching to wet tyres has an enormous impact, because a wet tyre has to behave in the exact opposite way to a dry tyre. It needs to be able to cut through the rain water to the track surface, providing both mechanical and chemical grip from the tread pattern and the compound, as well as being able to work at low temperatures and to be able to last a reasonable amount of time on a drying track.

The learnings and technologies developed on track are directly cascaded in to Dunlop’s multi-award winning Sport BluResponse tyre available for the road that has achieved an A rating in the EU tyre label in both fuel efficiency and rolling resistance.