Nearly 50 million high performance and ultra-high performance tires are shipped each year, making the performance tire category one of the industry’s fastest growing segments. The information in this section will keep you current on the latest trends and styles so you can get a piece of this exciting market.


July 1, 2015

UPDATED: American Tire Distributors purchases Albert Tire

American Tire Distributors Holdings Inc. has purchased Albert Tire LLC. The deal excludes some of the assets located in Albert Tire's West Deptford, N.J., headquarters. The transaction closed on June 30, 2015.

Tags: Acquisitions, Albert Tire Co., ATD

June 30, 2015

July 6: Deadline for TIA Hall of Fame entries

Nominations for the 2015 Tire Industry Hall of Fame are due Monday, July 6.

The Tajima Rimac E-Runner Concept One is outfitted with specially designed Giti tires for the Pikes
June 29, 2015

Giti tires roll in Pikes Peak Hill Climb

A 1.1 megawatt electric racing car outfitted with special GitiCompete tires, sponsored by Giti Tire (USA) Ltd., participated in the June 28, 2015, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Tags: Armand Allaire, Nobuhiro “Monster” Tajima, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

John Aben will work to grow Giti s market share as the company s new senior vice president.
June 26, 2015

Giti hires Aben as senior vp

Tire industry veteran John Aben has joined Giti Tire (USA) Ltd. as the company’s new senior vice president.

Tags: John Aben, Julianto Djajadi, Senior management

June 25, 2015

Add another tire to the Fortune 500 club

A big player in the tire industry is close to cracking the Fortune 500.

Tags: ATD financials, Cooper financials, Fortune 500, Goodyear financials

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If image is everything...
June 2, 2015

If image is everything...  

Twenty-five years ago, Canon U.S.A. Inc.’s famous “Image is everything” television ad debuted. The company sold a lot of Canon EOS Rebel cameras with that campaign, helped by its celebrity spokesman: long-haired, charismatic tennis player Andre Agassi.

Tags: Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, ChemChina, Editorial, Pirelli Tire North America

Wheel fasteners
May 5, 2015

Wheel fasteners  

Wheel fasteners are arguably the most important components on any vehicle, responsible for securing the wheels to the vehicle, yet are often the least understood and appreciated. This brief article offers a basic overview of the often overlooked threaded wheel fastener — how to identify it and how to handle it.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Mike Mavrigian, Wheel fasteners

Balancing performance tires
May 5, 2015

Balancing performance tires  

Saying technology has changed over the last decade might be one of the greatest understatements that I’ve ever made. In 2005, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) were primarily reserved for high-end luxury and sports cars. Anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and electronic stability control (ESC) were options. And people who thought the Blackberry was a smartphone were surprised when the first video was uploaded to a new video hosting service called YouTube.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Balancing, High Performance Tires, Kevin Rohlwing, Performance Handbook, Ultra-high performance tires

Examples of tire and wheel vibrational issues. The illustration at the top depicts an imbalance
May 5, 2015

NVH issues and answers  

In this article, we’ll address a variety of noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) issues. We’ll also offer tips on how to avoid and/or cure these ills.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Harshness, Noise, NVH, Performance Handbook, Vibration

A special edition Koenigsegg Agera was on display at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
May 5, 2015

Hyperactive imagination  

You may have noticed the sweet looking, perhaps unfamiliar monster of a vehicle on our front cover. That is a hypercar, specifically a 2015 GTA Spano from Spania GTA Tecnomotive S.L. It features a V10 twin-turbo engine capable of 925 horsepower. And a $650,000 price tag.

Tags: 2015 Performance Handbook, Bob Ulrich, Bob Ulrich editorial, Editorial, Hypercar, Performance Handbook, Pirelli P Zero

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