Yokohama Earns First OE Fitment With BMW
Yokohama Rubber Co. Ltd. has earned its first original equipment fitment on a vehicle from the BMW Group. The Advan Sport V105 tires will be available on the new BMW X3, which debuted in November 2017 in North America. The vehicle will come equipped with tires in one of two sizes—225/60R18 104W or 245/50R19 105W, the latter of which features Yokohama Rubber’s run-flat tire technology.
The Advan Sport V105 is a high performance tire that delivers excellent driving performance combined with comfort and safety characteristics. The tires being supplied for the new BMW X3 were jointly developed with BMW and bear the German automaker’s star marking of approval on the tire sidewall.
Yokohama also supplies high-performance racing tires to BMW racing teams.
Schnitzer Motorsport’s BMW M3 captured the first World Touring Car Championship in 1987 and also won the European Touring Car Championship in 1988. BMWs running on Yokohama tires also have won a combined five 24-Hours Nürburgring and Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours races. In Japan, a BMW 635CSi running on Yokohama tires captured the first All-Japan Touring Car Championship Class 3 title in 1985. GSR&Studie with Team Ukyo captured the GT300 class series championship in the 2011 SUPER GT series. Studie AG has been a BMW support team since 2014 and has been a BMW works team since 2016. Yokohama Rubber provided support from 2008 to 2017.