T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship – JK Tyre

The only Indian company to roll out 10 million truck/bus radial tyres brings the toughest quality racing tyres for the giant vehicles

Mumbai, India | March 19, 2017: JK Tyre & Industries Ltd today announced it would partner the Tata Group for the fourth time to make the Tata T1 Prime Trucks Racing Championship an even bigger success this year. The pioneers of radial technology in India gives wheels to the country’s first and only truck racing championship again with its JETRACING range, which will play a huge role at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on March 19, when the giant vehicles line up for the ultimate face-off.

Developed after months of research and engineering to cater to the specific requirements of a race track, the JETRACING range of tyres has been a big hit among drivers and experts. Unique ‘tapered tread’ tyres equipped with ‘HE wire’ and ‘special wire wrap’ make the JETRACING tyres less prone to skidding and slipping even in the most challenging of conditions a driver encounters in a circuit. Layers of steel belts and tread compound boosts the speed and performance of these tyres that have for four years now become an integral part of the annual championship. These very tyres will run the 1000 Bhp Tata Prima Race Trucks, which can accelerate up to speeds of 0-160 km/hr in 10 seconds.

Mr A.K. Bajoria, Director & President, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd, said, “We are proud to be partnering with Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship for the fourth year in a row. This event is not only a great platform for drivers to showcase their skills but is also a true test of the quality standards our tyres are put through. As the drivers would attest, making tyres for racing tracks is a certification of quality in itself, and as the only company to have rolled out 10 million truck and bus radial tyres, JK Tyre has always been at the forefront on making the best quality tyres for Indian roads. We would like to thank our customers for trusting us with the responsibility of providing the one part of a vehicle that acts as a bridge between it and the road. We will continue to bring out optimum quality products that are tested in the toughest of conditions and meet

The tyres used in the first two seasons of the Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship were 315/80R22.5 size, since the last season the tyre size is 315/70R22.5, which is approved by the European and British truck racing. Lower aspect ratio of the tyre 70 series in comparison to 80 series is based on the requirement of the vehicle. This helps in keeping the centre of gravity of the vehicle lower, ensuring better stability during cornering. This is one of the unique qualities of the tyre, one that comes in handy on a track where the lap timing is 1 minute 50 seconds.

Nagarjuna A, winner of last year’s winners in the Super Class category, spoke longingly of his experience of driving at the TI Prime championships. “Driving against other racers in the lap was a heady mix of adrenaline rush and adventure. It was a thrilling experience as we negotiated sharp corners of the circuit at 150 km/hr. The T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship is getting better and bigger every year with increasing participation and audience interest. It will only get more popular in the time to come.” 

Always with an eye to the future, JK Tyre introduced India to Truck Radial technology as far back as 1999. Since then, the company has been the undisputable leader in the domestic market with an ever-increasing customer base every year. Through its service centres named ‘Truck Wheels’, the company provides after-sales maintenance services for truck and bus tyres in various locations in the country. Customers can avail services like total vehicle alignment, wheel balancing, new tyre fitment/removal, tyre rotation and inflation check-up, nitrogen filling and radial tyre repair at the centres.

The company has increased their manufacturing capacity through the acquisition of Laksar-based CAVENDISH Industries Ltd. It is the first Indian tyre manufacturer to offer 3-tier products targeting different consumer segments in the Truck/Bus Radial category, and is expected to boost market share. These products range from Premium, Select and Economy range of Truck/Bus tyres.

About JK Tyre:

Part of the JK Organisation, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd is a leading tyre manufacturer in India and amongst the top 25 manufacturers in the world with a wide range of products catering to diverse business segments in the automobile industry.

JK Tyre has global presence in 100 countries across six continents, backed by production support from 12 plants – 9 in India and 3 in Mexico. Currently, the capacity across all its plants is about 35 million tyres per annum. In April 2016 JK Tyre acquired Cavendish India Limited from Birla Tyres. While acquisition added three modern plants to its portfolio taking the total count to 12, it helped the tyre major foray into the two/three wheeler segment as well.

Pioneers of radial technology, JK Tyre produced the first radial tyre in 1977 and is currently the market leader in Truck Bus Radial segment. With over three decades of technological innovation, JK Tyre offers tyre for entire range of passenger and commercial vehicles, starting from a 3 kg two-wheeler tyre to a 3.5 ton OTR tyre.

JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has a strong network of 4000 dealers and over 225 dedicated outlets branded as Steel-Wheels & has over 25 Truck Wheels providing complete solutions to Truck Tyre customers.