By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone has been chosen to provide the tyres for the coveted Citroën DS3 Racing, the hot hatch in the premium DS line.
According to the Japanense tyres manufacturer, the ultra-high-performance Potenza RE050A is designed to handle the power output of an over 200 hp turbo-charged engine like this Citroën DS3 Racing.
The asymmetric pattern gives a dynamic balanced performance with sharp response, precise steering and high-level wet safety.
The partnership has already earned appreciative comments from the press.
Following tests in the rain in Wales, the UK’s Car magazine concluded: “The Citroën DS3 Racing seems oblivious to it all. The Bridgestone Potenza cuts through the water and delivers outstanding lateral grip.”
The French magazine Sport Auto tested the duo out on dry roads in the south of France and commented in January 2011: “The standard Potenza RE050A tyres offer a magical tread compound which almost made the car’s ESP unnecessary.”
The car manufacture has selected the 215/40 R18 tyres, Bridgestone already supplies 17-inch Potenza RE050A tyres as original equipment for the Citroën DS3 3-door hatch and Turanza ER300 (185/65R15) for Citroën’s C3 5-door compact.
Didier Schneider, Vice President Original Equipment, Bridgestone Europe, said: “Bridgestone is proud to extend its relationship with Citroën.
“We are confident that Potenza RE050A will compliment the power and agility of the Citroën DS3 Racing.”