All tyres on HiQ MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) cars are now automatically scanned as the cars drive into the pit lane.
Dunlop tyres have billed this as a world first and the British manufacturer point out the technology ensures that each car is using the correct and allocated tyres at all times.
The scanning is achieved by a miniature Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tag embedded inside every tyre allocated to every car.
The tag – just one centimetre in length – enables officials from computer systems firm Datalinx, which has been central to the development of the technology, to track every tyre from production and allocation to each team right back to their return to Dunlop for recycling.
Tony Duffy, Operations Manager for Dunlop Motorsport Europe, said: “This has been quite an undertaking – other tyre manufacturers have not yet reached this level – and the BTCC’s technical know-how has been of huge benefit in enabling us to perfect the new system.”
Alex Kapadia, Operations Team