Dunlop tyres have launched a smart new website to promote their 86-year-old tyres testing facility in Birmingham.
Engineers have been testing tyres for performance and durability at Ford Dunlop since 1923 and recently acquired accreditation which means they are classified as a laboratory standard facility.
But with the decline the motor manufacturing market, Dunlop is widening its modern facility for use and the website www.dunloptyretesting.co.uk is aimed at raising awareness of its services.
The website states: ‘We have 56 test stations with various test drum sizes for testing at different speeds. We provide everything from bursting a tyre to measuring the forces generated during tyre rotation as low as 20 Newtons. We have testing facilities for motorcycle, passenger car, light, medium and heavy truck tyres.’
The facility has certainly come a long way since the days when tyre testing meant running tyres on simulator roads at 10mph – today they can test at speeds of up to 400kmph.
Current tests performed also include: ECE 30, ECE 54, ECE 75, ECE 108, ECE 109, FMVSS 109, FMVSS 119, Gulf Standards, Saudi Arabian, Australian, (when required) FMVSS 139, rolling resistance to ISO18164, high & Low speed uniformity, accelerated ageing, long term endurance testing, high speed camber testing, high speed variable slip angle, pulse braking, burst testing, laser tyre profile measurements, tyre dissection, load deflection and dislodgement.