History

Building Motorsport Infrastructure

With a mission to make the Indian motorsport at par with international standards, JK Tyre took upon itself to build requisite infrastructure in the country. Over the last ten years, the company has invested over Rs. 300 crore towards developing world-class infrastructure.

The company also runs India’s first and only motorsport academy in partnership with Meco Motorsports, managed by Akbar Ebrahim, India’s first ever Formula Three driver and a trained racing coach. The academy caters to all disciplines of racing which our country’s infrastructure permits.

The Journey

JK Tyre supported India's only decade long international event -- The Himalayan Rally -- through the 80s and then formed its own rally team in the 90s. Team JK Tyre created history by winning the National Rally Championship seven times and also were the first ever Asian Zone Champions from India.

  • Early1980

    Associates with The Himalayan Rally - India's premier international event

     
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    Early1990

    Forms its own rally team - Team JK Tyre - that goes on to become 7 times Indian National Rally Champions and the first Asian Zone champion

  • 1997

    Lays the foundation of the JK Tyre National Karting Championship that takes shape in 2000 across seven cities
    in India

     
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    1997

    Launches the JK Tyre Racing Championship - a stepping stone for promising drivers who aspire for the world of Formula Car Racing

  • 2000

    The regional rounds of the inaugural JK Tyre National Karting Championship featuring four-stoke karts gets underway, culminating in a national round for the top drivers

     
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    2005

    Launches the JK Tyre National Rotax Max Karting Championship that features two-stroke Rotax Kart engines

  • 2005

    Launches the JK Tyre Junior Cup that helps promising
    drivers graduate from the world of karting to the racing championship

     
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    2006

    The JK Tyre Racing Championship progresses from single-seater 800cc engines alongside group N Saloon cars to the 1.6-litre Chevrolet-powered Formula Rolon - the first single-seater racing car with a wing

  • 2008

    JK Tyre hosts the International Kart Enduro that sees international participation and an all-women's team from India

     
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    2010

    Launches the Constitution Club of India Car Rally for Parliamentarians in collaboration with the Constitution Club of India to spread a social message which sees participation from dignitaries and Members of Parliament

    Introduces the Volkswagen Polo Cup in India as part of the JK Tyre Racing Championship

  • 2011

    Acquires the FIA accredited Formula BMW Asia Pacific Series and rechristens it as the JK Racing Asia Series - one of the biggest developments in Indian motorsport history. The series ran as a support race to the inaugural Indian Grand Prix

     
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    2012

    Launches the JK Tyre Indian National TSD Rally Championship that follows the Time-Speed-Distance format to allow rallies to run through urban areas, making it accessible to the general public

  • 2012

    The JK Racing Asia Series makes its maiden entry in the European circuits with three rounds at historic circuits such as the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France, the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium and the Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom

     
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    2012

    The JK Tyre-VW Polo R Cup sees Polo cars powered by petrol engines for the first time in a bid to make racing faster and more thrilling

  • 2015

    Launches the Formula Design Challenge to encourage innovations off the track.