Press Release

New Delhi, India | March 17, 2016: A tyre is the only part of a racing truck in contact with the road. The significance of the statement could not be truer that in case of giant trucks running at dangerous speeds of over 150 km per hour. Taking the association to the next level JK Tyre is proud to once again partner with the country’s first and only Truck Racing championship, the Tata T1 Prima Truck Racing championship. JK Tyre JETRACING, the first-ever truck racing tyre in India, will take on the world renowned Buddh International Circuit for the third consecutive year. Experts and international truck drivers swore by the “reliable” and “grippy” tyres from JK Tyre. The ultimate race of the giants will take place on 20th of March at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. This year the Championship will witness Indian truck drivers in a separate race. These Indian truck drivers were selected from a pool of truck drivers who are employed with Tata Motors key customers all over the country.

Mr Vikram Malhotra, Marketing Director -JK Tyre & Industries Ltd. said- “As a pioneer of motorsport in India, JK Tyre is proud to partner with T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship for the third time. From the very first year of the Championship, we have seen great passion for it in India and T1 has proved to be a great platform to showcase the competence of the Indian commercial vehicles industry. Season III will witness inclusion of Indian Race Truck drivers who will be competing with their international counterparts. We, at JK Tyre, hope that its popularity continues to grow and we get to see much more action in the years to come.”

Every year the PRIMA race trucks get faster and this year they can touch speeds as high as 160 km/h. JK Tyre, being an expert in tyre research and quick product delivery, took upon itself to develop higher speed tyres. The JETRACING tyre uses the new design technique of ‘Tapered tread profile’ completed with ‘HE wire’ and ‘special wire wrap’. With JETRACING, JK Tyre has reinforced its Truck Radial Technology and Motorsport leadership in India. The tyre is an example of JK Tyre’s superior research and product development capabilities.

The tyres used in first two seasons were 315/80R22.5 size, this 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 thereby better stability during cornering.

The tyre is designed with special low heat and high traction compound to meet the most gruelling braking conditions of a racing circuit. Overall the tyres have been designed to take speeds more than 160 km/h with extra reinforced steel belts and dual layer tread compound.

In the third season of the partnership between JK Tyre and T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship, the race will be fiercer and JK Tyre JETRACING will give the necessary confidence to the race drivers to reach higher speeds.

About JK Tyre & Industries Limited:

Part of the JK Organisation, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd is a leading four-wheeler 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 four wheeler automobile industry.

JK Tyre has global presence in 100 countries across six continents with six plants in India and three in Mexico. Currently, the capacity across 9 plants exceeds 20 million tyres per annum.

JK Tyre pioneered radial technology in India way back in 1977 and today is the leader in Truck Bus Radial segment. With over three decades of technological innovation, JK Tyre offers four wheeler tyres for the entire range - Truck/Bus, LCV, Passenger Cars, MUV and Tractors. The company is the manufacturer of India’s largest OTR Tyre weighing 3.7 tons and 12 feet high. JK Tyre is a preferred supplier to the automotive Original Equipment Manufacturers and is a partner to some of the biggest names including Maruti Suzuki, Tata Motors, Honda, Ashok Leyland, Mahindra & Mahindra, Volvo Eicher, General Motors, Volkswagen, Fiat, Nissan, TAFE, BEML and Caterpillar India.

The company lays special emphasis on establishing a wide distribution network. In India, its nationwide network comprises of 143 selling locations, 4,000 dealers and over 120 retail outlets branded 'JK Tyre Steel Wheels', which are equipped with state-of-the-art wheel servicing equipment. It has also established 17 Truck Radial Tyre Care centres, which operate along all major National Highways on 365 day, 24x7 basis. JK Tyre has established over 14 truck radial total solution showrooms branded “Truck Wheels”. It was the first to introduce unique concepts like “Dial-a-Tyre” and is the only tyre company to launch a 24x7 on-road tyre assistance initiative called “Fix-a-Tyre”.

JK Tyre actively promotes various disciplines of motorsports in India and has invested enormous resources towards building its infrastructure. The Racing and Karting programmes are the breeding ground for the country's young motorsport talent and JK Tyre prodigies like Karun Chandhok, ArmaanEbrahim and Aditya Patel have done India proud in the global arena.