RALLIES

Cooper Tire Europe has expanded its involvement in endurance rallying, with its 4x4 products victorious in high-profile events.

Dakar Rally expert, Spaniard Xavier Foj, won the T2 production class of the legendary rally in his Discoverer S/T MAXX-shod Toyota Land Cruiser 150.

More success for Cooper racers followed as the Race2Recovery team – made up of injured servicemen and able-bodied civilians – overcame the physical and mental demands of the 15-day challenge to become the first disability team to complete the Dakar Rally. Major Matt O’Hare and Corporal Philip ‘Barney’ Gillespie used their Bowler Wildcat on Cooper Discoverer STT tyres.

The Discoverer STT features the company’s innovative Armor-Tek3 heavy-duty carcass, which delivers three plies of protection against impact damage. Meanwhile, an aggressive tread pattern optimizes traction on hard surfaces but also offers better grip on soft sand.

Tapered stone ejectors will help prevent stones and debris lodging in the tread and a strategically-placed rim flange protector also helps protect the wheel and tyre from off-road hazards.

Meanwhile, Foj and his co-driver Jordi Cervantes tackled 9000km across in Argentina, Chile and Peru in the Dakar. Foj chose one of the toughest off-road tyres that Cooper manufactures: the Discoverer S/T MAXX.

Its compound and large tread area provides superior grip in all conditions while the alternating rib pattern will help with the discharge of loose stones. Cooper’s proven class-leading Armor-Tek3 construction ensures strong durability, by delivering strength to the sidewall and tread area, a winning combination which will no doubt prove more than a match for the specialist compound tyres of their competitors.