Orange Oil Tyres
Orange oil tyre technology is an important feature in almost all newly developed Yokohama tyres. Watch this quick video to see how Orange Oil benefits everyday motorists who are looking for fuel efficient, long lasting and wet grip performance tyres.
In the past, rubber compounding for tyres was a simple process. Soft compound tyres gripped the road well but they wore out in a short time. Hard compound tyres lacked grip but they lasted a long time. Thanks to advances in tyre technology hard and soft compounds are now a thing of the past.
Low rolling resistance "eco tyres" have stiffer build constructions and hard rubber compounds to achieve low rolling resistance and fuel savings. Unfortunately there is an inverse relationship between low rolling resistance and wet grip performance. You can have one or the other.
However, the Yokohama Rubber company helped solve this problem with their own patented orange oil technology. The Yokohama eco tyre range has low rolling resistance and good grip in wet conditions.
Current tyre compounding technology is a very complicated science. Yokohama’s low rolling resistance "eco tyre" range uses a technological innovation called a nano-blend rubber compound. It contains high quality fine-particle silica and orange oil. The rubber is precision blended with other ingredients to get the polymers just right so it provides three previously conflicting performance criteria: low rolling resistance for fuel saving, long mileage capability and excellent wet grip.
The standard rubber does not adhere as well to the gaps in the road surface.
The reason the rubber compound is called a nano-blend is because it operates at an extremely small scale. The rubber compound engineers are interested in how the tyre rubber conforms with the small stones and textures on the road surface.
The contact that each tyre makes with the road is only about the size of the sole of a man’s shoe. So the flexibility and performance of the rubber compound is important so that each tyre can grab as much surface area as possible within the tyre contact patch to generate grip.
Orange oil provides grip.
Orange oil technology helps solve the grip problem present in low rolling resistance eco tyres. It allows motorists to save money by using less fuel without compromising grip for safe and confident driving.
Typically, orange oil is used in detergents and perfumes. The oil doesn't come from the sweet, sticky part of the fruit. It comes from the orange peel. It’s quite acidic and when it touches rubber it softens it.
Orange oil keeps the rubber tyre compound soft and flexible at a micro level so it grips the road. More importantly it works in cold and wet conditions when rubber normally hardens and loses grip.
Yokohama low rolling resistance tyres with orange oil technology.
Fuel oil is a dwindling non-renewable resource that is getting more and more expensive. Car buyers are demanding more fuel efficient vehicles to reduce the cost of motoring. While car manufactures are making smaller, more efficient engines, tyre manufactures are making low rolling resistance tyres.
Low rolling resistance tyres make a car roll along the road easier. So the car requires less power to drive along. If it uses less power it burns less fuel. This saves drivers money and creates fewer exhaust emissions which is kinder to the environment. That's why low rolling resistance tyres are considered "eco friendly". They're also known as "eco tyres".
Low rolling resistance tyres can be demonstrated easily by rolling a car down a ramp and measuring how far it rolls across a flat surface. The further the car rolls the lower the rolling resistance it's tyres have.
Orange oil is even more "eco friendly".
The top fuel-efficient performance of Yokohama's low rolling resistance orange oil tyre range improves vehicle fuel savings and lowers exhaust emissons making the tyres environmentally friendly. A variety of tyre manufacturers now make low rolling resistance tyres they call "eco tyres".
Yokohama goes one step further in the eco friendly stakes. The orange oil used in the tyres replaces some of the fuel oil that goes into tyre production. Orange oil comes from orange peels. So rather than using the non-renewable fuel resource Yokohama can use a waste orange peels for oil which are a renewable.
Yokohama orange oil technology survives the rigors of racing.
The first orange oil tyres in Australia were racing tyres used as the control tyre in the Australian V8 Ute Series in 2011. They proved they could perform well allowing exciting close racing even in hot climates such as Hidden Valley race circuit in Darwin, NT (below).
The Australian V8 Utes use a 235/40R18 Yokohama ADVAN A048 R-spec orange oil tyre
From the 2010 racing season Yokohama supplied "eco racing tyres" to the FIA World Touring Car Championship. The newly developed racing tyre has a reformulated rubber compound where the previous oil was replaced by orange oil making the rubber more flexible with improved grip but with reduced environmental impact.
The WTCC cars use Yokohama ADVAN A005 slicks and A006 wet tyres with orange oil.
Now Yokohama's orange oil technology is available to save everyday motorists money. Yokohama's everyday range of tyres for cars and soft road 4x4s (SUVs) focuses on low rolling resistance and long lasting tyres. Low rolling resistance tyres help your car use less fuel. And long lasting tyres don't need to be replaced as often.
Yokohama's 7 orange oil tyres are:
1. The BluEarth AE01 car tyre for fuel efficient driving
2. The BluEarth-A (AE50) car tyre for extra safety on wet roads.
3. The ADVAN Sport V105, Yokohama’s flagship car tyre.
4. The ADVAN Neova AD08R dual duty street and race tyre
5. The ADVAN A048 race tyre used in the national V8 Ute Racing Series.
6. The Geolandar SUV (G055) which is a long lasting tyre for urban 4x4s and SUVs
7. The Geolandar HT (G056), providing long lasting comfort everywhere you go.
To see which Yokohama fuel saving orange oil tyre suits your car call your nearest Yokohama tyre shop on Ph.139656 or use the store locator.