Earlier this year I was asked by my racing sponsor Yokohama Tire Sales Philippines to test a tire for them. At first I thought it would be around the race track and as usual against the clock, but then I found out it was for an ECO tire and that we would be testing for fuel mileage consumption against the tire it was to replace.
In all the years of my racing, I have been involved in many tire tests but never for an ECO tire. I’ll be honest with you now that I have always been quite skeptical and am always very hard to convince unless I see and experience the results for myself.
10.762 liters with A.drive
Only 9.495 liters with the BluEarth
Rolling Test of BluEarth tire: 44.6 meters average as against the A-drive tire that rolled to 40.7 meters average
I was so baffled I kept asking the guy filming it he remembers the A drive tire was reading 5.2 to 5.5l/100kms. He said he filmed the computer reading during our first run but could not remember what it read. I was so intrigued by this because now I was not sure what I saw earlier in the first run since my camera man could not remember the first reading either. I would have to wait till the end of the trip to find out.
At the end of our run at almost 4am, the gas pump was the one that confirmed what the computer was reading during our second run with the BluEarth Tire. We had consumed 10.762 liters with the A drive tire as against only 9.495 liters with the BluEarth Tire. SIMPLY AMAZING! We had saved over 11 percent of fuel by just putting on a different tire.
I was truly impressed and made a believer for the first time. Looking back at the video clips after the test, I was also able to confirm what I did see in the on board computer of the Civic during the run, the car could actually tell it was saving more fuel with our simple tire change, another Amazing innovation of technology nowadays.
Two weeks later we launched the AE-01 BluEarth Tire for the Yokohama dealers nationwide and did a rolling resistance test at the Clark International Speedway. By this time I was already sold on the BluEarth Tire so I knew it would handily beat the older A-drive tire. It did just that by rolling off a ramp on a Toyota Altis with the engine off to 44.6 meters average as against the A-drive tire that rolled to 40.7 meters average. That’s ten percent more distance travelled on an identical test witnessed by all the dealers.
Doing more math figures in my head, I realized that with the over ten percent savings on fuel (other test done in other countries have yielded as much as 13 percent savings), over the course of the life of the tire which is upwards of 45,000 kilometers, which would translate to about 4500 liters of fuel (at 10 kms per liter), you would be saving about 450 liters of fuel over that time. At gasoline prices today of about 50 pesos per liter, that’s savings of 22,500 pesos…or like the title said, your tire is FREE!