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  • Buy this BluEarth Tire: It's Free



    CARLOS ANTON

    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.

    We worked with Yokohama to see what test would be sufficient for me to be convinced that the new BluEarth AE01 tire would save me more gas per Kilometer against the older A-drive tire. It was agreed that we would run the test at the SCTEX and I insisted it be run in the wee hours of the morning to be sure there are less cars and the cruise control set at 80kms per hour could be maintained all thru out the run. Our refueling and changing of tires were done at the Total Station in Subic, and everything was to be recorded and filmed for accuracy.

    We started testing at past 10PM and ended around 4am with no hitches, we practically had the SCTEX to ourselves.

    The Honda Civic we used had an on board computer on it which is supposed to tell you how many liters you use per 100 kilometers (something I could never figure out how computers do). As I would glance at the computer during our first run with the A drive tire, I remember it to be reading about 5.2l/100kms to 5.6l/100kms because of the uphill climbs in SCTEX. After finishing the run with the A drive tire it was time to put in the new AE01 BluEarth Tire, refuel, and run another 188 kilometers to Tarlac and back to get the results.

    After the first 5 kilometers of our run with the BluEarth tire on with cruise control set to 80kph and ready for another 2 hour plus trip, I decided to have a look at the computer again and see what it would say. I was shocked and quickly pointed it out to the guy filming the test to video it because it was reading 4.9 l/100kms.Like I earlier said, I don’t know how these computers work, and how in the world would it know or sense that we had changed tires and gave us a lower reading.


    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!





     

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