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More about Car & Kart Tyre Warmers.

Car & Kart Tyre Warmers have an important job:

  1. To pre-heat the tires for greater adhesion
  2. To enable longer tire life by reducing cold shredding
  3. To help the driver get better starts
  4. To reduce first Lap crashes and
  5. To improve driver confidence


Car Tyre Warmers for Formula 3 and open wheel rtacing.

...and this is what Sportsbike Tyre Warmers do:

1. Greater Adhesion

It takes a long time to heat tires so they will function properly using friction. Compound Tires like Racing Slicks and Treaded Road Tyres (not including Full Wet Racing Tires), become sticky when they reach 'Operating Temperature'. Operating Temperature usually ranges between 85 - 100 degrees Celcius (185 - 212 degrees Fahrenheit). This temperature is reached due to the tire working on the road / track surface or by being heated close to 'Operating Temperature' using a Tire Warmer.

Until tires are 'up to temperature' they will not be flexable, have a hard surface and a reduced contact patch, they lack grip, have stiff side walls and sliding is the result. Depending on track temperature and the weather, it actually takes 4 - 6 laps to get tyres to 'Operating Temperature'. That's 4 - 6 laps of less than optimum traction, less confidence and greater risk. In some cases, that's the whole race or over half a Testing Session.

A 'Good' Tire Warmer will heat tires up to a temperature just short of 'Operating Temperature'. Too low a temperature and the tires will 'Cold Tear' too high and the tires will harden and go off. We deliberately say 'Good' Tire Warmers because most Tire Warmers actually fail do the job right.

2. Longer Tire Life

When a tire starts out cold and is worked on the road / track surface the temperature rises, as the temperature rises the surface rubber is removed at a faster rate than when the tire is up to operating temperature. The discarded surface rubber forms little balls at the working edge. This Cold Tearing or Cold Shreading reduces the life of the tire and is avoided when using a Tire Warmer that pre-heats the tire to the correct opperating temperature.

3. Better Starts

With grip, feel and feedback available, the driver can enter turn one with the confidence the front will stick and the rear will grip. When the front sticks, the driver will accelorate. When the rear grips, the car will drive out of the corner and the driver has put his or her competition behind them when it is easiest to do so. Even if you leave the Pits with tyres heated by Tire Warmers, there is no guarantee that you will have hot tyres at the start line. Our research shows that tires loose temperature as soon as the Warmers are removed. As you drive the gridding or sighting lap, tires are being made colder with Track Contact, no ammount of weaving can compensate. In the end, depending on the Tire Warmers you have used, they may have been of little, if any benefit to you.

The heat loss from the tire is caused by the tire and rim assembly not being properly heated. When sufficient temperature is stored in the rim, there is a 'Temperature Reserve' for the tire to draw from as it cools. A good Tire Warmer will not just cover the tire's working surface, it will protect side walls and 'pump' temnperatture into the rim.

4. Driver Confidence

Driver Confidence in the Machine is vitally important. Confidence is psycological and is the attitude of the driver to the way he or she drives the car or kart. Confidence is however influenced by the level of grip available, the ability to turn easily, accelorate thecar progressivly and control the car with ease. Without these influences being positive and supporting the driver, the driver's Confidence is lessened or at least distracted.

Without Confidence the driver the driver is tense, uses 'jirky' imputs to keep control and is not smooth.The driver is just trying to survive. If this does not sound familier, it is possible you may not be aware of what is going on as your attention is focused on suvival.

Driver Confidence in the Machine is what Suspension Set-up is all about and you know how much importance is placed on having the 'right Suspension Set-up'. Driver Confidence is also one of the main reasons Tire Warmers are essential. Tire Warmers prepare the tires so that the driver can go out hard and drive with confidence and control, in racing terms if you start out faster, you will end up faster.

Sportsbike have manufactured Tyre Warmers since 1996. Through extensive development and by working with many of the world's best Motorcycle riders, we have been able to develop a Tyre Warmer that works. Sportsbike has developed a design of Tire Warmer that considerably reduces the rate of cooling and enables a tyre to be at a higher temperature at the start line. Sportsbike Tyre Warmers are designed to help tires to be hotter in turn one... the rest is up to the Driver.

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