For the fifth consecutive season, Cooper Tire Europe has been announced as the official tire supplier and associate partner to the FIA World Rallycross Championship, supplying bespoke World RX tires to all teams.
While Cooper Tire incorporated its innovative RFID (radio frequency identification) technology for the first time last season, for 2018 the tire manufacturer will have changing regulations on tire allocations to contend with.
Tire use will now be restricted to 12 dry and 12 wet tires for each driver, per event, and from the driver’s third round, the allocation registered at that event must include at least four drys and four wets from a previous round.
“World Rallycross is a phenomenal platform for Cooper to not only demonstrate its supremacy in the development of all-terrain tires, but to also be at the cutting edge of tire technologies and the future of global motorsport,” said Sarah McRoberts, marketing communications manager for Cooper Tire Europe.
The main difference to the paddock, enforced by the new tire regulations, is that teams are no longer able to use additional new tires for open practice, but instead have to manage their event allocation across all on-track sessions during the race weekend.