Goodyear’s Dunlop brand launches a fourth new tire in their hypersport portfolio in March 2018. The Dunlop SportSmart TT has been developed to meet the needs of riders with the very latest sports bikes and performance roadsters who want to use the same tyre on track and for road riding.
The name SportSmart TT derives from Dunlop’s road focused SportSmart range and adds the letters TT, which refer to “Track Technology”.
The launch of the SportSmart TT marks Dunlop’s comeback to a segment of the market where they last competed with the renowned Qualifier RR over a decade ago.
The SportSmart TT is the fourth new Dunlop hypersport tire to be launched in the past year and completes Dunlop’s strategy, announced last year, of taking a new approach to the segment in redefining their range around the goal of a ‘tire for every rider’.
The new Dunlop SportSmart TT uses a race compound that is proven to provide consistent performance and a versatile operating range – vital for combined road and track use.
To optimize the contact patch, Dunlop used an evolution of their innovative NTEC technology on the SportSmart TT. The new NTEC RT technology allows a tuning of rear inflation pressure to maximise the footprint on trackdays. It allows riders to keep the standard manufacturer pressures for road use, but increase the contact patch by up to 24 percent when riding on track.
‘These two technologies are key to the performance of SportSmart TT. When the tire is fully unveiled in March 2018 we will reveal two additional technologies. The combination of these four innovations have resulted in the birth of a tyre which creates a niche of its own in the Dunlop hypersport portfolio. With four new tyres in the hypersport sector, we now truly have a tyre for every type of rider – whether on road or track’ added Marfleet.