Dunlop tyres are in the premium market segment and many drivers have long associated the brand with its involvement in motorsports. The company has years of experience gained under the toughest conditions, such as at those encountered at racetracks. Dunlop-brand tyres are characterised by their very high performance and they make use of state-of-the-art technological breakthroughs, ensuring you can enjoy a safe and comfortable ride.
These tyres have sports in their DNA, and it should therefore come as no surprise that Mercedes-AMG has chosen the company as its official partner for technology applied in motorsports. Other premium brands such as Audi, Volkswagen, BMW, Renault and Jaguar also choose Dunlop to improve the performance of their luxury vehicles. The capabilitires of Dunlop tyres are regularly appreciated and praised in tests carried out by leading motoring organisations.
Dunlop tyres will appeal to drivers who like to drive dynamically and expect something more than just reliability from their tyres. If you like to feel the thrill of driving a sports car, and driving is your passion, then the tyres Dunlop has to offer are certainly for you.
The company's beginnings date back to John Boyd Dunlop, who was the first to patent the pneumatic tyre, a tyre filled with air for improved comfort. Initially, the tyres were used for bicycles.
In the early 1960s, Dunlop engineers discovered aquaplaning, which enabled the development of tyres that drain water away quickly, significantly improving safety on wet surfaces.
Another of Dunlop's exceptional achievements is 3S technology, which allows the development of tyres that are safe, comfortable and resistant to wear, all at the same time. This solution led to a new standard in the production of tyres.
Dunlop developed one of the first tyres that enabled continued driving after a puncture — this was the Denovo model, equipped with a DSST system, introduced in the 1970s.
When it comes to motorsports, the company can be proud of it’s long series of successes in the gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans race, as well as 8 championship titles and 82 wins in the Formula 1 Grand Prix.
History of the brand
The logo of Dunlop tyres
From a bicycle to the empire
The story of how Dunlop became inspired to begin producing tyres sounds today like a legend, comparable to that of Archimedes and his “Eureka” moment. In 1888 the Irishman was observing his son outside the house riding his tricycle on bumpy cobblestones. The tricycle had hard rubber tyres, which made it difficult for the boy to gain speed, and also made the ride uncomfortable. Dunlop decided to help him by gluing a thin layer of rubber around the wheels, and then inflating it using a football pump. The “valve” was the top of a baby’s feeding bottle!
From this innocent game there emerged one of the most important inventions in the history of the tyre industry. John B. Dunlop had created the basis for the first pneumatic tyre. Just a year later this Belfast vet’s invention was put to use on a traditional bicycle. A little-known cyclist used the bike to secure a series of decisive race victories. The secret of his success? Pneumatic tyres.
Naturally Dunlop soon patented his work (31 October 1888), and in 1889, together with several Dublin businessmen, he set up the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company. A year later in Dublin he opened his first tyre factory, from which bicycle tyres were being sold after just a few months to Australia, and by Christmas 1890 to the United States. The firm ...