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ABOUT JK TYRE

Part of the JK Organisation, JK Tyre & Industries Ltd is a leading tyre manufacturer in India and amongst the top 25 manufacturers in the world with a wide range of products catering to diverse business segments in the automobile industry.

JK Tyre is the only tyre manufacturer in India to be included in the list of Superbrand in 2017, the sixth time the honour has been conferred upon the company JK Tyre has global presence in 100 countries across six continents, backed by production support from 12 plants - 9 in India and 3 in Mexico. Currently, the capacity across all its plants is about 35 million tyres per annum. In April 2016, JK Tyre acquired Cavendish India Limited from Birla Tyres. While acquisition added three modern plants to its portfolio taking the total count to 12, it helped the tyre major foray into the two/three wheeler segment as well. In 2018, the company inaugurated its state-of-the-art Raghupati Singhania Centre of Excellence (RPSCOE) at Mysore.

Pioneers of radial technology, JK Tyre produced the first radial tyre in 1977 and is currently the market leader in Truck Bus Radial segment. With over three decades of technological innovation, JK Tyre offers tyre for entire range of passenger and commercial vehicles, starting from a 3 kg two-wheeler tyre to a 3.5 ton OTR tyre. JK Tyre & Industries Ltd has a strong network of 4000 dealers and over 450 dedicated Brand shops called as Steel Wheels and Xpress Wheels providing complete solutions to its customers.

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The Journey

With adrenaline in the blood, with the thrill of the chase, with muscle machines taking a grip, sweeping stages and pushing the limits, we at JK Tyre believed while others were doubting, and put our foot down only to begin with a bang! JK Tyre Motorsport was conceived 30 years ago with the noble idea of bringing world-class motorsports to India. It endeavored to create an eco-system to provide racing opportunities to enthusiasts and an instant thrill to speed lovers in the country. Behind all this, went a lot of hard work and sweat to convert pieces of land covered in dirt into world-class race-tracks attracting world- class racers. Over the last ten years, the company has invested over Rs 300 crores to create and develop a world-class infrastructure.

JK Tyre ventured into the fast lane in the early 90's, sweeping the National Rally Championship for seven years straight! JK was quick to discern the changing trend and came up with the novel concept of circuit racing in 1997. It conceptualized the JK Tyre National Racing Championship to not only give aspiring youngsters a platform to hone their skills but also offer fans a viewerfriendly racing event.

The JKNRC proved to be a hit and became the most important and prestigious event on the FMSCI's national calendar. The championship evolved with each year, keeping pace with international changes and improvement in technology that helped India's young racers to move with the time.

In 2000, we took another step to encourage budding racers in their formative years by introducing 4-stroke go-karting in India. And in 2005, that's when the National Rotax Max Karting Championship was introduced. Its introduction paved the way for even seven-year- olds to learn and hone their skills so that they could graduate to the next level at the right age.

Our cars in the national racing series evolved from the Maruti 800 to world-class engines that roar at the tap of the foot. In the late 90s & early 2000s, we had Formula Chevrolet & Formula Hyundai as part of our main grid. We introduced the super saloons as well, which slowly saw the arrival of hatchbacks like the Polo and sedans like the BMW & Vento. JK in 2011 took a giant leap and made the biggest announcement in the history of the Indian motorsport. The company took over the Formula BMW Asia Pacific Series and rendered it as the JK Racing Asia Series. The Series saw a line-up of drivers from all corners of the world.

Our commitment towards motorsports eventually paid dividends with Narain Karthikeyan emerging on the scene as a potential world-class racer. He finally made the grade in 2005, becoming India's first F1 racer. Karun Chandhok followed in his footsteps, making the grade in 2010. Both of them not only cut their teeth in our championships but proudly wore our colours on the world stage. Other success stories became regular features, with racers like Armaan Ebrahim, Aditya Patel, and more recently Arjun Maini (who has been signed by the F1 team Haas as a developmental driver) making JKNRC a force to reckon with.

The JK Super Bike Cup was introduced in 2014 and has received a tremendous response. The two-wheeler biking event features two thrilling classes of races – The 600cc Super Bikes Cup & a 1000cc Super Bikes Cup, both these events feature at the prestigious JK Tyre National Racing Championship.

In 2017 we went an extra mile and JKNRC extended its domain to the two-wheeler category. We joined hands with Suzuki and launched the JK Tyre Suzuki Gixxer Cup (over 16 years of age) and the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup (age 12 to 16 years). For this National Bike Championship, we had scouted the best bikers in the country and provided them all the support and training they needed to become international racers.

From the dazzling arena of the go-karting championship to the hottest matches across major racing circuits, JK Tyre has always strived to bring to you the most adrenaline- pumping action since the last 21 years and counting.

history

Building Motorsport Infrastructure

With a mission to make Indian motorsport on par with international standards, JK Tyre took upon itself to build the much-needed infrastructure in the country. Over the last ten years, the company itself has invested over `300 crores to simply create and develop world-class infrastructure. We also introduced India's first motorsport academy in partnership with Meco Motorsports, managed by Akbar Ebrahim, India’s first ever Formula Three driver and a trained racing coach. The academy caters to all disciplines of racing which our country's infrastructure permits.

The Beginning

JK Tyre supported India's only decade long international event -- The Himalayan Rally -- through the 80s and then formed its own rally team in the 90s. Team JK Tyre created history by winning the National Rally Championship seven times and also were the first ever Asian Zone Champions from India.

Early1980

Associates with The Himalayan Rally - India's premier international event

Early1990

Forms its own rally team - Team JK Tyre - that goes on to become 7 times Indian National Rally Champions and the first Asian Zone champion

Early1997

Lays down necessary infrastructure to build karting tracks across the country for the JK Tyre National Karting Championship that takes shape in the year 2000 across seven cities in India.

Early1997

Launches the JK Tyre Racing Championship - a stepping stone for promising drivers who aspire for the world of Formula Car Racing

Early2000

Lauches JK Tyre National Karting Championship with introduction of 4-stroke karts

Early2005

Introduces 2-stroke Rotax Karting in India – A championship that featured 2-stoke kart engines to the karting frontier.

Early2006

The JK Tyre Racing Championship progresses from single seater 800cc engines alongside group N Saloon cars including formula Hyundai & Maruti swift along with 1.6-litre Chevrolet powered Formula Rolon – the first single seater car with a wing.

Early2008

JK Tyre hosts the 24-hour International Kart Enduro that sees international participation & out of the 2 Indian teams participating, one was an all-women's team.

Early2010

Launches the Constitution Club of India Car Rally for Parliamentarians in collaboration with the Constitution Club of India to spread a social message which sees participation from dignitaries and Members of Parliament

Launches the Volkswagen Polo Cup in India which ran as part of the JK Tyre Racing Championship

Early2010

Launches the Constitution Club of India Car Rally for Parliamentarians in collaboration with the Constitution Club of India to spread a social message which sees participation from dignitaries and Members of Parliament

Launches the Volkswagen Polo Cup in India which ran as part of the JK Tyre Racing Championship

Early2011

Acquires the FIA accredited Formula BMW Asia Pacific Series and rechristens it as the JK Racing Asia Series - one of the biggest developments in Indian motorsport history. The series ran as a support race to the Grand Prix held across Asia {Malaysia, India & Singapore)

Early2012

The JK Racing Asia Series makes its maiden entry in the European circuits with three rounds at historic circuits such as the Paul Ricard circuit in southern France, the Spa Francorchamps in Belgium and the Silverstone circuit in the United Kingdom

Early2013

Rechristened JKRAS to JK Racing India Series with the grid consisting of Indian drivers.

Early2017

Suzuki Gixxer Cup, A new initiative of JK Tyre Motorsport in 2wheeler racing

To Be Continued
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