Marangoni Tyre used the 2013 Geneva Motor Show to reveal its latest creation: the Toyota GT86-R Eco Explorer. The tuner finds theGT-86 sports car just perfect from factory, but it wanted to offer it that unmistakable Italian style that transformed the car into something unforgettable.
The new Eco Explorer has been defined as the "quintessence of elegance, fashion and sport, but also environmental-friendliness." The tuner uses an innovative ammonia fuel technology by Bigas International that delivers "zero emissions.”
Per the tuner, one liter of ammonia costs just 20 cents, and with a full tank, the GT86-R can travel up to 180 kilometers (111 miles). At engine speeds up to 2,800 rpm, the car travels on ammonia only, and at greater speeds, the car switches to direct-injected gasoline.
The car will be offered with a special set of flame-red 19-inch tires called "M-Power EvoRed". These special tires were developed using the third-generation functionalized polymers that offer a better interaction between silica and polymer. This way the car delivers a class-B rating for rolling resistance and class-A rating for wet braking.
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Marangoni Tyre has chosen the Geneva Motor Show, Europe’s leading motoring exhibition, as the stage to launch its new show car. For the sixth year running, the company, proudly a manufacturer of “100% Made in Italy” tyres, will be stressing its strong Italian identity through its tuning version of the revelation sports car of 2012, the Toyota GT86.
The intriguing idea is to use unmistakable Italian style to improve something that is already excellent in itself: an operation that allows Marangoni to exploit all its research and innovation capabilities in different areas, from motorsport to the environment. Marangoni expresses a global and fascinating vision of the automobile, in which the tyres represent an essential and decisive element in terms of performance and style.
Put through the “creative works” by Simone Neri and his TRC Italia style centre, the Japanese sports car has been transformed into the Toyota GT86-R Marangoni Eco Explorer: the quintessence of elegance, fashion and sport, but also environmental-friendliness, underlining one of the core values of all Marangoni products. With original solutions: significant reductions in consumption and harmful emissions have been achieved using innovative ammonia fuel technology by Bigas International. When running on this experimental fuel system the car has "zero emissions".
One litre of ammonia costs just 20 cents, and the 30 litres that the Toyota GT86-R tank can hold are enough to travel around 180 km. At engine speeds up to 2,800 rpm, the car can be fuelled on ammonia alone, then switching to direct injection and petrol at higher engine loads. Consequently, for city driving the car can almost completely run on ammonia. Due to the high energy output of ammonia the original and exciting performance potential of the GT 86 is maintained.
For the Toyota GT86-R, Marangoni presents “M-Power EvoRed”, a special set of flame-red 19” tyres. For this experimental version, Marangoni Tyre has developed a highly-ecological tyre, based on the standard M-Power, the maximum in Marangoni technological evolution and applied research.
By using third generation functionalized polymers, designed specifically for better interaction between silica and polymer, and the introduction of innovative experimental nanomaterials as more effective alternative fillers to carbon black, M-Power EvoRed has managed to achieve class B rating for rolling resistance and class A for wet braking. These two values, outstanding for ultra-high performance tyres, confirm the efforts made to ensure lower fuel consumption and increased safety that, together with maximum driving pleasure, are the focus of Marangoni’s main product development guidelines.
Completing this new project are partnerships with Italian companies, including Sparco for the interiors, and a series of cutting-edge technical solutions, such as the powerful braking system developed by Brembo.