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Bridgestone, Santaco and SA Taxi representatives following the partnership signing

Road safety drives innovative SA Taxi, Bridgestone partnership

Launch of new tyre designed for South African road conditions provides minibus taxi owners nationwide with affordable and safe option

With South Africa having one of the world’s poorest road safety records and nearly 20% of accidents involving tyre failure as a contributing factor, more must be done to ensure the safety of the nation’s roads.

To this end, Bridgestone South Africa has entered into a strategic partnership with SA Taxi to improve safety on our roads with the introduction of a tyre designed exclusively to meet not only the stringent requirements of the Ses’fikile Toyota Quantum minibus taxis but also the Original Auto Equipment Manufacturer requirements.

This deal is specific to the Bridgestone 613V 195/R15C sized tyre, which will be known in the market as the Bridgestone Taxi R15.

The partnership is the first of its kind between a tyre manufacturer and the taxi industry. Through SA Taxi Rewards, an associated multi-faceted loyalty programme, operators will be able to save R400 per tyre and earn rewards on parts, maintenance, and fuel... more

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The Lotus 56B: A most extraordinary racing car

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


The announcement of the new 2021 rules package for Formula One cars should be made on 31 October if all goes according to plan. Will the new regulations benefit F1? Lewis Hamilton says “we are moving to worse tyres and heavier, more sluggish cars”. The teams say new rules will remove design features that currently distinguish one manufacturer’s car from another.

In anticipation of the announcement, let’s remember one of the most unique, distinctive and exceptional F1 cars ever to have graced a F1 grid. This is the “whispering” Pratt & Whitney gas-turbine-powered, four-wheel-drive Lotus 56B of 1971 – pictured here with Emerson Fittipaldi at the wheel.

In the late 1960s, gas-turbine-powered racing cars seemed to be a realistic option. The Rover-BRM performed well at Le Mans in ’63 and ’65, while the Howmet TX also did well in long distance sports car races.

In 1968 Lotus entered three Type 56 turbine-powered cars in the great American classic, the Indianapolis 500. Although all retired, their potential was evident – so much so that Lotus boss Colin Chapman along with designer Maurice Phillipe saw a future for turbine power in F1.

Success, however, was iillusive. The Lotus 56B was too heavy, consumed too much fuel and – most importantly – had a throttle lag of about three seconds. This required a different driving technique, about which all the drivers who tried the car - Reine Wisel, Dave Walker, John Miles and Fittipaldi – complained vociferously.

Eighth place in the 1971 Italian GP (for Fittipaldi) was the car’s stand-out success as well as a second place in a Formula 5000 race at Hockenheim for which the 56B was also eligible. The car was then retired to the Donington Museum, becoming only a footnote in F1 history. Sadly, it was another of Chapman’s glorious failures.

That said, many of the 56B’s styling cues, in particular its striking wedge shape, were transferred to the Lotus 72, the Cosworth-Ford-powered World Championship winner which is still hailed as one of the most successful F1 cars of all time.


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