Giti Overcomes Rugged Terrains to Conquer 5,000km Silk Road Rally
With its two vehicles armed with all-terrain tires, Giti Tire was able to overcome extreme conditions throughout three countries to achieve success in the 2019 Silk Way Rally and demonstrate the strengths of its tires in the toughest environments.
Over 10 days, 10 stages, and across three countries Giti's Toyota Hilux vehicles traversed. From the coniferous forests of East Siberia in Russia to the vast grasslands of Mongolia, to the magnificent sand mountains of the Chinese Gobi Desert – the Silk Way Rally took place over 5,008 kilometers. The searing summer heat and terrain challenges were obstacles that only top drivers and tires could take on, especially putting its Giti4x4 AT70 all-terrain tires to the true test. In the end, Giti’s vehicles #241 took on the wide competition of the field to achieve 13th place overall and 4th place in group T1.
The Heroes Expedition on the Silk Road
Rally racing has always been a sport that constantly challenges through harsh natural environments, human physical limits, racing technology, and tire performance. But the charm of the competition lies in constantly breaking through the limits and challenging oneself through the struggle.
For the first time, Giti Tire took part in the Silk Way Rally race, leading its all-terrain cross-country Giti4x4 AT70 and GitiCompete Desert1 tires throughout the journey. Escorted by two groups of motorcades and fighting against the Silk Road, the teams aimed to test the quality of its products through rigorous competition.
The rally started from Irkuzk near Lake Baikal, crossing Mongolia from north to south, while setting up a race camp in Ulaanbaatar. The race then entered China, challenging the famous Badan Mountain and Gobi Desert. Finally, the closing ceremony was held in Dunhuang.
The adventure passed through lush oases, dense forests, vast grasslands, blue lakes, desolate deserts, the vast Gobi, and other wide environments - facing the test of mountains, hills, canyons and other topographical conditions - coupled with the complex and changeable weather and other external factors.
Throughout the consecutive bad road conditions, the Giti Team with broke through in the Siberian Mountains and successfully completed the race with Wu Bin and Qiao Xu. After the race, driver Lian Wubin remarked that Giti's cross-country tire AT70 withstood the tests of the road conditions, and was pleasantly surprised about its superior performance, especially on tough mountain roads.
Taking Driving Off-Road with Giti4x4 AT70
Giti Tire has been devoted to motorsports for more than ten years and has won hundreds of honors at home and abroad. The purpose of motorsports is to collect more data and information through the test of various extreme road conditions, helping the company to develop technology and create more trustworthy tire products for owners.
Utilizing a special tread block design, multi-tread combination technology, and unique casing technology with piercing resistance, the Giti4x4 AT70 has a three-tier casing, enhanced sidewall, with strengthened grip on off-road surfaces. Its special 3.5 mm guardrail type anti-friction strip also helps the tire bounce off rubble and reduce wear and tear while driving on bad roads. In order to combat the rugged cross-country road conditions, Giti also adjusted the formula when developing the AT70, increasing the content of natural rubber, and improving the tear resistance of rubber, providing strong support for the drivers in the Silk Way Rally.
While top off-road racers find great value using Giti’s AT70 option, the tire is available for all drivers. It presents a single option for users who enjoy having the ability to drive off-road, while also allowing for smooth highway and other on-road driving.
About Giti Tire
Giti Tire Group (headquartered in Singapore) has roots in the tire business going back to 1951 and is now one of the world’s largest tire companies. Giti Tire produces a broad range of tire products, serving major original equipment vehicle manufacturers, auto-service outlets, motorsports teams, tire dealers, and consumers in more than 130 countries worldwide. The company has eight production centers in three countries, including a newly opened tire factory in South Carolina, USA.
In addition to its wide network and motorsports presence, Giti Tire is also heavily focused on green production and community efforts, including participation in local education and environmental efforts to create a better society.
Find out more at www.giti.com/corp