The Falken Tire brand, a subsidiary of Sumitomo Rubber Industries, launched in its native country of Japan in 1983 and was introduced to the North American market two years later. At its inception, Falken was created as the flagship high performance radial brand under Ohtsu Tire and Rubber. Now, over two and a half decades later, Falken continues to focus on UHP (Ultra High Performance) products and utilizing professional motorsports racing to further develop and improve passenger vehicle products for worldwide distribution.
Falken Tire Corporation, based in Fontana California, is the corporate headquarters and west coast distribution center for North American operations. Additional Falken Tire distribution locations include warehouses in Tennessee, New Jersey and Texas.
Falken’s current products range from the track inspired and enthusiast targeted Azenis series to the maximum performance and luxury sport FK452. The award winning all-season performance Ziex ZE912 provides sure footed grip in any weather condition while the S/TZ04 encompasses cutting edge styling and ultra plus fitments for today’s light truck and SUV’s.
Future product development includes the expansion into rugged all-terrain, winter performance and premium touring categories.
Considered a marketing maverick in many regards, Falken Tire prides itself on its in house branding and creative capabilities. Housing a fully staffed advertising department and motorsports team allows Falken Tire to fully maximize exposure on internally operated American Le Mans and Professional Drifting programs.
For more information regarding Falken Tire, please visit falkentire.com.
Year Founded: 1983
Number of Employees: Over 125
Parent Company: Sumitomo Rubber Industries
As Falken Tires enters its second year of sports car competition, the tire manufacturer returns to the important and highly regarded American LeMans Series (ALMS) competition where it will once again compete in the series GT2 class.
What's different for the ALMS competition 2009 season is this year, Falken is running its own team, based at its corporate headquarters in Fontana, CA. The car is the powerful Porsche 911 RSR. The 3.8-liter boxer engine of the GT3 RSR remains unchanged with the exception of slight improvements in specified areas. The motor delivers 465 hp at 8,000 rpm. Weight of the race car is 2,700 pounds.
To ensure its competitiveness, Falken has developed a special Azenis RT Slick tire for this car, which the company will manufacture in Japan. A dedicated engineering and development crew will attend each ALMS competition event to observe and provide appropriate resources. Falken has developed much of its technology from its motorsports efforts throughout the world, including competition in Super Taikyu, at the 24 hours of the legendary Nurburgring - a punishing race - and the highly regarded Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Track title: Rotoscopation
License Type: Mass Market License
Composer: Stobierski Thomas (BMI)
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Based on having spent a quarter of his life drifting, one might say Vaughn Gittin, Jr.s name is synonymous with the popular sport. Indeed, Vaughn has enjoyed a strong relationship with both Falken and Ford, showing the world the capabilities of his powerful Mustang, crushing the throttle to reach maximum power while keeping his car in control on his Falken Azenis RT-615 tires.
In late 2008, Vaughn drifted the streets of downtown Los Angeles for the Bosch performance art promotions, and just recently jetted off to Japan, where he drove a Falken Tire Shod 2010 Mustang across the country, making key stops at world renowned tracks such as Ebisu and the YZ circuit.
The combination of Team Falken, Vaughn and Ford has realized many epic moments including two historic D1 Grand Prix wins. First, at U.S.A vs. Japan and a repeat at D1s World Championship
In addition to his international travels, Vaughn recently treated NHRA drag racing legend John Force to the drift of his life (some witnesses went so far as to say ride of his life) as part of Barrett-Jacksons drifting experience at the auctioneers recent event in Scottsdale, AZ, and took multiple road racing champion Tommy Kendall on a test drive for SpeedTV, both riding in his brand new 2010 Falken Tire Ford Mustang.
While drifting is just the latest talent Vaughn has developed behind the wheel, hes had the speed sensation for a long time. Since I was born, I have lived and breathed cars, he declares, asking his namesake to do fishtails and burnouts the way other dads drive their children around the block to soothe them. I have always loved the feeling of the back end skating around, engine screaming and tires smoking, he adds, which ultimately led him to choose a career in motorsports. Moving from motocross to drifting paid off quickly, and Vaughn rose to the top of the field. He caught the eye of Falken Tire who in 2004, was eager to expand their drifting efforts and take the U.S. drifting scene by storm. The rest, as one says, is history, and Vaughn has become a key part of Falkens extensive commitment to this exciting sport, both in the U.S. and internationally. His new 2010 Ford Mustang featuring state-of-the-art technology, is set for an exciting 2009 schedule as the centerpoint of Team Falken, ready to meet and once again, conquer the competition.
LONG BEACH, CA Fontana, CA-based Falken Tire, well regarded for its high performance tires, officially entered the 2009 American Le Mans Series highly competitive GT2 class by competing at Long Beach with its in-house-prepared Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The car was driven by veterans Dominic Cicero and Bryan Sellers and ran on specially prepared Falken AZENIS RT slicks.
Qualified in eighth position by Sellers, the Team Falken Tire RSR ran within a second of the race podium-winning #92 BMW car, a considerable accomplishment for a brand new team and tire that has never previously experienced the unforgiving Long Beach street course. The Porsche moved to seventh on the grid after the pole-winning car was sent to the rear for a ride height infraction. Sellers started the race, but reported shifting problems early on. He continued to nurse the car for 30 laps, maintaining his position of seventh, but eventually had to retire the Porsche. The team finished 20th overall and 12th in class.
The car was extremely consistent for a long time, Sellers said. I was able to run a steady pace for the whole stint never dropping off more than four-tenths of a lap until we had transmission problems. Co-driver Cicero agreed: The tires were consistent and held up very well in our practices. We feel we have a great product for the 2010 season.
Despite our race difficulties, our drivers were very happy with the Falken Azenis RT slicks, added Stephen Mitchell, Falkens Motorsports Manager.
The team worked very well together for being our first race. Weve done a lot of testing, but this was a good experience under extreme pressure, stated Rod Everett, Falken team manager. We noticed vibration on very high speed during practice on Friday, and we pulled the transmission and examined it. Its a shame that we finished where we did, but thats racing. Well learn from this, move forward and do better next time.
Long Beach also saw the debut of Falkens new tire team booth with a constant flow of traffic to the Falken paddock Friday and Saturday. Falken awarded a specially designed Falken collectible guitar to Tom Crowe as part of its at-track promotional efforts.
The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR is painted in traditional Falken teal and blue livery, now highlighted by its new sponsor, Cleveland Golf of Huntington Beach, CA. Cleveland Golf, a force on the PGA tour, embraces many of the same product development ideologies which Falken Tire Corporation applies to their Azenis RT Slick tires used for ALMS competition.
The American Le Mans is an excellent series and the perfect platform for Falken to demonstrate the strength and capabilities of our technology and capabilities, noted Andrew Hoit, Director of Marketing, Falken Tire. The competition this year is extremely tough, and we knew that going in, because we wanted to be able to challenge the factory teams as well as the privateers and our competitors, the other tire manufacturers. Were running a shorter season this year, in preparation for a full assault in 2010.
The Falken Tire/Cleveland Golf team will next compete at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in September.
Track title: Ownage
License Type: Mass Market License
Composer: Dimitris Plagiannis (AEPI)
Publisher:Dimitris Plagiannis (AEPI)
At the Formula D 2009 season opener at Long Beach Tyler McQuarrie gave StreetFire a tour of his Falken Tire V8 Nissan 350Z
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June 8, 2009
WALL TOWNSHIP, NJ (June 8, 2009) Performance and preparation paid off as Team Falken Tires factory drivers swept the podium at Wall Speedway in Saturday nights round 3 of the 2009 Formula Drift season. Darren McNamara took the top rung in his Saturn Sky; Vaughn Gittin, Jr., earned second with his 2010 Ford Mustang GT; and Tyler McQuarrie finished third, driving his Nissan 350Z.
The achievement was historical as this was the first time ever for three Team Falken cars to take the top three positions as well as the first time one team has dominated the podium.
Wall Speedway, aptly named "The Gauntlet", is a 16-degree banked oval along the straightaway with 30 degrees on the turns before moving to the figure 8 infield portion of the course. The capacity crowd witnessed strong competition among Team Falken and other Formula D competitors as skies and rain cleared allowing for ideal door-to-door high speed battles. Five drivers using Falken Azenis RT615 tires advanced to the top 16. In the finals, Gittin, Jr., stood up against McNamara with McNamara ultimately taking the win in a close fought match.
Following round 3, Darren advances to first in points in the overall championship, while Gittin, Jr. moves to fifth and Tyler McQuarrie moves forward to seventh place in the standings.
Falken Tire would like to thank their drivers, staff, associates and fans for helping make this long standing goal a reality for their team and brand. Round 3 results truly show the capabilities of the Azenis RT-615 and their dedication to the sport of drifting. Autosport Dynamics has done an outstanding job building and preparing each of the three vehicles winning this round, and as they enjoy this historic win, they will now focus on the final four rounds of Formula D as they gun for the Championship.
Team Falken will head to hotter climates when Formula D hits Las Vegas and goes All In for Round 4 at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, July 10-11.
Track title: King of the Beats
License Type: Mass Market License
Composer: Wesley Devine (IMRO (CAE#: 581023377))
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