Coinciding with the launch of the new Pirelli Scorpion STR, the company ran a series of theory and practical courses for professionals on the new tyres' behaviour in 4x4 and SUV vehicles. Alongside the company's specialist instructors, RPM staff delivered the courses, which dealt with the theories behind the handling of these vehicles, followed by practical sessions.
The first part of the course showed how to differentiate between SUV and 4x4 vehicles by comparing and contrasting their basic features.
The second part took a more in-depth look at the characteristics of a pure 4x4 vehicle. Topics covered included the rigid axle and independent suspension, and the differences between them, what a speed reducer is and the various types of blocking systems that can be fitted to it, both in the gear box and the differentials, and how all these features affect the behaviour of the tyres.
Emphasis was placed on the importance of fitting the correct tyres for both types of vehicle and the function of the ESP traction control system installed in the SUVs.
To round off the theory course, participants learned the proper rules for off-road driving and the correct way to handle these vehicles on unfamiliar terrain.
The last part of the course consisted in a test drive during which participants could try out the theoretical guidelines in practical situations by driving a 4x4 on special tracks.