It started in Belfast, Ireland, in 1888, with an idea that forever changed the way the world rides. The road has led from the racetracks of Europe to America's most sophisticated tire-making labs. The journey has been epic. Take a look, and see how we arrived at a tire brand like no other.
Born ready to roll
1888 John Boyd Dunlop's son is struggling to ride his tricycle. He is riding it because he has a heavy cold, for which a doctor has prescribed a very unusual cure: cycling. To make the child's ride more comfortable, Boyd fits his tricycle with tires made of canvas bonded with liquid rubber. Boyd patents what turns out to be a very big idea.
1889 Cyclist Willie Hume is the first to adopt Boyd's invention for racing, winning a slew of events. It's the start of Dunlop's legendary run of racing success.
1902 Dunlop wins the grueling Paris-Vienna race.
1922 First Dunlop tire using steel rods and canvas casing provides triple the service life of other tires used until then.
Dunlop is one of the world's foremost manufacturers of high-performance tires. Dunlop is a brand owned by The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, headquartered in Akron, Ohio, which employs approximately 73,000 people in 22 countries and produces nearly 200 million tires each year.
Dunlop's history (now approaching 125 years) traces back to the first pneumatic tire and the dawn of motor racing. That heritage is reflected in the design of every tire we make. Our focus on performance has led to numerous innovations and breakthrough technologies.
In addition to automotive tires, we produce a wide range of tires for motorcycles, ATVs, competition go-carts, and commercial trucks. We also sponsor numerous racing and high-performance automotive events.
WINNING BY DESIGN
For over 120 years, Dunlop has led the way in superior driving performance and excellence in racing. From the Trigonal TT100 of the 1970s to the Direzza ZII of today, our belief in innovation and breakthrough tire technology has helped drivers succeed both on the track and on the road.
Hydro-Paddle Technology™ Our hydrodynamic H-P™ design uses strategically configured tread grooves to help quickly and efficiently channel water out of the way. This keeps the tire in touch with the pavement for exceptional traction.
Multi-Pitch Tread Design Technology™ Certain sound frequencies can cancel each other out. That's the acoustic brilliance behind Multi-Pitch™, which uses different sizes of tread blocks to help negate road noises
Active Traction Sipe System™ In ice and snow, ATSS™ reigns. This breakthrough system, featured on Dunlop SP Winter Sport 4D™ tires, uses three unique types of sipes to pull, grip and enhance traction for high-performance cornering, handling and braking.
Dunlop Self-Supporting Technology (DSST) reinforces sidewalls so you can drive for up to 50 miles, at speeds of up to 50 mph, even after a complete loss of air pressure.
Silicarbon Matrix™ What do you get when you cross silica and carbon black? If you're a Dunlop engineer, you get Silicarbon Matrix. If you're a Dunlop driver, you get much better grip in both wet and dry weather.
Traction Web Technology™ The web-like TWT™ tread pattern channels water out of your path, so you can confidently negotiate wet conditions.
Evaqua Grooves™ Angled EVA™ grooves are situated to help efficiently pump water away from your tire's footprint for more responsive handling.
DuPont™ Kevlar™ We integrate this fibrous material to reinforce the sidewall for our tires. That leads to superior road feedback and driving precision for you.
Dimensional Stable Polyester™ We invented a special process that pre-cures and pre-stretches DSP™ ply cords. Results? Long-lasting uniformity and toughness, plus a smoother, more comfortable ride
Max Flange Shield If you've ever damaged a tire on a sharp curb, you'll love MFS. This firm rubber guard extends beyond the rim and wraps around the tire's lower sidewall to help protect against accidental curb damage