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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.

Learn more about our rich racing history below. If you're looking for a racetrack quality drive on the roads, check out our line of sport performance tires.

racing history:124 years and counting in the winner's circle

Since the first victory in 1889, Dunlop's dedication to innovation and technology has helped build a rich history of  success both on the racetrack and the roads. Take a look at some highlights from 124 years of Dunlop racing.

  • 1889
  • 1923
  • 1957
  • 1968
  • 1988
  • 2003
  • 2010
  • 2013
  • Cyclist Willie Hume races pneumatic tires to victory, and marks the start of Dunlop Racing success.

  • First Grand Prix victory.

  • Teams up with Jaguar in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for an unprecedented winning streak: four titles in seven years.

  • Victory in the first ever London-Sydney Marathon: a 16,000 km course across Europe, Asia, and Australia.

  • A 1-2 finish at Le Mans on Dunlop's 100th birthday.

  • Becomes the sole tire supplier to the British Grand Touring Championship.

  • Becomes an official technical partner of BMW Motorsport, supporting American Le Mans Series team BMW Rahal Letterman Racing.

  • Celebrates 125th anniversary with victory in the Nürburgring 24-hour race.


rick jung

dunlop direzza zii, 245/40R17

Rick Jung is no stranger to the world of Dunlop Racing. He is a veteran autocross driver that has won multiple Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) races on Dunlop Direzza tires. Rick races for Ciro Design Racing, a team that won first place on Dunlop Tires at the SCCA National Solo Championships in 2013.

"Dunlop's Direzza ZII generates consistent grip across the track temperature range-which is especially important in autocross events. From cool early morning heats through warm afternoon runs, they're a great track tire."


raymond blethen iv

dunlop direzza zii, 245/45R17

Raymond Blethen IV is an endurance racer for RST Performance Racing, a team that has been racing with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) on amateur and professional levels since 1984. In 2013, Raymond and his team completed the 12-hour endurance race "The Devil in the Dark" on Dunlop Direzza ZII tires.

"The Dunlop Direzza ZII is an excellent choice for endurance racing. It's very quick, consistent and predictable, and one set can last an entire 12-hour race."


bill caswell

dunlop direzza zii, 245/40R17

Bill Caswell is a self-taught racing driver and mechanic who rose to fame in 2010 when he competed in a World Rally Championship using a $500 BMW he purchased on Craigslist. Bill is a rally racer for Caswell Motorsport and has competed in several tarmac rallies on Dunlop Direzza tires, including the Empire State Performance Rally and Targa Newfoundland.

"The Dunlop Direzza ZII is an amazing tire. It inspires confidence and backs it up with performance."

Explore the world of Dunlop Racing

dunlop direzza zii

If you want to experience the superior performance of Dunlop's race tire technology for yourself, try the Dunlop Direzza ZII tires. Some of its features include:

  • Wide contact area helps deliver stronger grip on pavement
  • A harder topping compound helps to promote improved responsiveness
  • High, rigid shoulder grooves and blocks help with high stability during hard cornering