While reading our website, you may have noticed that AlloyGator is the only wheel protection product on the market that is “industry certified”. So, we thought it would be helpful to tell you a little bit about the industry certification organizations, what they do, and why they are important.
TÜV is a technical inspection organization, founded in Germany in the 1800s, following the explosion of a boiler at a brewery operation in 1865. A group of engineers came together to offer their expertise to ensure safety in equipment design and manufacturing; as other products, such as automobiles and accessories came into common use, the organization added these to their mandate. Today they have over 20,000 employees and a presence in 800 locations.
AlloyGator’s founding partners contacted TÜV early on in their product development in 2009 – 2010. TÜV’s certification process involves several rigorous stages to test reliability and safety:
- Driving the tires at their maximum design speed up to 200km/h
- Testing at maximum braking deceleration
- Testing the product on various road surfaces, including wet conditions
TÜV concluded that none of the above scenarios caused the AlloyGator wheel protectors to shift position or affect tire pressure.
Having the above certification ensures the user that AlloyGator has met the objective, credible standards of a third-party global testing organization.
HORIBA MIRA TESTING & CERTIFICATION
MIRA (the Motor Industry Research Association), a testing company owned by HORIBA, is another global provider of engineering, research, and testing services, and does a great deal of work specifically in the automotive industry. MIRA has over 40 test facilities around the world.
Because MIRA does a great deal of testing in the automotive industry, they are able to run some unique tests as well:
- MIRA has tested AlloyGator’s product at Autobahn-simulation speeds up to 100 mph. In the tests conducted, the AlloyGators were run for 33 laps at up to this speed, and no loss of tire pressure or movement of the rim protectors was detected.
- MIRA was also able to conduct some cornering tests to see if the tires would roll off the rims. Again, no roll-off effect from the AlloyGators occurred, and no pressure loss occurred.
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