Falken Tire Corporation is a Japanese manufacturer of automobile tires. Originally created in 1983 as a brand for Ohtsu Tire and Rubber to sell their lineup of performance tires under the marque Falken became part of Sumitomo Rubber Industries (SRI) when they acquired Ohtsu in 2003. Currently, Falken is paired with fellow SRI brand Dunlop Tyres to form Dunlop Falken Tires Ltd, the parent group of Falken Tire Corporation.
Falken 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.
Falken Tire Corporation, based in Rancho Cucamonga, 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 has been chosen as original equipment supply for vehicle brands such as Subaru, Suzuki and Daihatsu.
Falken Tire Corporation participates in many motorsport activities which includes the American Le Mans Series ALMS, British Drift Championship, Formula Drift Series Formula D, ADAC 24 Hours of Nürburgring and International Drift Series. Current drivers for the ALMS GT Class are Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers, in which they co-pilot a Porsche 911 991 RSR. Current drivers for Formula Drift competition are Daijiro Yoshihara, Justin Pawlak, and Darren McNamara. Current drivers for British Drift Championship competition are Matt Carter, Paul Cheshire and Alan Green. Current 2010 drivers for International Drift Series are Remmo Niezen, Lars Verbraeken and Lennard Wanders.
Falken sponsors racing series such as ALMS and domestic championships like Super Taikyu series, 24 Hours Nürburgring and drifting series such as Formula D and D1 Grand Prix. Falken was previously the title sponsor of the British Drift Championship until 2010 when Maxxis Tyres became the title sponsor.
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