Bridgestone says it has supplied an anti-vibration rubber part for engine mount use in Toyota’s new Prius hybrid vehicle, which was launched in Japan in December last year and is slated for subsequent release in Europe and the US.

The tyre manufacturer says the rubber part absorbs engine vibration and also reduces oscillations through horizontal centrifugal force during cornering, which promotes vehicle stability.

The engine mount is a part which connects the power source for the vehicle with the vehicle frame. It supports the engine and absorbs vibration.

Front, rear, and vertical flexibility are necessary in order to absorb vibrations from the engine, as well as those caused by uneven road surfaces, acceleration and deceleration.

By laterally installing column-shaped rubber in the centre of the part, Bridgestone maintains it has succeeded in increasing front, rear, and vertical flexibility.