well that i dont beleive at all.
you might as well say the same about cars..some audi's are built alongside lamborgini, but are definatly not the same.
and most manufacturers share parts bins.
the difference between primium and budget id vast/huge, and it is most certanly not just down to a "name"
i track my subaru and budget tyres would see me off on the first apex.
and Toyo are not budget, they are a premium brand.
on motorcycles for example dunlop are laughable in all countries excepy USA, and avon are a premium brand, however in the car world Avon are a "budget" brand, michelin are regarded as superb but wear very quickly, but that is the price you pay for a good tyre.
a long wearing tyre will definatly not be a good performer (because the compound needs to be "soft")
the golden rule in motorsport is put on the best you can afford (this also applys to brakes)
everything else you can "budget" somewhat.
but you put on whatever tyres you want (as is your right), i will stick to "premium brands" no matter what.
and the only people who will argue this will have budget tyres on there car already.
ask yourself why alfa/porsche/lexus/merc et al choose these brands.........just for the name? i dont think so.
Re: performance marques fitting certain tyres as standard spec. That would have nothing to do with which company comes up with the best incentive to supply them with tyres/parts would it?? Again, Matt, who works for Conti, states quite clearly that motor manufacturers buy tyres from big dealers at a LOSS so that they are seen on their car, then giving the end purchaser the impression that these are the only ones that will do.
Again, I am not in any way slating your opinion, obviously you have built up your preferences from experience in actually driving and tracking, but..... other people seem to follow perceptions of quality rather than actual quality. Take Alfa Romeo for example, the majority of modern Alfas are as well built as most Audi/BMW etc.. But Joe Public is of the opinion that they all fall to pieces and will end up in a cloud of steam at the side of the road. Why? Because that is how the quality of the product is percieved due to press and advertising.
Hence the crowd following the Germanic route.
I have just ordered a set of Accelera tyres for the 18" wheels, £89 a corner as apposed to cheapest £129 a corner for a Mid range brand, Avon or Toyo. Will I feel a difference in the everyday driving that I do? Strongly doubt it. The research I have done says that they will be just fine thank you. Built to an industry standard, otherwise they wouldn't be allowed to sell them.
However, if I were to take up track days or a track car, would I fit these? Of course not. A totally different purpose and specification required.
Again its not about skimping on these things. Totally agree with you about brakes etc.. Would I fit Linlong brake discs/pads?? Course not.
But then thats the beauty and fall down of a free market! We all get a choice on where our hard earned goes.
If I was minted and didn't have to think about money, I would have a set of GY Eagle GSD3s on there in a shot. Best tyre I have ever had on a car. But I can't afford them, that doesn't mean the cheaper tyre is going to put my family or myself at any greater or less danger than the more expensive. Certainly not for everyday driving.
If, and it is a big if, I end up in a ditch with my no claims in tatters, I promise I will grovel and publish a full and frank apology to you!
Any chance of a photo of the Scooby? Bet that thing is fantastic with decent rubber on.....