On Alfa number 15
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Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Re: 166 Tyres
I think it is possible to get good and bad tyres at all price levels.
Just becasue a tyre is expensive doesn't make it great and just because it is cheap doesn't make it crap.
For instance a Pirelli P6000 is Above average price but below average performance. A Toyo T1-R is up with the best IMO performance wise but is quite inexpensive.
Tyres are not all the same. Tyre tests by professional drivers show up massive differences in braking differences, and lap times on otherwise identical cars. A few feet extra on a stopping distance may not sound much but your life may depend on it.
One magazine I saw tested lots of tyres from Goodyear, Dunlop, Toyo, Wanli, Marangoni, Nokian, Kleber, Pirelli and Continental. The winner by quite a large margin in grip and lap times was the Hankook Ventus K105. (Not expensive) The looser was the Wanli and it took 17 meters further to stop from 60mph in the dry.
It doesnt matter if you are a fast driver or not. 60 mph is 60 mph and 17 meters extra is a lot...
You will never be cool driving a Vauxhall.
Last edited by symon; 09-03-07 at 16:11.