On the news I heard that new regulations are due in a couple of years, concerning tyres and the environment. It seems that many tyres these days are just "too noisy" (yeah, right) and quieter compounds will have to be developed in order to comply with new rules.
Wot a crock of nonsense. It strikes me this is an attempt to push up the price of tyres and therefore price the less well-off, off the roads.
For "quieter" read "softer" in other words, they'll be wearing out faster, and probably costing more. Far Eastern tyres (i.e. affordable for the likes of me) will no doubt not comply with the regulations. When companies have to develop new compounds to comply with the regs (and discontinue their existing ranges) huge price hikes are inevitable.
I only caught half of the story on the news, so I'm not sure if this is an EU directive or another one of Blair's babes brainstorms. Either way, I'd be interested to know how other alfa owners feel or any suggestions to get this nonsense binned.
On the subject of tyres, I was wondering: if front wheel drive cars tend to understeer, if I were to bung some sticky tyres on the front and some chinese jobbies on the rear of my GTV, would it be inclined to hang the back end out, rather than understering. I think i might prefer that...
Rev John h