Michelin Porsche-A look at Michelin Involvement in Motorsport- Motorsport on Twitter

Michelin Porsche
Michelin on Porsche

17.17: pit stop car 19 after 36 laps in position 4. @NickTandyR in. Fuel and @michelin_sport tires @24hoursoflemans pic.twitter.com/O0iI5oJG19

Michelin  Porsche in Le Mans Race

As a result, I just scooped this because of the great image. Hence, of the Michelin Porsche race tyres. So, that were fitted to the eventual winners car.

Michelin have always manufactured great tyre products. Consequently, they are expected to make a bid for the F1 tyre contract. Of course, along side Pirelli. Currently supply F1 with race tyres.

This years Le mans 24 hour race was won by  Michelin Porsche tyres . They crossed the line with a car driven by German Formula One driver Nico Hulkenberg on the final stages.

Our own British race driver Nick Tandy and the New Zealander Earl Bamber joined him as the other winning drivers. Audi R18 e-tron quattro finished in second and third, respectively.

The winning car was fitted with the famous Michelin race tyres.

"Barely 15 months after its return to world class 
endurance racing, Porsche Team has returned to its former winning ways 
at Le Mans. Nico Hülkenberg (DE), Earl Bamber (NZ) and Nick Tandy (GB) 
steered their N°19 Michelin-equipped 919 Hybrid to an emphatic victory, 
while the N°17 sister car made it a one-two success for the German make.
 The result breaks Audi’s recent sequence of five wins but the 
Ingolstadt firm was part of the podium celebrations thanks to third 
place. There were class wins for Corvette/Michelin (LM GTE Pro), 
Ferrari/Michelin (Am) and KCMG (LM P2)".
  Courtesy of Michelin Motorsport... http://www.michelinmotorsport.com/ 

Michelin Porsche

Michelin tyres have made massive inroads into all kinds of motorsport in recent years. This includes motorcycle racing and everything else barring formula 1. There are rumours that Michelin may even be considering a move into making a bid for Formula 1 tyre franchise. This came after a statement from one of the top Michelin motorsport guys. He said though that changes would have to be made to the tyre compounds and the teams would have the freedom to choose their own tyres depending of the conditions of the particular circuit, before a bid could be made?

Eric Roberts

General Altimax Winter Tyres-A Preview of The AltiMAX Touring All-Season Tyre

General Altimax Winter Tyres

General Altimax Winter Tyres

There is little doubt in my mind. Hence, that the tyre buying public are becoming much more aware. Thus, of the safety qualities that winter tyres bring. Of course in winter time. Winter tyres are to me the complete article. However, many of our customers, go for the All-weather tyres.

The general Altimax, falls into this category of tyre. Therefore, I genuinely believe that this is still a better option than the regular summer tyres. The All-weather tyres certainly give the driver more protection and safer motoring in a climate such as we have in the UK.

General Altimax Winter Tyres

My advice would be to buy All-weather tyres, for all year round motoring. Of course, many of our tyre manufacturers make these excellent tyre products. In my opinion general are one of the best. The Altimax tyres are also classed in the mid-range tyre bracket.

Therefore, this means that the tyres will be cheaper than the main brands, but retain good quality. For this reason, we all know that drivers are the first people to try for a bargain and the General Altimax will be no exception.

General Altimax Winter Tyres

If you only want to choose one type of car tyre you are better off sticking to summer tyres. We do recommend changing to winter tyres when the temperature starts falling.
The main reason for this is that in other European countries, it is a legal requirement to change to winter, or cold weather tyres, for the winter season. Winter tyres are the one type of seasonal tyre that is easy to understand! All season tyres are actually a compromise between winter and summer tyres. If you only want to choose one type of car tyre you are better off sticking to summer tyres.

All season tyres are actually a compromise between winter and summer tyres. As with most compromises, they don’t match up to the performance of either summer or winter tyres. There are a few countries where motorists are permitted to have all season tyres fitted on their vehicles all year instead of having to change them twice a year.

In the UK, most cars on the road are fitted with ‘summer tyres’ all year. The main reason for this is that in other European countries, it is a legal requirement to change to winter, or cold weather tyres, for the winter season.

Winter tyres are the one type of seasonal tyre that is easy to understand! Even in the United Kingdom, the average temperature for most parts of the country will be low enough to warrant changing to winter tyres. As a nation, we do seem to be opening our minds to winter tyres, and realising that they are a good investment.

Eric Roberts

 

 

Subaru Forester XT-General Grabber Tyres- in Deep Snow (Grabber AT2) – from a Dash Cam Video

Subaru Forester XT-General Grabber Tyres

Subaru Forester XT-General Grabber Tyres

This excellent video shows the quality and endurance of this Subaru car in thick snow. Consequently, equipped with General Grabber AT2 tyres.

The AT2 tyres have been a popular choice for millions of drivers. Especially the drivers of SUV and 4X4 vehicles. Bridgestone 4X4 tyres are also popular, but General are the top of the pile.

The Forester, was fitted with 215/70R16 General Grabber AT2 tyres. of course the car had standard suspension, (not uprated). Thus this probably the reason for the car bottoming out a few times(this can be heard on the video).

The experiment with the tyres took place on a farm. Of course the filming took place with a video cam, over a few days in winter time. Snow had fallen to a depth between 3 inches and two feet. Thus , giving the car plenty to think about during the tyre test.

General Grabbers are also very popular, here halifax Yorkshire, in the Pennine mountain range foothills. All types of drivers, use the tyres, from farmers to families that live in the hilly areas. Therefore, they are well prepared for the snow that falls practically every winter.

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Snow ranging from 3″ to close to 2 foot. I have about 9.5″ of ground clearance and you can hear it bottom out several times in the video on hard snow. Some highlights from a few days out on the farm (Iowa) this Winter with the FXT. Using 215/70r16 (28.1″ diameter) General Grabber AT2 tires (stock suspension). I didn’t have a camera man this weekend to take video from outside the car so we’re stuck with the video from my DVR207 dash man which isn’t that great. The rattling you hear is actually the slightly loose mic inside the camera.

Dunlop Racing Tyres-Talking tyre technology an insight into racing car tyres at Le Mans | Autocar

Dunlop Racing Tyres

dunlop racing tyres

Racing around an 8.47-mile circuit for 24 hours places severe demands on the Dunlop racing tyres used by sports car teams. Here’s how they cope

Dunlop racing division. Will have just finished a busy weekend at the Le Mans 24 hour race meeting in France. The giant Dunlop race tyres trucks. Hence, will be making their way back to the UK . Naturally, to analyze all the data that has been collected during the weekends racing.

This information will be closely investigated and analyzed. Thus, to collate the data that they have collected. For that reason, this will be of great use when deciding which compounds and polymers are used.Thus, in the development of your every day passenger car tyres.

This is what sets the top tyre companies above the rest?

They have got years of knowledge and statistics to look back on when making crucial decisions. Consequently, when it comes to research and development on future tyre products.

Dunlop racing tyres have always had some or other involvement

In the top racing scene the world over. As a result , Would be drivers start out with Dunlop kart racing tyres. So then right up to Dunlop racing motorcycle tyres. Hence, including many of the large car racing events including the prestigious Le Mans 24 hour races.

The top five teams in the LMP2 category were fitted with Dunlop racing tyres in Le Mans. This gave the Dunlop racing tyres the top three spots on the finishing podium in the LMP2 class. The LMP2 stands “LE MANS” PROTOTYPE 2  and is indeed a racing car with no production minimum required.
it is a class of car that will be only available to teams that are independent of car manufacturers and/or engine suppliers.

The top three LMP2 race teams were Oreca, Gibson and Ligier; each team could choose from a different and new range of Dunlop race tyres, this meant that the teams could use different strategies.

Eric Roberts for www.pellontyres.co.uk

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Apollo Vredestein bring out New Quatrac all-season Tyre

Apollo Vredestein

apollo vredestein

Apollo Vredestein has introduced a Y speed fitment and also an SUV version to its Vredestein Quatrac 5 range.

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Vredestein always made an outstanding tyre product. Thus, even in the days before they were bought out by Apollo tyres.

This new Quatrac tyre. Therefore,  will be no exception to the rule. I have been fortunate enough to visit the factory in Holland. Where the Vredestein tyres are made. As a result, was very impressed by the cleanliness of the tyre making facilities. Cleanliness, helps to make a better tyre  product without any warranty problems.

Vredestein also made other high quality tyre products. Including, the vredestein ultrac sessanta. Hence, for the SUV and 4X4 tyres market. Consequently, has been proved to be very popular. Especially, amongst the drivers of this type of vehicle.

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Apollo vredestein

Vredestein quatrac 3 SUV tires were a very popular choice of all weather tyres and now have been replaced by the vredestein quatrac 5 tyre, a worthy predecessor.

Apollo vredestein have now become one tyre company with emerging products.

The Indian tyre makers made a very shrewd move when buying Vredestein. The Dutch tyre company are renowned for their  winter tyre range, with many award winners.

Apollo tyre India are growing into one of the worlds top ten of tyre manufacturers. From their base in India they have a presence in South Africa, Europe, UK and now i believe that they are ready to make a bid for the Chinese tyre company, BCT.

Apollo vredestein are now making great efforts to expand their tyres throughout the UK. In fact they now support the tyre dealer network Point-S. We also stock Apollo vredestein, here in Halifax Yorkshire UK.

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Dunlop Racing introduce new medium compound tyres for Oulton Park – TouringCarTimes

Dunlop Racing

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British Touring Car Championship tyre suppliers Dunlop Race will introduce a new compound medium tyre from this weekend’s round of the championship at Oulton…

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The new “Dunlop Sport Maxx ”

The new “Dunlop Sport Maxx BTCC Medium” compound tyre. Will replace the tyres that were used during the first two race weekends. As a result, at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. Hence, with the Thruxton races having its own special compound. So due to the fact that Thruxton is one  of the country’s fastest circuits.

There will be  changes to the soft compound tyre. Thus, which have helped produce some fantastic racing. Especially,  during the first two  meetings. Which with some car configurations. Therefore,  had been a huge drop-off in car performance after only a few laps.

dunlop race tyres
Dunlop race tyres have always been popular with events and drivers

The new CC Medium” compound  replaces the tyres. Hence, that were used during the first two race weekends.Consequently, at Brands Hatch and Donington Park. As a result, I have said with Thruxton having its own special compound because this is the country’s fastest circuit.

There has been no changes to the soft compound tyre, which in the past had helped create some dynamic races during the first two race meetings.

Dunlop racing can be seen at most race tracks throughout the world.

From small local rallies and race events to the more prestigious World events, such as the Le Mans series of races.

Along with Goodyear tyres we have always followed and supported the Dunlop racing events and have attended some great race meetings that were sponsored by Dunlop racing. As most people know the great two tyre companies formed a new company, Goodyear Dunlop tyres uk ltd.

At the moment both these companies run their racing sections separately with  dunlop racing tyres more prevalent in Europe and Goodyear in America.

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Budget SUV tyres had ‘no chance’ in premium comparison – Continental – Tyrepress.com

Budget SUV tyres

Budget SUV tyres

German tyre maker Continental has shared its view on the comparative test of ten budget SUV tyres conducted by Auto Bild Allrad magazine. The tyre maker sees the test – which used its ContiCrossC…

This is the result that i would have expected?

The know how that the giant tyre companies. Have gained, over the years. Therefore, cannot be made up by relatively new players. Thus,  in the tyre manufacturing game.

The knowledge that Continental tyres have acquired. In their many years. hence,  of motorsport participation.  Has gelled the expertise and research and development. Thus, to make an excellent product. Therefore, that the car manufacturers love to fit on their new models.

Budget tyre brands have a long, long way to go, and are in my opinion never going to catch the major tyre companies up. One of the problems with these tyre comparisons, is that we have a problem with some of our drivers, not having the ability to pay the premium cost of these tyres. We would all like expensive clothing, but the biggest clothes retailer at the moment is Primark?

To me this sums up my point of view? Many of my customers here in Halifax Yorkshire, would love to able to afford Continental tyres or Michelin tyres, but they just cannot afford them.

We have to offer them a complete choice of brands including budget SUV tyres.

It is the drivers of the second hand SUV’s that are also suffering from lack of finances. These people usually have a young family and buy an SUV for the extra space that they offer.

Most of these SUV’s are on very large tyre sizes and so are also expensive to buy. This is why the budget SUV tyres are very popular at the moment, they are affordable.

However if you can afford to buy Continental tyres then you are buying a better product than  budget SUV tyres, but any new tyre is miles better than the dreaded part worn?

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Waste tyre disposal site -Controversy over plans- Bradford Telegraph and Argus

Waste tyre disposal site

Waste tyre disposal site

PLANS for a waste tyre disposal site in a Bradford neighborhood have been branded a fire risk by a worried resident.

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In my opinion the residents have a right to be worried. A recent fire in near by Halifax, took two weeks to get under control, sending out thick black toxic smoke.

These Waste tyre disposal site facilities

Therefore, should be miles away in secluded places. We have thousands of such areas. Especially,  in the dis-used coal mining areas. Waste tyre disposal has always been a huge problem. Thus, for the industry. In days gone by many of our old tyre casings were indeed remoulded. Consequently, tyre collection companies. Would pay us £1 a tyre to get their hands on them, especially the Michelin casings.

Michelin casings were and still are regarded as the best. As a result,  and so were much sought after for remoulding. However, things changed when we started to import from China. Cheap car tyres for sale. As a result, are a common site in tyre adverts. This diminished the remould car tyres industry virtually overnight.

Many well known names closed down. This left the problem of what do we do with our waste tyres? . Therefore, new laws were introduced. Millions of these waste tyres were just dumped in the country side and it became clear that heavy penalties were to be dished out to anybody who was caught tyre dumping.

 Waste tyre disposal site- A new scam business soon emerged. Unscrupulous people were

Waste tyre disposal site
Tyre were often dumped in the countryside and now most old tyres will end up in a Waste tyre disposal site

calling in at tyre retailers and charging £1 to get rid of the old tyres for us. Companies who set up legal tyre collection businesses had to be registered by law.

This cut out much of the tyre dumping and this started to improve in the ways that waste tyres were recycled. The industry now believes that we now recycle many of our old scrap tyres in a green and environmental friendly way in a waste tyre disposal site .

I am not sure though that having a waste tyre pyrolysis plant in a city like Bradford is a good idea. These facilities often catch fire and can take weeks to extinguish, only time will tell?

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/business-illegally-stock-piled-45000-tyres-daily-echo/

Continental Tyres Cup tickets-Win! St George’s Park experience and FA WSL | FourFourTwo

Continental Tyres Cup tickets

continental tyres cup tickets

Ever fancied going to St George’s Park, the FA’s National Football Centre? What about the FA WSL Continental Tyres Cup?

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Another great competition for  Continental tyres cup tickets to visit the England Ladies training camp.

For a chance to win click the following link…http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2173564/FFTO-Win-a-St-George-s-Park-experience-plus-FA-WSL-tickets

Continental tyres. Thus, are now big backers of the women’s football scene. Consequently,  they are in their third season of sponsorship. Thus, of The FA WSL . Of course, have in recent times made a  four year agreement from 2014-2018. This is to partner the women’s game. Which also reaches out to prestigious   England Women’s Team. Hence, they also support the  FA Women’s Cup. naturally, as well as the newly extended  FA WSL and The FA WSL Continental Cup.  In addition, Continental will continue to support The FA Girls Football Festivals; a national programme to increase participation at grassroots level.

Here in the Yorkshire area Continental tyres have supported the female game at a lower level including supplying new balls and training equipment. Mrs Debbie Bastow of Pellon Tyres in Halifax,Yorkshire recently received some great football equipment from Continental tyres for the team that she runs, Tingley ladies Football team.

Continental tyre cup tickets to see one of the England women’s games will be on offer by entering through the link above .

I have already watched some of the games. As expected, i am impressed at the high level of standards in the female game.

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Continental supporting local female football.

Continental will also form a small group of sponsors. Thus, who will enjoy access to all levels of the game from high profile awareness via perimeter boards and elite players, through to exclusive activity at grass roots level in the local communities, such as there backing at pellon Tyres for the Tingley ladies team. Will run along side the Continental tyres latest Hotel stay deal that is on from June to the end of September 2015.

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/continental-tyres-hotel-promotion-pellon-tyres/

Pirelli Tyre Change A great image showing the tyre change speed- with Toro Rosso

Pirelli Tyre Change

peirelli tyre change

Carlos comes in for pit-stop & switches to @pirellisport Soft tyres. Max hasn’t pitted yet, currently P10 #CanadianGP pic.twitter.com/gi0ZuY4ZgQ

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Wow I love pictures like this? A High speed Pirelli Tyre Change

The speed in which the guys in F1 racing change over the wheels and tyres on a pit stop is nothing more than incredible. Although I have never attended an F1 change over, the closest i have is on a F3 visit to Snetterton in Norfolk.

This was an invitation courtesy of Yokohama tyres. They were supporting the touring car championship. Also there were Avon tyres. Avon were supporting the F3 racing. This type of racing is very close to what you would see in the F1 pits. I was amazed at the systems that were in place for a quick tyre change over and the speed in which they did it.

All action, it reminds a little bit about my days at Goodyear when I volunteered to fit tyres to rally cars for Goodyear in the late seventies. Thing were not as quick as the F3 or F1 wheel and Pirelli tyre change, because time was not as important.

pirelli tyre change
A scene like this reminds me of my Goodyear rally experience

We would change the whole wheels from built up wheels the same as all the other race teams have to do. The difference was that the rally cars had four or five wheel nuts to change. This was similar to the standard car wheels that we all drive about in.

Pirelli Tyre Change

pirelli tyres uk were also involved in rallying at that time. We were owned by Goodyear tyres and so all the tyres that were fitted were Goodyear rally tyre products. When the rally cars came into the parking pits, we had to change the already built up wheels.

We would then attend to the tyres that were removed by either repairing them or fitting new tyres. All this was done at speed , but not as fast as the F1 teams? I remember it was very hard work, and the weather was horrendous, including a blizzard and torrential rain.

In the end though it was good fun and a pleasure to be part of a team, and later on in life brought back great memories.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/blog/dunlop-rally-tyres/

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