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All Michelin Tyres Stuff

All Michelin Tyres Stuff

Vehicle tyres, were originally made to provide the vehicle with traction that could go anywhere. They were developed to give the 4X4 driver excellent durability whilst also giving good wear and traction in any weather that the vehicle could come up across, including heavy snow falls.
Most tyres, were technically designed with the help of racing tyres and were derived from a “cut-chip and tear-resistant tread compound”. This would give the tyres tread exceptional grip and wear resistance when driving on roads that would normally tear tyres to shreds, such as gravel roads.

Winter tyres versus Summer tyres – Michelin – YouTube


We take you on a journey of discovery to understand the difference between winter tyres versus summer tyres in all road usage conditions. Find the right summer or win…


Another great Michelin video.

We are the half way stage of winter here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. I must admit that as the owner of a successful tyre business, I still feel the need to write about the important of winter tyres versus summer tyres, as the beginning of winter approaches in November.
I am not the only one in fact there are thousands of safety conscious tyre manufacturers and tyre retailers who like me try to get the driving public to fit winter tyres versus summer tyres as the winter approaches.
In general I am pleased with the response of the public over the past five winters, there has been a growing trend to fit winter tyres, by the public, as they realise how much safer they are when coping with the winter weather, including the growing amount of snow that we are having these days.

winter tyres versus summer tyres
The sipes in this winter tyre are easy to see

In the old days we would only ever see the rich customers, who were going to drive to Europe, probably skiing. These drivers would have to fit winter tyres versus summer tyres because it was the law in countries like Austria and Switzerland, where the ski resorts were located. The tyres then were just summer tyres with a heavy tread pattern, making them noisy on tarmac roads, but effective in the snow.
I must admit that we were all excited when a customer ordered some snow tyres, as it was a change from our normal routine of fitting the same old tyres to the same old cars. Older tyre depot owners will recollect this and know what I mean?
As time went on more and more European countries would have to fit winter tyres by law and so the tyre manufacturers had to come up with a better winter tyre product. Cars were getting faster and more comfortable to drive and so different materials were used in the tyres compound to make them more flexible in cold weather.

Winter versus summer tyres-Silica introduced

The introduction of silica into the tyres compound helped to solve this problem. Also the tyre companies had to come up with ways to dissipate the water and slush that clogged up the tread which had previously been done by fitting a heavy tread with big lugs, for grip. The big lugs were affective but would build up road noise at speed.
Tyre companies started to experiment by using more  tinier slits, that were previously used, which would open up and release trapped snow and water, enabling the tyre to grip on the surface, they allowed a bigger surface area to give the tyre better grip and traction. These are known as “sipes”, I talk all the time about sipes but they were an important evolution in the development of the modern winter tyre.
These two combinations the silica and the addition of a much effective tread pattern were the key ingredients that help develop the modern winter tyre versus summer tyres. These tyres are now also available in all sizes to fit all cars including SUV and Crossover cars.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Winter tyres Tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant selects Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres

Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant

Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-TransplantNHS Blood and Transplant has adopted Michelin CrossClimate + tyres for its 45 Ford Focus Estate rapid response vehicles.

Michelin CrossClimate NHS Blood-Transplant

An article from the “Fleet news” about the choice of the Michelin CrossClimate + tyres  for the NHS blood and transplant vehicles. For this reason, these cars are always seen going flat out with their valuable cargo from one hospital to another.

To me it is a non-brainer. Hence, to fit the safest all round tyre. Thus, for the purpose of emergency delivering at a high speed. Therefore, it does not stand thinking about. These vehicles should have the best tyres available for the job.

Well worth a look at if you are thinking of a new set of tyres. Michelin have come up with a great  and safer tyre product.

Eric Roberts

Source: NHS Blood and Transplant selects Michelin CrossClimate+ tyres

Self-Seal System-Michelin and Continental Say Goodbye To Punctures – Tyre Blog (blog)


Michelin will be rolling out its puncture-resistant Self-seal tyres around the world starting 2015.


It is not just the inconvenience of having a puncture, but the dangerous situation you can find yourself in when running over a screw at say 70mph?

The Michelin self-seal will repair itself instantly and get you out of trouble. It cant however help you if you have a sidewall problem, in that scenario the tyre will deflate like any other tyre would, but it is a step in the right direction, but is not as safe as a run flat tyre.

Continental tyres and Michelin tyres launch a new type of self-seal tyre
Both these giant tyre companies have up with a similar type of product that will give the motorist some kind of protection against their tyre deflating, when the tyre picks up a screw or nail in the tread area of the tyre.
Both companies use a type of soft compound that is located inside the tyre below the tread area and resembles a thick layer tar? The tar looking substance is very sticky and as I have said covers the inside of the tread area and stretches from shoulder to shoulder.
The compound protect against penetrating nails and other Sharpe objects that are up to 5 mm in diameter, but only in the tread area. When a nail goes into the tyre it seals instantly and eliminates the need to stop and change the wheel or even having a tyre repair done at all. This will be bad news to the larger tyre repair companies such as Rema Tip-Top, who have spent years developing different tyre repair materials that we use for repairing punctures with.
Even when there is just a hole in the tread, say if a nail goes in and comes back pot, then the repair material will still seal the hole almost instantaneously, the tyre will not require another repair and can be used without requiring a roadside spare wheel change.
Self-sealing tyre reduces the risk of a flat tyreself-seal
These tyres do have their limitations and drivers are still advised to check their tyres at regular intervals for cuts and lumps and bumps, remember the tyre seal does not protect you against any sidewall problems, but only the tread area. They are also not a run-flat tyre and must not be run on if the tyre loses any pressure at all.

Michelin tyres self-seal system is pretty much the same.

The special compound, that sits inside the tread of the tyre and seals nails and screws that penetrate the tread area. Once the hole is sealed Instamatic by the sealing compound then the tyre is deemed to be repaired and as long as no pressure is lost the tyre can be continued running on as a normal tyre.
Michelin say that the self-seal tyres will be used this year (2015) on some VW models and that there is no reason why the system cannot be used on any of its tyre range, without any compromise to tyres performance abilities.
It is important though to remember the self-seal tyres are not the same as run-flat tyres and for the sake of repeating myself they should be checked by a professional if they lose any pressure.
In my opinion for what its worth, I think it only confuses things from a practical point of view? When we have to repair a self-seal tyre, then we have to buff of the area where the repair is required, (a very messy job) before carrying out the repair. Once the tyre is repaired then it can be no longer classed as a self-seal. In fact we have come to a conclusion that like the run-flat tyres the self-seal is not worth repairing and we offer the customer a new replacement tyre.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Self-Seal Tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

Michelin tyres compared to Budget brand tyres Ben Collins’ tyre tests – Telegraph

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Ben Collins – the racing driver once known as The Stig – puts Michelin tyres premium and budget tyres to the test to see if price can impact performance


A much watch video that really tells you about the tyres that you are buying. Michelin tyres versus a budget brand

Michelin tyres-You pay for what you get?

While I feel it important to compare consumer brands, I think that you are normally looking at a cheap product compared to an expensive product and all the things that slot in between the various things. It is saying why Primark clothes are cheaper than say Marks and Spencer cloths. There are hundreds of differentials you could look at, but at the end of the day they are after all only clothes and you pay your money and take your choice.
It is the same for millions of other products that we buy, at the end of the day we are not really comparing like for like, after all a coat is a coat and a handbag is a handbag. You can only compare like for like products that are the same make and the same quality. It makes sense then that am Michelin premium tyre should be of much better quality than a cheap budget brand of tyre, after all its not rocket science.

Michelin tyres have over a century of expertise

Like all the top tyre brands, these companies have put billions of hours of time and money into research and development, until we have reached the very high standard of today’s tyres. These products have reached higher and higher standard over the years to give the high performing car tyres that we can fit onto our cars and enjoy today.

The excellent new Michelin Premier AS All-Season tyre

The budget tyre companies that arrive on our shores from places like China are in a completely different class, to the top tyre companies. Please don’t get me wrong I think that there is a call and a place for budget tyre brands, indeed at the moment the cheap new tyre is out selling the premium tyre products, (at least in my area of Halifax in Yorkshire UK).
The thing that I am not sure about is when videos are made comparing these products. I think it would be much fairer to compare the budget tyre brands against each other and the premium tyre brands against each other say Michelin versus Goodyear or Pirelli. I think that we all know that a Michelin tyre will stop at a much shorter distance than a budget tyre?
What about the other things that should be thrown into the equation? For example would the results have been the same if the test had been carried out on a Ford Fiesta or a Vauxhall Corsa? I do not think so. They always seem to use a top of the range model, with all the mod cons, to test these tyres, when it is obvious that the Michelin tyres are going to outperform some budget brand from some far eastern country.
Another factor is the Price? It does not take much time now to compare tyre prices on the internet and you can clearly see that Michelin tyres will cost £30 to £40 more than for the same size tyre in a budget brand. Does this money pay for the extra 10 yards braking distance, I don’t know? I only know that the consumer has the choice, whatever he or she is going to buy including tyres for their car.
We can all make the choice when we now buy a tyre, because all the tyres now have a label system which will tell them just how good their tyre is before they buy it. If things like mileage or braking distance are important to them they can choose to buy one of the

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Michelin racing research and development have made them one of the top tyre companies in the world

premium brands, but if it is just a tyre that they need, because they are restricted to a certain financial budget, then it would be a budget or mid-range tyre that they would go for.
We know that these tests are carried out in good faith, but they are really just adverts for tyre company concerned, the tyre information is clearly shown on the tyre label before the tyre is purchased, you pay your money and take your choice.
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.


All-weather Michelin tyres to be used by Formula E – Official FIA Formula E Championship

All-weather Michelin tyres

All-weather Michelin tyres

First major single-seater series to use treaded tyres for both wet and dry

All-weather Michelin tyres


Only Michelin tyres could make a tyre look so sexy?

Michelin tyres are to be the new sponsors of the new 2015 Formula E motor racing season. The new sport is now in its second season and is growing in popularity.

The E stands for electric cars. Hence, will be the first ever electric car racing event. As a result, that will be controlled by the FIA.
For the first season there will be a total of ten teams.Each team will have two drivers and a total of 40 cars will be used.

The cars will race against each other. In a straight head to head race. The cars will compete in cities . Including , Miami in the USA, Beijing in China and London here in the UK.Thus, a total of ten cities will be used throughout the world.
These events are expected to speed up the research and development. Consequently, that will go into the normal all electric vehicles. Also try to increase the interest levels. Moreover, by showing what an electric car can actually achieve. The technical specifications.  Will set out by the FIA.  Allowing the teams to develop their own electrical innovations and ideas. Hence, in the

All-weather Michelin tyres
Michelin tyres fitted to a formula E tyre

development of the different batteries. That may be developed.
The E cars will be much less noisy than their F1 counterparts. So will be able to reach speeds of up to 140 mph.

All-weather Michelin tyres

The day’s events will kick off with a free practice session. Then later in the morning there will be a qualifying lap. Calculating the times from each driver using cars one and two. There will then be a break to enable the batteries to be charged and then the racing will begin in the evening, with two events and one pit stop, which will in fact be a change of car, from a charged up car to a charged up car. The races should be about 45 minutes long in duration.
The 2014/2015 season is now under way with the last round at Buenos Aires ending with a win for Antonio Feix Da Costa, his first win in the all-electric car and on Michelin tyres.

Michelin tyres are excited about this new revolutionary form of motorsport and will be using their Michelin Pilot Sport EV tyre for all the events on the 2015 calendar

. Malcolm Scovell, commercial director for Michelin in the UK and Ireland, said… “Formula E is a really exciting partnership for us and it fits perfectly with our track-to-street ethos and our commitment to sustainability. The 18-inch tyres mean that the things we learn from Formula E will directly influence the development of our tyres for normal electric and performance cars”.michelin tyres
“In addition, there are no slicks and wets, so the Pilot Sport EVs will have to perform in a wide range of conditions – just as the tyres on our own cars have to. Michelin uses motor sport as an innovation accelerator, and Formula E is already delivering on that front.”

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles.

Michelin Tweels-airless tyres could will mean the end of punctures –

Michelin Tweels-airless tyres

Michelin Tweels-airless tyres

Michelin Tweels combine the tyre and the wheel into one unit that can’t get a puncture

This is no doubt a great idea from Michelin and will be a great application on such things as plant items and grass mowers, but i am not sure about long term plans to use them on cars. Would they eventually do away with the regular car tyre (if there is such a thing)? i do not think so.

Like all the new car technologies that are coming on to the market i think that they will just be a part of the big mix.

Michelin Tweels are a really good breakthrough

Ever since I have worked in the tyre industry. I wondered if the normal every day tyres. Would be replaced by some new invention.
Furthermore, I also worked for a few years. On the plant and heavy earthmover part of the tyre business. Specifically, these were the massive tyres that we see working in the huge quarries.  Also, on industrial sites around Britain.
When one of these giant trucks and earthmoving machines.Were stopped by tyre problems. It would cost the companies thousands of pounds in down time.


These companies kept spares on site. As a result it was inevitable  that our tyre company. Would have to come out and attend to the tyre problem.
The most common problem though came from the smaller plant items. Such as dumper trucks and JCB machines. When these things had to stop for tyre damage, then it could mean big problems, because it could have held the whole operation, such as laying tarmac, which is crucial to timing due to the fact that the tarmac had to be laid while It was still hot.
We really had to be on the ball, when attending tyre problems, because time really did mean money.

Michelin Tweels similar to the fork truck tyres

Some machines back then were coming out on a solid metal wheel with a rubber band attached to it; we used to call them solids. A whole new industry grew up, replacing the pneumatic tyres with what we then and now call solids.
Once again the fork trucks were very important in the industrial world, and down time due to tyre problems could cost hundreds of pounds a time. Slowly but surely the fork truck pneumatic (air filled) were replaced by solids. The solids would gradually wear their rubber ring out but it took a long time to do this and in the mean time they never got any punctures.

One of the big manufacturers of these special wheels was a company from Canada called “Bearcat”. They were a very aggressive company and took over most of the fork truck work in the ICI Chemicals works in Huddersfield, but they did send the business in my direction, and times were good.
I often thought that it would be good to be able to create a product similar to the solid wheels for the larger plant items, which would stop then having tom have so many tyre repairs and the down time that went with it.

Michelin Tweels have plugged the gap

This is where the Michelin Tweels came in to the equation. Michelin Tweels have a moulded-treat rubber band like conventional tyres mounted on a metal hub in the centre, very similar to the fork truck wheels, but of a much lighter alloy based metal. The big difference comes between the tread and the metal hub are flexible spokes which can flex and deform under -weight and pressure.
This is the big difference, the flexibility allows the vehicle to ride over rough terrain, very similar to the Mars lander tyres set up. This means that they are perfect for small and medium plant machines, the type that cause much trouble with punctured tyres.

Michelin are now going to build a $50 million plant to build these tweels. They will be made for agricultural vehicles as well as machines that work on construction sites and land fill sites where puncture repairs have previously been a common problem.
Michelin have been working on the Tweel from 2005 and they were originally thought to be developed for the car industry, but it soon became clear to the giant French tyre company that this invention had other great potentials,
Hats off to Michelin Tweels
Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts.


Michelin Premier A-S All-Season Tyre

Michelin Premier A-S uses new materials

Like many other major tyre companies, Michelin have being experimenting with different materials to use in the tyres compound. This is to try and reduce the amount of petro-chemicals that are used in the manufacture of tyres. Michelin have used a combination of sunflower oil and silica.
The silica is used by most tyre companies, especially in the winter tyre ranges. The silica helps the tyre in wet weather by providing more strength and stability to the tyres

The excellent new Michelin Premier AS All-Season tyre

performance, whist the sunflower oil helps the tyre perform well in lower temperature, a mix that goes well in an all-season tyre, helping it to perform in both summer and winter, hence the name all-season.
Most tyres have incorporated sipes and grooves into the tyres tread, this dissipates the water from the tyre in inclement weather. As the tyre wears with use these grooves start to disappear in many makes of tyres, in fact some tyres in particularly Continental, look like racing slick with 3mm of tread left and would be useless in the wet. The new Michelin however has grooves that are spread around the outside of the tread, which become wider as the tyre tread wears out, this means that the tyre will maintain its grip as the tyre wears down and dissipate the water, where normally the opposite happens ,the tyre loses grip when it wears down.
As the tyre wears more grooves that have been placed deeper in the tread will start to appear, in fact there are about 150 extra hidden grooves placed in the central area of the tyre, only showing when the tyre wears down, this also gives extra grip in wet weather. When the tyre increase its mileage the tyre gives a more stable traction on the road surface.

The Michelin Premier A/S will replace the MXV4 All season tyre.

All the new developments in this Michelin Premier tyre are known collectively as Ever-Grip technology and it is said that Michelin have been working on the Ever Grip system for many years. The new tyre has been tested against its predecessor and other makes. The disappointing aspect of the new tyre was the performance in “dry braking”. This was measured as only average when compared to other makes of tyres and actually worse that the MXV4. When a worn tyre was tested the dry stopping distance was even worse, about 10 foot different.
The new Michelin shone out in a wet weather test when water was added to the test track. The new tyre stopped almost exactly the same in wet as it did in dry weather both with a new tread and a worn tread.
The tests showed that the Premier was miles ahead of its predecessor the MXV4 all–season. The Premier A/S delivered a safe, predictable stopping performance on dry and wet roads and is largely immune to the effects of tread loss, the tyre performs almost perfectly with a good tread and when the tyre is nearing the end of its treads life.

Michelin premier cross section

The new tyres rolling resistance was found to be very good, making it a good tyre when it comes to fuel economy. The tyre also performed well when handling on ice and snow and also did well for hydroplaning resistance. The new technology has proved very successful for Michelin and is expected to be used in future tyre developments and new products. This new tyre will be available from Pellon Autocentre in the Halifax area of Yorkshire UK.

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell tyres online from our website by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.



Michelin 4X4 CrossClimate- now available for 4×4 and SUV : Tyrepress

Michelin 4X4 CrossClimate

Michelin 4X4 CrossClimateMichelin’s popular – some would even say trend-setting – CrossClimate tyre is now available to a wide range of SUVs and 4x4s.The Michelin CrossClimate was the world’s first summer tyre to achie…

Michelin 4X4 CrossClimate

There is no doubt that the Michelin CrossClimate has been a winner for the famous French tyre maker. This tyre has been a triumph. Hence, a summer tyre suitable for winter use.

This new range will definitely be of benefit to drivers of SUV’s and 4X4’s. As a result, we have had complaints in the past. Hence, about their vehicle not handling very well in wet and winter weather.

In my opinion the CrossClimate will be of benefit to this range of vehicles. For the purpose of better handling.

Source: Michelin CrossClimate now available for 4×4 and SUV : Tyrepress

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres-2016 Ford Focus RS fitted with Michelin tyres

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres


Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres

Ford’s new Focus RS models will be equipped with Michelin Pilot Super Sport and Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres, depending on customer requirements.

Unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September 201……

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. Of course, are one of the great French tyre companies best products. One of our customers with a sporting edge to his driving. Consequently, always  fitted Michelin tyres to his Porsche vehicle. Which have been Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. Hence , for the high performance.

In his favour. He has always been a big fan of  Michelin tyre products. As expected, he said that have never been let down by Michelin products and would always recommend them.

The guys name is Richard. he even travels to Germany to test his skills at the Nürburgring  race circuit, using his Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres. He also uses other Michelin tyre products including Michelin Alpin winter tyres.

Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres

Richard always gives us some feedback. Especially, about the performance of his car and tyres. Thus, in order that we may pass relevant information to our other customers. So, who may be looking for advice. On his return from Germany.He said that, “the Cup 2 tyres are on another level in the wet, in the dry I personally found regulating the pressures was more demanding than the Cup 1 tyres and also felt them go off quicker”.

Richard loves the power and the handling. Of these great German cars. hence, making the  Porsche one of the most iconic Sports Cars manufacturers. In the World.
He loves testing out his metallic grey 911 Turbo which is the main vehicle of choice in the majority of the Porsche Driving Experiences.

The 911 fitted with the Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 Tyres, is known for its outstanding handling with all that power delivered from its rear mounted engine through those big fat rear wheels and tyres.

These tyres will be fitted as original equipment onto some of the new Ford Focus RS high performance models of cars.

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Michelin Worldwide Campaign-Super Bowl launch for Michelin global campaign

Michelin Worldwide Campaign

Michelin Worldwide CampaignA premium-price timeslot during yesterday’s Super Bowl marked “an important change” in Michelin’s marketing strategy. The 30-second advertisement – the first Michelin advertising appearance during …

Michelin Worldwide Campaign

I must confess, I am not a fan of the “American Superbowl” series. However, I am a sports fan and did see some of the highlights. I did however notice the Great Michelin tyres advert during the proceedings.

What I did not know, is that this was the start of a Global advertising campaign from Michelin tyres. I am thinking that it could start a war of giants. Hence, the other big tyre companies wont stand still.

Companies the like of Continental tyres, Bridgestone tyres and Pirelli tyres will all want to compete. This and rising tyre prices, should make 2017 an interesting year?

Eric Roberts

Source: Super Bowl launch for Michelin global campaign