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Tyre Pressures and Track Days – A Quick Guide

Tyre Pressures

Tyre Pressures

Tyre Pressures

Just a short article from Linkedin worth a look at.

Pressures are very important. Hence, the constant bombardment of information . Therefore coming out of the tyre trade and I am no exception. We see the effects of tyre pressures every day here in  my tyre business in Halifax Yorkshire, UK.

As we remove the tyres from customers cars, we can see the causes of incorrect  pressures. For this reason, the tyres wear out in different ways. The above illustration shows exactly the reasons that I am talking about.

The balance between over inflated tyres and under-inflated tyres is about the same. As expected, about 50/50. For this reason, we reckon that our customers are throwing good money away. Thus, by the fact of premature tyre wear. Hence, due to not checking their tyre pressures at regular intervals.

Of course,tyre pressures can have effects on driving experiences? What do I mean? Well, many of us will have driven an overloaded car, without knowing it. I have even seen this on motorways. Because the car or even a van is overloaded and the tyre pressures have not been increased . Therefore, the vehicle becomes unstable. The worst scenario can be that the vehicle will start to swerve or snake. Thus, before the driver brings it under control gain.

Tyre Pressures on vans

This is particularly common on caravans. As a result, the caravan can even turn over.Resulting in a nasty accident, i am sure that we have all witnessed this. Especially in the summer holiday period. Most of the time this is because the tyre pressures have not being checked prior to the journey.

Vav drivers should also be aware of the problem. Of course, you would think that most van drivers are professional people. But we can see by the wear on their tyres. Especially if they have not been checked for pressure.

Caravan Tyre Safety-More information Shared by the tyre safety organisation-Tyresafe.org

Caravan Tyre Safety

Caravan Tyre Safety

Why are tyres important? Tyres are the only part of the caravan which are in contact with the road surface. Safety in acceleration, braking, steering and cornering all rely on the tyres’ relatively small contact area with the road surface. In addition, tyres also play a fundamental role in […]

Caravan Tyre Safety

Michelin Race Expertise- joint venture with Nissan DeltaWing The Tyres

 

This film shows how French tyre manufacturer, Michelin Race Expertise, created bespoke tyres almost as radical as the Nissan DeltaWing itself for the innovative project. To see …

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Michelin Race Expertise
Michelin race tyres are not just good but they are also good looking with the Michelin logo built into the side wall.

This is a good and informative video about the cooperation between Michelin and Nissan to develop a new tyre for the Nissan Delta Wing race car in preparation for the Le Mans race series in France.

One of the things that I was surprised at was the super lightweight tyres that Michelin Race Expertise  developed, and the front tyres only having a width of 4 inch?wow.

if any tyre company can develop a new tyre then it would certainly be Michelin tyres. If they don’t have the expertise, then nobody does. Michelin have been involved in the motorsport scene aver since tyres began and in my opinion they are gearing themselves up to become dominant players in the top flight of motorsport racing throughout the world.

Michelin Race Expertise will be used to help them win the F1 race series tyre supplier, but not without a fight from Pirelli tyres, I assume?

Another recent article of mine shows how Michelin tyres are also going to bid for the prestigious Australian V8 Super championships. Once again it will be the  Michelin Race Expertise that will probably help then succeed in being the tyre supplier their in place of Dunlop tyre, who are suppliers until 2017.

Michelin tyres of course support the famous Le Mans motorsport events through all car classes including their links with Porsche motorsport. Michelin race expertise was the reason that car producers wanted Michelin to develop a new tyre for luxury car makers such as Porsche.

Eric Roberts

Well worth a look at?

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Porsche Winter Tyres-Improve performance and safety with Porsche winter wheels and tyres

Porsche Winter Tyres

Below 7°C the rubber compound in all summer tyres hardens, causing a drop in performance and an increase in braking distance by up to 12%.* As winter approaches, ensure that you and your Porsche experience the benefits of winter wheels and tyres: improved performance, greater safety and enhanced driving […]

Porsche Winter Tyres

Porsche Winter Tyres

I dont often a single out specific cars. However in my opinion the Porsche is very special. However, I still think that the Porsche owners should think about fitting a set of winter tyres.

By doing this they will be able to drive much safer and with more confidence, should a rapid snow fall occur. What many drivers do not know is that  below 7°C the rubber compound in all summer tyres hardens, causing a drop in performance and an increase in braking distance by up to 12%.

Hence, this is the first important point to think about. Winter tyres have an added ingredient . Accordingly, in the tread and the rest of the tyre compound. This extra ingredient, is “Silica”. As a result the tyres do not harden as the temperature falls below 7 degrees.

Modern winter tyres have also many extra sipes built into them. These sipes are the tiny slits in the tread and shoulder of the tyres. These slits make a good job of removing any wet or snow from the tyres. Winter tyres are therfore, much safer than summer tyres when driving your Porsche in winter time.

Dunlop Tyres racing team-Behind the scenes in the BTCC with Dunlop – TouringCarTimes

There are many jobs within a BTCC garage, be it general mechanic, technical director or driver, but one is often overlooked – the…

Dunlop Tyres racing team

This is a great article to read if you are a fan of motorsport, in particular the work that goes into the preparation of racing tyres, by the  Dunlop Tyres racing team ,before and during the race.

As the article states, the tyre guys are generally overlooked, but do a great and important task preparing cars as part of the  Dunlop tyres racing team.

Dunlop Tyres racing team
The giant Dunlop motorsport truck parked in Northern France on its way to LeMans racing circuit

The Dunlop tyres racing team turn up in their huge truck. The truck is equipped with a full stock of tyres that will be required for the specific race meeting. it also contains everything to set up a tyre fitting bay which when erected gives the  Dunlop tyres racing team, full access to tyre fitting machines and wheel balancing facilities.

The tyre are constantly changed and tested during a race. The tyre temperatures are recorded, because this is critical to grip and tyre performance.

Dunlop tyres racing team also have small tents that fit tyres in with a heater to pre-heat them up to the correct temperature. The heat aspect of the tyres is very critical for the overall tyre performance, and pressure of course.

regular travelers to Europe, especially France will have no doubt seen these giant Yellow trucks from the Dunlop tyres racing team, heading for different racing venues across Europe. The one in my image was taken by myself outside the Ibis hotel in Boulogne and heading for the weekends racing at the famous Le Mans racing circuit.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1243/DUNLOP

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Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips-Winter Driving Tips-Watch out for the cold snaps

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

It’s December first and the heavy frosts are beginning to set in as the evenings grow colder. Despite our mild Winter experience so far in 2016, rest assured these helpful tips from Bridgestone tyres will help keep you safe as the cold snaps hit. Managing Director of Bridgestone Robin […]

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

Bridgestone Winter Tyre Tips

These winter tyre tips come from Bridgestone tyres MD, no other than Robin Shaw.

Managing Director of Bridgestone Robin Shaw has recommend these simple tips to protect drivers over the Winter period. “Driving in winter conditions is something everyone must prepare for. It is not only about having the right tyres; the driver’s behaviour is also essential in these conditions as he or she needs to understand and adapt to different winter hazards.

I must admit that in my opinion all the hard work. Hence , from the tyre industry regarding winter tyres, is starting to pay off. Our winters here in the UK have become more severe and spasmodic. As a result, over the past twenty years or so.

Last year was extremely mild. For this reason, we only had a couple of frosty nights, here in Halifax, Yorkshire, UK. Other years have brought some heavy snow falls. Catching motorists out.

Therefore, a large majority of our car owners now prepare their cars for winter. Winter tyres have become very popular because of their contribution to safer driving in extreme weather  conditions. Especially, in hilly and mountainous regions of the country. Including here at the foot of the Pennine mountain range.

“It is therefore crucial to not only prepare our vehicles, but also ourselves when the weather gets cold.”