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Pirelli tyre failure- Blamed on an external cut – SBS

Pirelli tyre failure

“We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” said Pirelli motorsport head Paul Hembery. “This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues.

 

Pirelli tyre failure caused by a cut?

The picture of the tyre in the image shows the Pirelli tyre failure in question. The tyre had a blowout on the F1 car of Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg and as any tyre blowout the experience was not a very nice one to say the least.

Tyre blowouts on regular cars can lead to horrific circumstances, especially at high speed. This one of the reasons that “run flat tyres” was developed. This type of tyre is able to withstand a blowout, because it has been developed with stronger side walls and is able to stand a sudden loss in tyre pressure.

Pirelli have examined the Pirelli tyre failure in question and have come to the conclusion that the damage and subsequent blowout were caused by an external cut.

Head of Pirelli motorsport, Paul Hembery said… “We have conducted a thorough investigation to find out exactly what happened with Nico’s tyre,” and that…”This investigation now excludes any structural integrity issues. Based on the information and data available an external source of damage is the conclusion made.”

As the owner of a tyre shop for many years, we often come up with such problems on the regular car tyres of our customers and there

Pirelli tyre failure
This caravan tyre was due to a screw causing the tyres casing to separate. But the damage makes it difficult to diagnose.

can be several reasons for this sort of problem. The difficulty comes when the tyre is completely shredded. This is due to a blowout at high speed, the same as Nico Rosberg has suffered. He described the incident as “heart stopping “as he approached part of the race track known as “Blanchimont” at Spa at high speed, full throttle.

When this happens you really need to hold your nerve and control the car the best that you can. This is something that you can’t really practise and hope that it never happens to you.

In my opinion the tyre on the image looks like some sort of construction breakdown, there is a clear wear area, similar to brake lock situation where the tyre tread is scrubbed away in the spot when the brakes locked. This is common on boy racer cars. The tyre then eventually breaks down completely often blowing out in the damaged spot.

Having not seen the tyre on the F1 car, then we have to leave it to the experts, in this case Pirelli tyres.

Eric Roberts

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Goodyear-Dunlop Closure-1200 sign petition opposing closure of Goodyear plant in Wolverhampton – Birmingham Post

Goodyear-Dunlop Closure

Signatories from as far afield as the US, Nigeria and Mexico have added their names to a protest against proposals which would see 330 jobs axed

Goodyear-Dunlop Closure petition

This is what we should be doing more of?

We should be protesting about these closures and not just laying down. it probably will close in the end but at least the workers will have had a go at trying to change the companies mind.

What about people?

This is thing that i really resent. As the owner of a tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire,UK, my main concern has always been my staffs well being. The large corporate companies just tread all over their staff, without any concern about their welfare, they just move for profits.

I appreciate that not all big companies are the same, but the tyre industry has its fair share of bad ones.

The Goodyear-Dunlop closure will be no different. In my lifetime in the tyre industry, both these huge tyre giants have slowly pulled out of their manufacturing base in the Birmingham area of the UK. In my opinion what they do not seem to realise is that it knocks the stuffing out of people and communities, and would have ruined many a life in the past closures.

We never learn how much money these companies actually save in the end, but in my opinion the Goodyear-Dunlop closure will only accelerate the slow demise of these one time great tyre companies. I believe that in the not too distant future companies from outside the UK will move here, when they realise that we are a centuries old economy with great skills and man power to be used. It only needs incentives from our government to help this to happen and goodbye to Goodyear and Dunlop.

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Winter Tyres Tested- Wet conditions can be a hazard winter tyres are tested on water-in the wet video feature

Winter Tyres Tested

Winter Tyres Tested

In my opinion this type of test is often overlooked. So, not only are winter tyres good in the snow and ice ? but drivers are much safer in water logged road conditions.

Points often overlooked when driving in summer and winter. So, how many times have we all been driving along at 70 mph when we are suddenly hit by a huge downpour of rain.

it happens to us all ? however what is not known is the large numbers of crashes that occur under such weather conditions.

A to B as fast as possible

These days we are always in a rush. I am as guilty as any other driver on the road. Fortunately, I always fit winter tyres to my vehicle. Especially, the van that I drive.

For this reason then I am convinced that they have saved me from a crash. So, how many times have we been lacking concentration driving at speed down our motorways?

Suddenly the traffic in front has come to a quick and dramatic standstill. We slam on the brakes and hope that out vehicle is going to grip the road and stop.

Wow that was close?

I must have done this a few times myself. Unfortunately, for some drivers they dont stop. Often resulting in a minor pile up. I am convinced that my winter tyres have saved me on numerous occasions.

Consequently, I always keep my winter tyres on all year round. As a result they give me security . Also sometimes I have to deliver on dirt roads and farm tracks. These tyres are ideally suited for this purpose.

To finalise, I would recommend that van driver at least use all-weather tyres all the year round. I do admit that the mileage is less but the safety advantages make up for this.

Find out how Michelin Alpine  winter tyres perform next to all-weather tyres in a Ford Focus in standard wet conditions. Do winter tyres compromise performance if used in temperatures above seven degrees?

Eric Roberts

Apollo Tyres show the way-Manufacturing Excellence at Apollo Tyres Showcasing Technology

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Apollo Tyres show the way

This video has opened my eyes to the modern way that tyres are now made? I have been a tyre guy all my life and it is something that gets into your blood. Once in tyre always in tyres. Even after a short break as a fire fighter, i returned to my beloved tyre industry and worked there right up to the present day.

All my life the tyre industry has been portrait as a dirty job and indeed it was. I have visited several tyre factories in my many years in the trade and believe me they were dirty smelly places full of

Apollo Tyres show the way
tyres are now made in a spotless automated environment.

chemicals and rubber of course.

The tyre industry also used to brag about the fact that every tyre was man made. Yes one guy would make one tyre. (known as the tyre builder). he would literally stand at his machine and build a tyre from all the relevant materials, eventually coming out with an inside out tyre”

The tyre would then be placed in a mold of the correct size, where it would be subjected to high temperatures and eventually would pop out as a new tyre of the correct size.

I advice you to take a look at this excellent Apollo Tyres show the way video, where Apollo tyres show the way to modern tyre production methods. This opened my eyes and i would truly love to visit a modern tyre making plant ,to witness this with my own eyes.

I always thought that when you had seen one tyre made then you had seen them all, but not after this Apollo Tyres show the way video?

Apollo tyres are one of  the up and coming tyre manufacturers in the world market as they improve their products by buying companies with much tyre manufacturing experience, such as their recent acquisition of Vredestein tyres, famous for their winter tyre range.

http://www.pellonautocentre.com/our-blog/

Continental tyre test winners -2015 EVO Magazine Performance Tyre Test – Tyrereviews

Continental tyre test winners

The best tyre test from the UK press is finally here the EVO 2015 tyre test.

 

Continental tyre test winners again-Evo 2015 tyre tests

The Evo tyre test is what we all wait for and 2015 is no exception. This type of tyre testing only came out in relatively modern times, when independent examiners were allowed to compare different products and services against similar products from similar manufacturers. It is now a very common practise for comparisons to be published and there has even been a complete industry set up this with comparison web sites springing up all over the place.

continental tyre test winners
Continental tyres tyre yest winners again

Comparison tyre testing has also become popular in Europe’s motoring magazines. The one that most tyre guys go for is the Evo motoring magazine. Evo test all the aspects of tyre performance in both dry and wet weather conditions. Evo also use more unique tyre sizes, in the 2015 test the tyre size used was the 225/40R18, and they were tested on the VW Golf G Ti.

Evo use a test score system that emphasises the comfort levels of the tyres, in other words which tyre feel better when we are actually driving our own cars. In fact 40% of the score is dedicated to this result, “how good does the tyre feel”. This is very important and a should be a big consideration when you are buying your replacement tyres.

The tyre testing itself was carried out in Italy, at the Vizzola testing facility that belongs to the Pirelli tyre company. As I have said earlier the tyres were tested in both wet and dry conditions, using 225/40R18 tyres from ten different tyre companies.

Testing at Pirelli’s Vizzola facility near Milan, Italy, EVO subjected ten of the best 225/40 R18 tyres available today to the usual mix of dry, wet and comfort tests.

Continental Tyres tyre test winners came as no real surprise, but this time they were almost taken over by the up and coming tyre company Yokohama, with their Advan V105S tyres. Third place went to Pirelli tyres with their modified P-Zero.

I am very pleased with the Yokohama tyre result and although Continental  tyre test winners came in at number one they should now keep an eye open for the up and coming mid-range tyre companies who are also making their names as the motorsport tyre suppliers, giving them data for improving their tyre products.

We supply both Continental and Yokohama in our tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire UK, and congratulate them on their excellent achievements.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1231/CONTINENTAL

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Kumho talks tyres-Steve from R3Rockingham talks tyres

Kumho talks tyres

When it comes to avoiding crashes the single most important thing that most of us drivers forget is the black round rubber things that are actually in contact with the ground.

Kumho talks tyres-many car drivers think by buying the most expensive tyres, then they will have the best tyres?

In many cases they could be right. But other tyre companies such as Kumho tyres from South Korea, put just as much into research and development as the likes of Pirelli and Goodyear, not forgetting Michelin of course.

I have been selling Kumho brand tyres, in my tyre shop in Halifax Yorkshire now for the past ten years and i know the quality of their products just through repeat business, besides the other aspects that Kumho have proven to me over the years.

Kumho talks tyres, is exactly what it means, they are forever testing their tyre products both in competition and on tracks like the one on the picture at the Rockingham race circuit here in the UK.

The VW can be sen testing the new Kumho HS-51 tyres in wet conditions.

With the Kumho HS-51 they  have a tyre that will be fitted to most cars from medium saloons to sporty roadsters, and has a performance level that exceeds its price and position in the marketplace, well worth looking at when you look to purchase your next set of tyres.

Kumho are now becoming a huge presence in the tyre replacement market here in the UK. Other up and coming tyre companies include Apollo tyres who have originated from India and the other South Korean giants Hankook tyres.

Hankook and Kumho at the moment lead the way in the case of their motorsport involvement and it is exciting times for us in the tyre industry, that are taking part in the clime to fame of these so called mid-range tyre companies.

Eric Roberts.

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Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event- Spa 24 Hours-biggest event of the year’ – Tyrepress.com

Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event

Pirelli's Tyres Massive Event

Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event

With 9000 tyres transported by 21 trucks, and involving 90 Pirelli personnel on the ground as well as many more away from the circuit, Pirelli will face its biggest logistical engagement in motorsp…

This is a great article from Tyrepress.com?

As a result, it just shows the massive effort that the top tyre companies. So, to put a great effort in when they attend these prestigious racing events. Hence, Pirelli are the tyre suppliers for the Spa 24 hrs race series.

Consequently, taking 9000 tyres (which is nearly the amount of tyres that i sell in my tyre shop in Halifax in a WHOLE YEAR). So, the tyres will be taken by a massive  21 trucks. Involving 90 Pirelli personnel on the ground as well as many more on the race track.

The tyres that this  Massive Event, will be using .Will be the  P Zero DHC tyre for  dry conditions. Also, the Cinturato WH for wet driving conditions.

Spa is renowned for its difficult driving conditions and changing weather and so these tyres will have to perform at their best.

The race is also complimented with different car designs. Offering the tyre suppliers more potential problems. This race series also includes front and rear wheel cars. As a result, that will offer the Pirelli’s Tyres Massive Event, more potential head aches. So, as the racing progresses.

Most of the road cars that are used to race at the Blancpain GT Series also use Pirelli tyres as original equipment, cars such as the BMW Blancpain GT Series use the Pirelli P Zero tyres as original equipment. This tyre is a very close relation to the ones used for the racing cars.

The lessons that are learned from the race series will in the longer run benefit the experience of driving these luxury cars on the normal roads.

Eric Roberts

 

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Yokohama VW Scirocco Tyres- Sporting tyre story from Adam Beeston on Twitter

Yokohama VW Scirocco Tyres

Can highly recommend these @YRC_Global Yokohama tyres they stick like glue on the scirocco @VWUKNews #stickytyres pic.twitter.com/bcToiWFgEu

Yokohama VW Scirocco Tyres

Of course, Yokohama Tyres are on their way to become a top ten contender in the world tyre companies. Must be remembered that Yokohama are a Japanese tyre company. So, with great ambitions to be one of the globes best tyre companies.

Not only do they sell a good product but, they have also developed a green environmental tyre, called the “BLUE EARTH’.

The guy who tweeted is certainly happy with his new tyres, fitted to his VW Scirocco, and like thousands of our customers here in Halifax,Yorkshire,UK he will get years of great service from his new Yokohama VW Scirocco tyres.

As many of my readers will know. This Japanese tyre company. Are also very well known for their involvement in manufacturing and supplying tyres for motorsport. This involvement helps in research and development. Designing new tyres for the regular passenger car market.

Pellon tyres in Yorkshire UK, became a Yokohama tyre dealer

So, we have  had nothing else but praise for  this  excellent tyre product. Point-S are our main suppliers now in 2018. So we buy direct with  Point-S rebate.

It came  as no surprise to me when the Twitter guy Adam Beeston, thought it necessary to tweet about the  VW Scirocco tyres. These tyres have always appealed to the younger sportier type of driver.

Yokohama have had many years of motorsport experience. Research and development that has emanated from their tyre products . So, has been passed onto the passenger car tyre market. Making a tyre that has compounds to ensure that the tyre sticks to the road.

Yokohama are also renowned for their expertise in creating a greener tyre. This is known as the “Blue Earth tyre” and is now becoming one of their best sellers.

Other brands we recommend are General tyres and Continental tyres. 

Eric Roberts

www.pellonautocentre.com

 

Yokohama tyres Shirt Sponsor Chelsea FC-Tyler Wilson on Twitter

Yokohama tyres Shirt Sponsor Chelsea FC

Yokohama tyres at Chelsea FC

Just bought a new car this #EPL eve. Had to have @YokohamaTC tyres! Up the Chels! #CFC @ChelseaFC #KTBFFH pic.twitter.com/hPQGBuh7Ev

Yokohama tyres Shirt Sponsor Chelsea FC

I must admit that Yokohama pulled off a great coup when they did a deal to become Chelsea FC’s tyre sponsors.

Other tyre companies are teaming up with big time premier league football clubs including a recent deal between Manchester United and Apollo Tyres.

Apollo tyres are now getting a foothold in to the British tyre market with the recent acquisition of Dutch tyre company Vredestein Tyres, who are famous for producing some of the best SUV and winter tyres in Europe. This has enabled Apollo tyres to compete with Yokohama as one of the up and coming tyre players in the UK tyre market.

The world of tyres has been making massive profits.

Due to modernisation and innovation coming from all the major and mid-range tyre companies. This has enabled the tyre companies to compete with other big businesses and compete with the advertising potential that comes from deals with the big football clubs across Europe. This includes the  Yokohama tyres at Chelsea FC recent deal.

I can remember when tyre companies. Could only afford to spend their advertising money on “billboard advertising”. TV advertising was used, but only as general style TV ads. Subsequently,  not the massive shirt sponsorship deals that we see today, like the  Yokohama tyres at Chelsea FC and the Apollo tyres at Manchester United deals in recent years.

As the owner of a Tyre shop here in Halifax ,Yorkshire

So, for the past 27 years, i welcome the wealth that has flowed into the tyre industry in recent years. Tyre companies have been falling over themselves to Yokohama tyres at Chelsea FCdeck out my depot in their very professional logos and advertising expertise. Yokohama have been very proactive and have practically re-designed my depot,(a big thanks to Yokohama?)

We do of course sell their products but in the past we were always starved of any corporate help from the tyre companies. Michelin would give the odd Michelin Man to stick up somewhere in the depot and the odd tyre pressure chart, but i must say things have moved in the right direction in recent times and most independent tyre shops are looking much better for the makeovers.

Eric Roberts

http://www.point-s.co.uk/tyres/brands/apollo

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Michelin want Bigger tyres-Low-profile future for single-seaters

Michelin want Bigger tyres

Michelin’s Serge Grisin explains why race tyre makers want bigger wheels

Michelin want bigger tyres on race cars

In their bid for a better relationship between race cars and the regular passenger car users.

This will improve tyre development and many of the racing world’s premiere single-seater championship events are heading for an  increase in wheel diameters in a bid by Michelin to make the tyres used for racing more relevant to the everyday road cars.

At the moment, the top racing championships such as F1, GP2 and Formula Renault all operate their cars on 13-inch wheels, but tyre suppliers especially Michelin believe that using 17 or 18-inch wheels will help their technology transition more effectively into every day road tyres.

The relatively new world of the  electric racing car championship, Formula E, has become the pace setters, by using different tyres to the rest of the racing world.

Michelin’s Formula E project manager. Serge Grisin says..”From the very start the idea was to have maximum links between our cars and the street tyres of the future,‘So what we learn in racing is much easier to transfer to a street tyre because of the championship’s similarities”.

I believe that the tyre companies will get their own way and why not? they are the ones who are having to speed up the transition to more greener and environmental tyre products. The motorsport scene accelerates the research and development that is required to improve tyre technology.

The bottom line is that Michelin want Bigger tyres and to give the F1 teams more choices as to which tyre compounds to use and have more changes of tyres during a race and practice session. I am not sure whether Pirelli, who are the present suppliers of tyres, agree with this, but i do not think that they will give up the franchise so easily.

Eric Roberts

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Tyre/Brand/1272/MICHELIN

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