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Michelin CrossClimate-Could this end the winter tyres debate-A summer tyre for winter use

Michelin CrossClimate

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Not a winter tyre, not a summer tyre … not even an ‘all-seasons’ tyre – so what is the CrossClimate? | PistonHeads

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This has been an active debate in my LinkedIn tyre group would this new tyre from Michelin CrossClimate. I think that the new tyre will be a success but will not affect the sale of true winter tyres.

In an excellent reply, A representative from Michelin explained why the new tyre is different. Hence,  from other similar types and is not the same as an all-weather tyre.  Because of the sipes and the compound of the tyre.

Michelin CrossClimate in the debate?

If nothing else the Michelin CrossClimate tyre has opened up a discussion between the tyre dealers. As to what the tyre is?
The answer will be coming up later in my article. For years now we have had different tyres. Of course,  coming out from various tyre manufacturers.

These have claimed to be an all-season tyre. In other words. Naturally, a tyre that will cope with dry, sunny weather in summer. Therefore will also deal with inclement weather in winter time, including ice and snow.
In my opinion, the objective was never quite reached. The problem in achieving this has always been a perennial one.

It ‘s hard to combine the correct compound with the tread pattern. Thus,  would be required to give you winter grip in snow.
Vredestein (now owned by Apollo tyres) have always made a good quality winter tyre. That has won many awards over the years. But in my opinion. We always found that the “Quatrac” which was an all-weather tyre, tough to sell. It was as if the customers had a fixed idea of what they wanted.
Here in Halifax Yorkshire UK. We have a good uptake of drivers who want winter tyres fitting. Because we are in a very hilly district. Therefore, we do experience snow throughout the winter period. They have a fixed idea of what they want. They want to be the ones that can get to school and work on snowy mornings, because of the winter tyres fitted to their cars and SUV’s.

The Michelin CrossClimate

started a great debate in a LinkedIn tyre forum, with some members doubting that this tyre was any different to the ones before it, but I had a great comment from a Michelin Guy who told us exactly why the CrossClimate was an entirely different tyre to its predecessors
I will publish the comment as soon as I get permission from the writer.

For more interesting reading  http://www.michelin.com/eng/media-room/press-and-news/michelin-news/Innovation/The-new-MICHELIN-CrossClimate-tire-a-turning-point-in-history

http://www.pellontyres.co.uk/Content/Page/A+Michelin+new+CrossClimate+Tyre

In a recent reply by way of a comment,

  • Damien HALLEZ-GOZARD

    Head of Technical Communication at Michelin explains in great detail why the CrossClimate is a unique and different tyre, to those before it

    Hello,
    “I just want to clarify the positioning of this revolutionary tyre:
    The Michelin CrossClimate is the first ever summer tyre with winter certification; it’s not an all-season tyre (the performance of A/S tyres in Europe are more similar to the performance of winter tyres but significantly worse than summer tyres in areas such as dry braking, longevity, and fuel efficiency).

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    targets the 65% of European motorists who keep the drive on summer tyres all year, the 5% of European drivers who drive on winter tyres all year and the 4% who use all-season tyres. These figures come from our studies, and it’s these real users’ needs that lead Michelin to launch the CrossClimate (and not a VW request).

    The goal is to be armed against changing weather conditions and to offer mobility (traction and braking) whatever the weather in temperate areas with occasional snow. For consumers who frequently face snow and ice conditions, Michelin still recommends using winter tyres which are designed to have optimal all-around performance in snow and ice conditions.
    This performance in both summer and winter conditions is possible due to associated technologies.

    Dry performance close to a summer tyre (Michelin Energy Saver+) is possible due to the large tread blocks with auto-blocking sipes that also ensures tyre life similar to that of a summer tyre.
    Wet performance is made possible due to the silica-based compound and the particular design of the tread pattern and the complex sipes used.

    Snow performance is possible due to the compound and the tread pattern which creates a caterpillar effect on snow, and also due to the complex sipes within the tread blocks. What is important on snow, is the length of edges (of the tread blocks and sipes) and not only the number of sipes, or the density of edge. The density of these efficient-on-snow edges on the Michelin CrossClimate is very close to that of a winter tyre, and the way to use these edges is completely original on this new tyre.

    The Michelin CrossClimate

    has the 3PMSF winter homologation. This means the tyre has passed a test following the UNECE R117 regulation. US test facilities belong to the agreed laboratories to make these tests. And the testing conditions are completely in-line with the usage the new tyre is designed for (see above).

    The compound is not derived from a summer tyre, but specially designed for the intended usage. Mr Shaw gave his opinion, but we have a lot of technologies available to extend the temperature window of a compound, plastifiers, resins, etc., but we also have a way to mix functional short and long polymers with silica. Ingredients are one part, but the way the recipe is mixed is the central part”.

    Eric Roberts

 

 

Pilot Sport Cup 2 by Michelin tyres chosen for Porsche Cayman GT4 launch – Telegraph.co.uk

Pilot Sport Cup 2
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Pilot Sport Cup 2 by Michelin tyres ;Just like the Porsche 918 Spyder and GT3 before it, the new and hotly anticipated Porsche Cayman GT4 comes fitted with Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres

Michelin tyres are starting to compete again. They are entering more motorsport events and bringing out new types of tyres, with greener credentials.

Michelin recommends that you fit the Pilot Sport  Cup 2 tyres in sets of four

This tyre is another product straight from the Michelin motorsport developments. Consequently, I have stated on many occasions that the more involvement that tyre companies.Especially, in the field of motorsport, then the better the end product will be when making new tyres for the cars of the masses.
The Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres are no exception to this rule. The research and development that the giant French tyre company. Naturally, has gained from their years of involvement in the motor racing scene.Thus including F1 and the famous Le Mans 24 hour races.


The Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres were developed for the drivers with a desire to become a racing driver.Because they are firstly known as a track day tyre, in fact, the tyre is a semi-slick but meets all the requirements of a legal road tyre.
The tyres are primarily made to be used on a dry track. But when the weather is wet.It is advisable to alter your driving style.Hence to drive with more caution,(a bit like the Michelin tyres in days gone by).As expected,they were never renowned in the wet?

Great Value the Pilot Sports Cup 2 by Michelin tyres

When driving your car on a track day with these tyres fitted. Hence, you should do the first few laps at a steady speed. To gradually build up the heat of the tyres. Therefore, this is best observed when you see the F1 cars doing warm up laps. This practice makes the tread compound softer. Therefore, will aid the tyres grip. Especially, in dry weather conditions. Of course, on which the Pilot Sports Cup 2 tyres are better suited.
Tyre pressures are also important. Thus, and should be adjusted from normal road pressures to the recommended pressures. Naturally, used on the track circuit. Of course re-adjust the tyre pressures back for regular road use.
Finally,the precise benefits of these tyres. Can be seen on the Michelin website by looking at…http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/michelin-pilot-sport-cup-2

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres for use in winter time as winter tyres.

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres tyre comparison with winter tyres.

The Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres offer the advantages of summer tyres. Naturally, in wet braking, dry braking and longevity. Therefore plus the advantages of winter tyres in traction and braking.Thus, when driving in occasional snowy conditions. Of course, with the simplicity of only one set of tyres all year long.

Michelin have in my opinion, set a new bench mark in tyre design. Because as far as i know the CrossClimate is the first summer tyre with winter tyre capabilities.

We all know of the old dull name of “all-weather tyre”. Over the years this name has been diluted. It became a nothing word in the tyre industry. The name has fallen apart, since the introduction of the modern winter tyre. These tyre are now much quieter than their older counterparts. Old winter tyres had very deep and noisy tread patterns.

Michelin CrossClimate Summer tyres set a new benchmark

This was not any good for the modern cars. New tyres were introduced for this purpose. Now we have a new generation from Michelin. Hence, a summer tyre also suitable for winter use.

Compare the performance of MICHELIN CrossClimate all-weather vs winter tyres in tests across different weather conditions.

Take the test: http://crossclimate.michelin.co.uk/
Read more: http://www.michelin.co.uk/tyres/michelin-crossclimate

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MICHELIN Rally TYRES – A look at one of the most successful Rally tyre products

MICHELIN Rally TYRES
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WRC Rallye Monte-Carlo: Live positions, videos, information and photos. The best of the Rallye Monte-Carlo from the stages

Source: en.best-of-rallylive.com

Good article showing the new extensive range of Rally tyres

All this talk about rally tyres has re-lit my interest and passion about the whole tyre scene. It takes me back to my early twenties, when I used to attend some of the British rallies such as the Mintex rally here in the UK. One of my favourites because it took place in my beautiful county of Yorkshire, and included great stages such as Dolby forest and the Yorkshire dales.
My first sight of a rally car flying through the air was with Goodyear tyres. The company that I was manager of. In those days was a Goodyear tyres equity that no longer exists now called Tyreservices GB Ltd.

Tyreservices introduced me to the rally scene by allowing me to sell Goodyear rally tyres to my local rally enthusiasts, the ground level guys who took part in the local rally scene, mainly in their Mini’s and Ford Escorts.

MICHELIN Rally TYRES

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Michelin rally gravel tyres

Goodyear and Michelin rally tyres would attend the large rally’s. Consequently, much as they do today. With their big trucks that were equipped with tyre fitting machines . Complete with a huge stock of replacement tyres. I would go along to the rest and overnight area. Of course, during the rally and change the tyres to new ones when required. Although I am far away from an expert on rally tyres.

I have so called got a second wind of enthusiasm. Hence, this time I am the lucky owner of my very own tyre business. Here in Halifax, Yorkshire UK.
I am lucky . Because I do not have to follow any brand of tyres. So have become a keen follower of Michelin. Including, their involvement in the motorsport field.

Also I  am a fan of Yokohama tyres . Furthermore, who are also great sponsors in the world of motorsport. But, compare to Michelin are relative new boys on the block. I am also a keen watcher of the motors TV channel. Which keeps us all up to speed with most motoring events . Also the tyre companies activity of course.

Michelin rally tyres revive 70 and 80’ rally stars

The 1970’s and 80’s were very exciting times, with all sorts of car manufacturers bringing out rally versions of their new models. The attraction was, (I think) the fact that the larger rallies were now shown on national TV, I will never forget when I first saw the Monte-Carlo rally with our great British Mini Copper’s doing so well. The French tyre company, were also doing very well and one of the star tyres was to be the TB15 tyre.

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Michelin rally tyres were becoming the ones to use and became very popular on cars like the Sunbeam Tigers, MGB’s, Daimlers and Lancia Fulvia,s not forgetting the Porsche 911’s, Michelin rally tyres also supported the Alpine Renault Works team with tyres.
The TB15 was originally built with different compounds, which were typed on the sidewalls in French, just out of interest these letters were. S- Sec French for dry and were slick tyres, T-Tous, which were an all-weather tyre intermediate compound tyre and finally P-Pluie which means rain in French, which was a wet weather tyre.

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Michelin have now revived the TB15 and have made it road legal. The tyres are E-marked with tread wear indicators and come with load and speed ratings.
The new tyres will be used as wet racing tyres in the vintage rally car events as it always proved very popular the first time round.
Coming back to the modern rally era, no doubt that the new TB15 will be very popular on the Rallye Monte-Carlo Historique, which has attracted over 300 entrants, for rally cars that took part in actual events between 1955 and 1980.

MICHELIN Rally TYRES
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michelin tb15 rally tyres making a comeback.

We responded to the request by many drivers who wished to rekindle the “rally stars” of the ʹ70s and ʹ80s by reviving the TB 15 tyres, as they were the most versatile rally car tyres.
These excellent mixed tyres provide the best performance on wet roads during vintage racing car rallies. I will be looking forward to watching the highlights on TV.
Also as we all know Michelin rally tyres will be heavily features in the 2015 WRC rally events, including an entry this year from Hyundai, which will be run on the new i20 and attended by Hyundai motorsport mechanics and engineers and of course they will be using Michelin rally tyres.
Eric Roberts

 

 

Correct Michelin Winter Tyres – be prepared for the weather and look for the right winter tyre.

Correct Michelin Winter Tyres

You have only to look at our  website,www.pellontyres.co.uk.Naturally, to see what a choice of Michelin winter tyres that there is. To fit your car.

Michelin develops tyres adapted to all weather situations.Because of the highest level of combined performance factors.Therefore, this is necessary to fit the vast range of vehicles that we now drive.because, with Michelin, it is now easy to make the right choice!

Winter tyres are now made in sizes and load ratings.Consequently, to fit all types of vehicles. Of course, the newest version, which  is the CrossClimate. Of course, this is a summer tyre that has some great winter qualities. Thus, the Alpin series are available in many sizes and suitable for high-performance cars.

The Michelin Pilot Alpin PA4 tyres are certified by car manufacturers for use on sporty high-performance cars. Michelin tyres have become famous for their winter tyre collection.

Correct Michelin Winter Tyres

The winter tyres were developed from many years because of Michelins participation in motorsport events. Tyre were developed and engineered by using the most up to date testing equipment that was available at the time.

Throughout the decades, cars have become faster and sturdier. Naturally, suspensions were getting more scientific. Computers were helping to put the testing data together. During race meetings, Michelin would try out different compounds and tread patterns. Their aim was to make the best performing tyres on the market. Of course, this also applied to the winter tyres.

Tyre factories became much cleaner and this lead to better quality tyre production. As a result, faulty tyres became a thing of the past. Winter tyres were made from different materials.Silica was the master new compound  ingredient. Making winter tyres more flexible and responsive to adverse road conditions.

Tread patterns also improved. Thus, making the winter tyres much quieter and responsive to the needs of the modern cars and SUV models.

Find the right tyre for you here:
http://www.michelin.co.uk/

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Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter-(new all-season tyre technology) – Autogefühl

Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter

This Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter video. Coming from the German motoring magazine Auto gefuehl.

In my opinion, Michelin has been ingenious. Of course, what they have done is to turn things around. For many years now we have had an alternative to the summer tyre and the winter tyres. As expected, we know this tyre as the “all-weather” tyre.

The all-weather tyre has been on sale for years now. As a result, the phrase has become stale in the minds of drivers. Although most tyre manufacturers still make the all-weather tyre. Sales have been dropping over the years.

One of the reasons has been the significant improvement of the original winter tyres. These winter tyres are not the noisy monsters that they used to be. Winter tyres have been completely revitalised.

The addition of extra materials has brought winter tyres right up to date. Silica has been the main saviour. Therefore winter tyres are now produced for most of the vehicles on today’s market.

It looked like the death of the all-weather tyres.

Michelin CrossClimate-driving summer tyres in winter

In my opinion, Michelin tyres have turned things around. When winter approaches, some drivers will not spend money on winter tyres. In came Michelin tyres, they introduced a tyre that was a summer tyre that performed well in winter weather.

This was a new concept. Customers are still buying summer tyres that will help them drive in winter conditions. For this reason, in came the Michelin CrossClimate tyre. This video shows how the new style of tyre works in inclement weather.

We took a look for you at the Michelin CrossClimate – driving summer tyres in winter (new all-season tyre technology)

Recommended:
http://newcarz.de

Deutscher Text: http://www.autogefuehl.de/2015/03/11/michelin-crossclimate-mit-sommerreifen-auch-im-winter-fahren/

Michelin Classic-Classic Tyre range from perhaps the worlds leading tyre makers.

Michelin Classic

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RT @MichelinTyres: OUT NOW: Michelin 2015 range of #Classic tyres: http://t.co/eYiSi6ldA8 – Available via @LongstoneTyres & @VintageTyre ht…

Source: www.michelinclassic.com

The thing i love about this story,the Michelin classic it ,is the fact that this is what i was brought up on, all these different types of Michelin’s bring back great memories to me.

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/continental-michelin-self-seal-tyre/

The tyre industry has brought me a great life. And I feel very proud when I look back, that I started off in the sixties and except for a spell of a couple of years, I have worked in the tyre industry, for all my life.

This Michelin classic article helps me bring many memories and the good times that I have (and still do) working in tyres.

Michelin classic is the true word when it comes to their history and the string of classic michelin classictyres that they have produced over the years, beginning with the classic “X” radial tyre, the tyre that was the envy of the tyre world. Michelin then proceeded to improve on the “X” tyre, bringing out such well known favorites as the “ZX” and the “XZX”.
These steel belted radials will be well remembered by the older guys, because no other tyre company could match the impressive mileage that you could get from these tyres. The only slight downside that I remember was that they were a little prone to skidding in wet weather, but never the less these were still the tyres to beat for quality and high mileage.

Michelin Classic

In the early days I worked for a Dunlop tyres owned outlet. I can always remember that the Michelin product, (that is now referred to as a Michelin classic) . Hence, would be slagged off by the guys from Dunlop. But I realised later that it was just jealousy .  I soon realised that whatever tyres we sold you could not escape from the quality and class of the Michelin designed products, that have now become a Michelin classic in their own right.
A little later on in my career I diverted to truck and earthmover tyres. So I missed some of Michelin’s car design tyres. As a result ,such as the “XAS” and the “XVS”. Which were developed for the faster and more comfortable cars . Hence, that were coming out mainly from Germany. For example, such as the BMW’s and the Mercedes sedan type cars. These tyres provided

michelin classic
Michelin classic ZX tyre

comfort and safety. As well as the now legendary Michelin high mileage. Michelin were one of the first tyre companies to bring out their tyres. Thus, with different speed ratings . That would suit this new type of car. That we were now seeing.
Hence the French tyre giants have always commanded a premium price for their tyre products. But they have proved that time and time again the extra money has been well worth paying and in my opinion they are still the number one tyre company in the world, always striving to create better tyre products and new innovations.

Michelin Classic

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Michelin Racing Tyres returns as tyre supplier for STCC – TouringCarTimes

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Michelin is back as tyre supplier for the Scandinavian Touring Car Championship ahead of the 2015 season. ”We are happy to have reached…

Source: www.touringcartimes.com

Another good news story from Michelin racing tyres, they will take over from Yokohama of Japan shortly.

http://www.wintertyres-yorkshire.co.uk/formula-e-michelin-tyres/

There is no doubt that some of the best tyres in the world. will now be driven by some of the best drivers in the world.Of course, from the Scandinavian countries. When Michelin racing tyres become suppliers of their excellent products.Thus, for the upcoming 2015 season of the Scandinavian touring car season (STCC).
The Scandinavian touring car championship was at one time split. Accordingly,into two different countries. The Danish Championship and the Swedish Championship. Of course, the event became more prestigious in 2011. Because, the two were joined at they became the michelin racing tyresScandinavian touring car championships (STCC).
Yokohama tyres were the suppliers to the STCC, but the tyre deal has now gone to Michelin racing tyres.For this reason, they will be sole suppliers to the Scandinavian cars. Yokohama tyres have a foreign involvement in the type of racing and are still tyre suppliers for the European Touring Car Cup (ETCC), and also the World Touring car Championships.Michelin racing tyres

Michelin racing tyres

Are dipping their feet in the world of motorsport again.Thereby supplying tyres to other types of racing.Including the FE championships. Which are of course, the F1 version using electric cars.
“Michelin is back as the official tire supplier in the STCC. Four classes will compete on the deck from the French manufacturer Michelin 2015 and will supply four classes in the STCC package. Porsche Carrera Cup Scandinavia is joined by sister class Swedish GT formula car class Formula Renault 1.6 and the main class STCC”, said a spokesman for the Scandinavian championship.
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. Accordingly, give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell.

Michelin Racing Tyres

We also sell Michelin Tyres online from our website www.pellontyres.co.uk by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. By using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. naturally, we offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing.For this reason, we are also an official MOT testing station. Naturally, are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

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…

Source: www.youtube.com

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 www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.

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

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

Source: www.tyreblog.co.uk

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 www.pellontyres.co.uk 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.