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 EfficientGrip Performance: Track test at the track at Mireval Montpellier in France.

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance: Track test

Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance

Used two VW Golfs for the testing purposes. The new Goodyear tyres were tested by competing them with a competotors tyre. Hence the tests were carried out for performance and wet driving conditions.

AS a result, these kinds of testing are very important. Hence, the data is used to mdernise compounds and tread deigns. Accordingly, Goodyear have  a few testing tracks including one in Luxemburgh. I have been lucky enough to visit this track. Indeed, I took part in the test for the Goodyear Grand Prix tyres.

Of course, the tyres were teted using bog standard Vauxhall Cavalier 1600 models.So, the tyres were 18570R13 in size. My tester was a Swdedish rally driver. I just forget his name. However, he tore a set of tyres off the car in one circuit of the Luxenburgh track? A terrifying experience?

Eric Roberts

Goodyear invited us to its test track at Mireval, near Montpellier, to test the EfficientGrip Performance and compare it with some of its competitors on the wet.

Goodyear invited us to its test track at Mireval, near Montpellier, to test the EfficientGrip Performance and compare it with some of its competitors on the wet. EfficientGrip Performance Test Goodyear EfficientGrip Performance Test – Copyright © : Goodyear Wet road driving: Disconcertingly easy First of all, Goodyear suggested […]

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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CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC- Tyre company back total ban on drivers using Mobile-Phones

CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC

Related manufacturers: After Market Products , CONNECTIVITY , Motoring Surveys , Parts & Accessories , Safety , Technology , Tyres NISSAN UK – With drivers’ use of mobile phones acknowledged as endemic, two-thirds of motorists believe the Government should introduce technology to disable certain phone functions for the sake […]

CONTINENTAL TYRES-MOBILE PHONE EPIDEMIC

CONTINENTAL TYRES

Millions of British motorists, are guilty of driving whilst using mobile phones. Many authorities, including the Government are looking at technology to block drivers from using their phones.

 With drivers’ use of mobile phones acknowledged as endemic. For this reason, two-thirds of motorists believe the Government should introduce technology. Therefore, to disable certain phone functions for the sake of safety according to new research released today.

It is not just taking calls.But a larger concern is drivers reading texts. Including the  checking of social media profiles. Hence, viewing emails is now more of a concern than taking or making  phone calls.Thus, this means that the drivers are not just speaking on their phones but taking their eyes off the road. Naturally when reading and sending texts.

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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.

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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

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Why Wheel Alignment Matters-Giant speed bumps in France are likely to cause damage to your car ?

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

To ensure a car drives safely, efficiently and behaves as the vehicle manufacturer intended. So, it’s important that your vehicles  wheels are correctly aligned.

However, through everyday driving, or factors such as hitting a kerb or a pothole, the wheels can become misaligned, bringing a host of tyre related problems.

This brings me onto a subject about speed bumps?

Has anyone traveled to France recently ? well just like their enthusiasm about roundabouts. France has gone mad with the installation of massive speed bumps Especially when entering and leaving towns and villages.

Apparently many of these are illegal, but it sure means good business for the local garages who offer wheel alignment to the poor motorists who have to face these monstrous speed bumps on a regular basis.

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

British drivers be aware when visiting France ?

So please find this post a warning for drivers visiting France. Consequently, who are not aware of the size of these things. So, drive over them at a very slow speed. Especially when driving you vehicle, in the dark.

Why Wheel Alignment Matters

Certainly speed bumps will harm your suspension. Causing, your wheel alignment to be thrown out. During an alignment check, the car’s suspension geometry settings will be measured against the vehicle manufacturer’s recommendations.

If the car’s actual settings are outside of the recommendations, it may be necessary to carry out some adjustment work and return the vehicle to its original settings, ensuring maximum safety and driver comfort.

Keeping wheels correctly aligned. Is important for a number of reasons: Safer driving – On cars where the geometry is out of alignment, they can be less stable when having to take emergency or evasive action. A pre-alignment check of tyre condition, pressures and a suspension system inspection is […]

Pirelli Tyre Testing-The 2017 Pirelli Formula 1 tyre tests in numbers

Pirelli Tyre Testing

Over the last few months Pirelli has conducted extensive testing on its new, wider range of 2017 Formula 1 tyres. The Italian tyre supplier has completed 24 days of running on its new 2017 compounds, with three teams being involved. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull have racked up laps […]

Pirelli Tyre Testing

As expected, the F1 season may have come to a close for another year. Of course, the work of testing new tyres and tyre compounds goes on for the giant Pirelli tyre company.

Hence,  tyres are being  tested by three of the major racing teams. Including Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull. Therefore, this  excellent article fills the F1 fanatic in with all the details and is an interesting read.

The Italian tyre supplier has completed 24 days of running on its new 2017 compounds, with three teams being involved.

 

Pirelli Tyre Testing

Pirelli Sottozero Snow Tyres-Preparing the Ferrari FF for Winter

Pirelli Sottozero Snow Tyres

Pirelli Sottozero Snow Tyres

Now that the Ferrari FF has returned to the UK. Of course, where unsurprisingly the weather is not quite as nice. So, as it has been experiencing for the previous 3 months based in Monaco.

I have moved over to winter tyres. The standard summer Pirelli P-zero tyres are swapped to the Pirelli Sottozero winter rubber. So that I can now continue to use it truly as a daily car even in winter. Typically my luck would now make it that we don’t experience snow this winter so maybe I’ll make a trip to the Alps with the car in due course!

Thanks to Pirelli and to Protyre Bishops Stortford, please check out:

W240 Winter Sottozero 2

The ideal choice for sports cars and top end vehicles, balancing performance, safety and respect for the environment.

For demanding drivers, the WINTER SOTTOZERO™ SERIE II guarantees excellent performance on dry roads, in the wet and in the presence of snow. In temperatures below 7°C, it counters aquaplaning more effectively when compared to a summer tyre.

FEATURES
  • Asymmetrical tread pattern: internal area
  • Asymmetrical tread pattern: external area
  • Patented I.B.S. technology for sipe construction
  • New Temperature Dynamic Compound (TDC)
FUNCTIONS
  • Inclined grooves to increase lateral grip and reduce noise
  • Longitudinal grooves to reduce aquaplaning risk Two ribs to increase tire rigidity
  • Increased contact area even on irregular roads. Increased tire rigidity
  • Excellent handling and grip in dry and wet conditions
BENEFIT
  • Safety on wet surfaces and enhanced handling in the dry
  • Improved grip for traction and braking performance. Stability for improved handling
  • Snow traction and riding comfort
  • Safety and enjoyment when driving in autumn and winter weather conditions.

Pirelli winter tyres ,like other makes are the way forward for better winter safety features. Especially if you intend to visit countries that have compulsory snow tyre laws.

Eric Roberts

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